Vauban's masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Besançon Citadel is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. It towers more than 100 metres above the old town of the Comtois capital, set in a meander of the river, and offers spectacular panoramic views from its ramparts. A major cultural and tourist attraction, the Citadelle delivers on its promise of a living heritage that is full of emotion.
In addition to the admirably restored 12-hectare architectural complex, the Citadelle is home to three Museums of France behind its ramparts, offering a fascinating range of attractions:
- the Musée Comtois, a showcase for the traditions of Franche-Comté and a place to reflect on our times
- the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Museum of the Resistance and Deportation), which will reopen on 8 September 2023 after being closed for more than three years, including 16 months of works.
- the Museum, which illustrates biodiversity and helps to preserve endangered species in its various areas (Zoological Garden, Aquarium, Insectarium, Noctarium and small farm). Nowhere else in France is it possible to see such a diversity of animals in one place.
8-10 SEPTEMBER 2023: INAUGURAL WEEKEND FOR THE RESISTANCE AND DEPORTATION MUSEUM
After 3 years of work, the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation in Besançon will reopen its doors on 8 September 2023! It will be offering completely redesigned spaces in order to renew its message and continue its essential mission of transmitting history.
To mark the occasion, a live show and musical programme will punctuate the inaugural weekend from 8 to 10 September, with free admission to the Citadelle.
PLEASE NOTE: on 8 September, from 5am to 11pm, traffic and parking will be prohibited on rue de Fusillés, except for the Ginko Citadelle bus service (terminus at the Chamars car park, leaving every 10 minutes) and PRM passengers. On this day, entry to the Citadelle will be limited to the museum and the performance areas (chapel and cour des cadets).