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 (reinforced measures), 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 3 January 2022 to 4 February 2022

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 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
from 07/02/2022 to 12/31/2022


  • 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