Citadelle de Besançon

Set high up on its anticline, Besançon Citadel occupies a total of 11 hectares. It could easily have contained a town of 10,000 inhabitants.

The fortress is one of Vauban’s masterpieces, and it is said that its construction was so costly that Louis XIV enquired as to whether the walls had been made out of gold. The Citadel has a dual heritage. The first is that of its initial vocation as a defensive fortress, brilliantly designed and built, which had very few opportunities to show its steel in military situations.

The Citadel then turned to displaying the heritage and history that had been bequeathed to it, and which it is now so proud to present to visitors. The Citadel, which is the leading tourist attraction in Franche-Comté in terms of visitor numbers, and was voted “Tourist Site of the Year” by the Ministry of Tourism in 2003, has become the pride and joy of the people of Besançon.

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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

  • From 22th February to 29th March 2020 daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
    From 30th March to 3rd July 2020 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
    From 4th July to 30th August 2020 daily from 09:00 to 19:00.
    From 4th to 25th August 2020, Tuesday from 09:00 to 21:00.
    From 31th August to 24th October 2020 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
    From 25th October to 31th December 2020 daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
from 08/30/2021 to 12/31/2021 de 10h00 à 17h00


  • In the town centre

Accessibility for people with reduced mobility

  • Avec aide
  • Partiel
  • Yes



  • Parcours adapté aux enfants
  • Visite libre

Groups tours

  • Visite guidée en permanence
  • Visite guidée sur rendez-vous
  • Visite libre en permanence


  Mini Tuesday Additional information
Base rate - full rate adult 10.9 € -
Rate for unemployed persons 8.8 € -
Student's rate 8.8 € -
Other rate 5.1 € -
child's price 8.8 € -

Means of payment

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash