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Citadelle de Besançon

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© David LEFRANC
  • © David LEFRANC
  • © Cédric Lambert
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  • © Eric Chatelain
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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, an exhibition of 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 reopened on 8 September 2023 after being closed for more than three years, including 16 months of renovation work.
    - 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.


    Dates

    Opening periods

    Annual closure, from 8 January 2024 to 9 February 2024 inclusive Closed on 1 January 2024, 18 March 2024, 19 March 2024, 20 March 2024, 21 March 2024 and 22 March 2024 (Closed for works). Mondays in low season: Citadelle closed (EXCEPT FOR GROUPS AND BY RESERVATION)
    from Saturday 02/10 to Sunday 03/17/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    from Saturday 03/23 to Sunday 03/31/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    from Monday 04/01 to Sunday 06/30/2024-from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Monday 07/01 to Saturday 08/31/2024-from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
    from Sunday 09/01 to Thursday 10/31/2024-from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Friday 11/01 to Tuesday 12/24/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    from Thursday 12/26 to Tuesday 12/31/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


    Practical information

    Group service

    Thematic

    Castles and Defense Sites
    UNESCO World Heritage

    Activities

    Specific theme activities
    Junior workshop
    Specialist conferences
    Temporary exhibitions

    Equipment

    Note pads
    Portable screen
    Wall-mounted screen
    Broadband Internet
    DVD player
    Fixed microphone
    Paperboard
    Lectern
    Sound system
    Television
    Videoprojector
    Videoconferencing
    WI-Fi

    Services

    Shop
    Room rental

    Rates

      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 €54 €unlimited free admission for 12 consecutive months: €21 Solo (1 adult), €54 Family (2 adults + up to 6 under-age children), €43 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 ; 12.50 € in mid-season from 01/04 to 30/06 and from 01/09 to 31/10 ; 9.50 in low season from 10/02 to 31/03 and from 01/11 to 31/12.
    Seminars / Room rental360 €2150 €
    Other rate9.5 €-student/apprentice, accompanying a Citadelle season ticket holder, RSA holder, jobseeker
    Child rate5.8 €9.5 €5.80 € 4-7 years, € 9.50 8-17 years
    Special rate38 €-

    Means of payment

    Credit card
    Cheques and postal orders
    Holiday vouchers
    Cash

    Documentation


    See also

    Partner member
    BESANCON -

    Amis des Musées et de la Bibliothèque de Besançon

    BESANCON - from 02/10/2024 to 01/05/2025

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    Journée sportive à pied et à vélo dans le Grand Besançon