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

  • - Low season 2022: from Saturday 5 February to Saturday 26 March and from Sunday 30 October to Saturday 31 December, 10H to 17H (NB: closed on December 25th and January 1st). - High season: Saturday 2 July to Sunday 28 August inclusive, 9am to 7pm - Intermediate season: Sunday 27 March to Sunday to Friday 1 July inclusive and Monday 29 August to Saturday 29 October, 9am - 6pm
  • Annual closure in January


  • 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 MAXI Information(s) complementaire(s)
Base rate - full rate adult 9 € 12 €
Rate for unemployed persons 9 € -
Student's rate 9 € -
Seminars / prices for a day 71 € - On the basis of 14 people
Half day package 50 € - on the basis of 14 people
room rental 420 € 2400 €
Other rate 5.5 € -
Other rate 35 € -
child's price 9 € -

Means of payment

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