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Top Choice Citadel in Besançon

Citadelle de Besançon

Dominating the city from Mt St-Etienne, more than 100 vertical metres above the old town, the 17th-century Citadelle de Besançon – designed by Vauban for Louis XIV – commands sweeping views of the city and the serpe…
Top Choice Chapel in The Jura Mountains

Chapelle de Notre-Dame du Haut

Bringing to mind a ship's sail or a lighthouse summoning the faithful, modernist Chapelle Notre-Dame (1955) roosts hilltop above the small town of Ronchamp, 20km west of Belfort. Visionary architect Le Corbusier was…
Top Choice International in Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura

Les Louvières

The 'wolf's lair' is both elegant and creatively modern, with gorgeous Jura views and delicious, gastronomique cuisine. Chef Philippe Vaufrey is fond of adding Thai spice, ginger and mango to accent local produce li…
Top Choice French in The Jura Mountains

Restaurant Grain de Sel

Hidden in a cellar on Dole historic rue Pasteur, the 'Grain of Salt' feels instantly contemporary with flashes of violet and acid green against its ancient walls. The ever-evolving menus make daring use of seasonal …
Top Choice French in Arbois

La Balance Mets et Vins

Inside a charismatic 18th-century building, La Balance uses local, organic produce to produce signature dishes such as coq au vin with morel mushrooms, and crème brûlée with vin jaune (barrel-matured wine), while th…
Top Choice French in Besançon

Les Tables d'Antan

Thoughtful service adds finesse to Les Tables d'Antan's rustic cuisine, served beneath dangling farm tools and cartwheels. Potato or pasta gratins (creamy bakes) emerge steaming, salads assemble generous quantities …
Top Choice French in Besançon

Le Saint-Pierre

Crisp white tablecloths, exposed stone and subtle lighting create an understated backdrop for Le Saint-Pierre's intense flavours: roast lamb in crushed tomato, sea bass with forest mushrooms, and ornate dessert plat…
Top Choice Music in Belfort

Les Eurockéennes

A huge, three-day open-air alternative rock festival held on the first weekend in July. Its varied, international line-up of electronic, metal, pop, jazz and indie artists, plus camping, will set you back only €122.
Top Choice Monument in Belfort

Lion du Belfort

Belfort's icon is a monumental lion statue that sits astride the citadel, scowling down on the town. Created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, best known for designing the Statue of Liberty, the red sandstone lion – al…
Top Choice Museum in Besançon

Musée du Temps

Literal and figurative interpretations of time are woven together at the Musée du Temps, which places allegorical paintings about the passage of time next to 18th-century wall clocks and early astronomical equipment…