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Citadelle de Besançon

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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.


    Opening periods

    Annual closure, from 8 January 2024 to 9 February 2024 inclusive Mondays in low season: Citadelle closed (EXCEPT FOR GROUPS AND BY RESERVATION)
    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


    Castles and Defense Sites
    UNESCO World Heritage


    Specific theme activities
    Junior workshop
    Specialist conferences
    Temporary exhibitions


    Note pads
    Portable screen
    Wall-mounted screen
    Broadband Internet
    DVD player
    Fixed microphone
    Sound system


    Room rental


      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.
    room rental360 €2150 €
    Other rate9.5 €-student/apprentice, accompanying a Citadelle season ticket holder, RSA holder, jobseeker
    child's price5.8 €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


    See also

    Partner member

    Amis des Musées et de la Bibliothèque de Besançon

    BESANCON - from 04/02/2024 to 01/05/2025

    Horloge Astronomique


    Journée sportive à pied et à vélo dans le Grand Besançon