Citadelle de Besançon

Vauban’s masterpiece, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Besançon Citadel is considered one of the most beautiful in France. It overlooks the old town of the Comtois capital by more than 100 metres, set in a meander of the river, and offers spectacular panoramic views from its walkways. As a cultural and tourist attraction, the Citadelle keeps its promise: a living heritage full of emotion.
In addition to the admirably restored architectural complex, which covers 12 hectares, the Citadel houses three Museums of France behind its ramparts, which are ideal for fascinating visits:
– the Musée Comtois, an exhibition space for the traditions of Franche-Comté and for reflection on our times
– the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation: closed until 2023 for a complete metamorphosis.
– the Museum, which illustrates biodiversity and participates in the preservation of 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.
– Open all year round except 25/12, 1 January and closed from 1 January 2023 to 3 February 2023 inclusive

Thanks to this treasure hunt, travel through the ages and explore the different spaces and museums of the Citadel to save the Marcellin family from an ancestral curse.

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Citadelle de Besançon
99 Rue des Fusillés de la Résistance
03 81 87 83 33
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Opening periods and special opening conditions / Covid-19

- Low season 2023: from 4 February to 31 March and from 1 November to 31 December, 10H to 17H (NB: closed on 25 December and 1 January). - High season: from July 1st to August 31st inclusive, 9H to 19H - Intermediate season: from 1st April to 30th June inclusive and from 1st September to 31st October, 9am - 6pm Annual closure in January


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