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Besançon

Capped with a citadel and folded into a bend in the Doubs River, Besançon is a pleasant surprise. Unshowy and laid-back, the capital of the Doubs département nonetheless offers a broad spectrum of culture: 18th-century town houses, many now housing hotels and restaurants; active contemporary arts and local music scenes; and monuments to homegrown luminaries like Victor Hugo.

In Gallo-Roman times, Besançon (then Vesontio) was an important stop on the trade routes linking Italy, the Alps and the Rhine, and some striking remains of this period survive.

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Besançon.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Besançon.