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Citadelle de Besançon

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    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.

    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).


    Opening periods

    - Low season 2023: 4 February to 31 March and 1 November to 31 December, 10am - 5pm (NB: closed on 25 December and 1 January). - High season: 1 July to 31 August inclusive, 9am - 7pm - Intermediate season: 1 April to 30 June inclusive and 1 September to 31 October, 9am - 6pm - Closed from 1 January to 3 February inclusive
    from Wednesday 11/01 to Sunday 12/24/2023-from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    from Tuesday 12/26 to Sunday 12/31/2023-from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Practical information

    Group service


    Site de défense
    UNESCO World Heritage


    Specific theme activities
    Junior workshop
    Specialist conferences
    Temporary exhibitions


    Note pads
    Portable screen
    Wall-mounted screen
    Broadband Internet
    DVD player
    Fixed microphone
    Sound system


    Room rental


      MINI Max Additional information
    Gratuitieschildren under 4, disabled adults/children + 1 accompanying adult, veterans (on presentation of card), tourism business cards (please enquire before your visit)
    Subscriber's rate21 €52.5 €unlimited free admission for 12 consecutive months: €21 Solo (1 adult), €52.50 Family (2 adults + up to 6 under-age children), €42 Family solo (1 adult + up to 6 under-age children)
    Base rate - full rate adult9.5 €12.5 €12.50 € in high season from 01/07 to 31/08; €11.50 in mid-season from 01/04 to 30/06 and from 01/09 to 31/10; €9.50 in low season from 04/02 to 31/03 and from 01/11 to 31/12.
    Seminars / prices for a day71 €-based on 14 people
    Half day package50 €-on the basis of 14 people
    room rental420 €2400 €
    Other rate9.5 €-student/apprentice, accompanying a Citadelle season ticket holder, RSA holder, jobseeker
    child's price5.8 €9.5 €5.80 € 4-7 years, € 9.50 8-17 years
    Special rate37 €-

    Means of payment

    Credit card
    Cheques and postal orders
    Holiday vouchers


    See also

    Partner member

    Amis des Musées et de la Bibliothèque de Besançon

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    Journée sportive à pied et à vélo dans le Grand Besançon