Discover Besançon, the Time capital

Besançon owes its reputation as the capital of time to its art of watch and clock making. Although very present in the city, it is not the only marker of time, as its well-preserved heritage has a number of surprises in store for visitors. On foot, by bike or boat, everyone can enjoy exploring the green, undulating scenery surrounding the city. Combining exploration with relaxation, take the time to appreciate Besançon !



Besançon is home to fabulous monuments and museums. The UNESCO World Heritage Citadelle protects the city and has established its reputation. This Vauban masterpiece attracts many visitors each year. As well as being an example of remarkable architecture, it also houses the Museum (zoo, insectarium, aquarium, noctarium and climatorium), the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation and the Musée Comtois. There's something to appeal to young and old alike! But the discovery doesn't stop there, as history lovers will delight in the antique remains (such as the Black Door and Gallo-Roman mosaic), the rich religious heritage (churches, the cathedral, synagogue and basilica), the half-timbered houses, fountains, mansions and other monuments. On street corners, in the meanders of the lanes in the old town and along the fortifications, many treasures await your visit! If you prefer the hushed atmosphere of museums, don't miss either the Musée du Temps that traces the watch and clock making tradition of Besançon or the Maison Victor Hugo.




Appreciating Besançon also involves enjoying its magical setting, among forests, gardens, parks and hills. Whether you choose to relax, admire, walk or run, you will delight in this environment. If you enjoy sport, there's nothing quite like following the waymarked hikes and mountain bike trails through the hills. For a well-deserved rest, enjoy a meal or coffee on the shaded riverbanks. For a less demanding trip, why not go on a cruise down the River Doubs? If you prefer a more bustling atmosphere, the city centre shopping streets will appeal, as will the cafés and restaurants for the pleasure of tasting regional specialities. Besançon, the Franche-Comté capital of culture, also swings year round thanks to its numerous festivities, including classical music, theatre, dance, street entertainment, jazz and world music... a varied and eclectic programme !

This multi-faceted city will delight all travellers, adventurers and those who are simply curious, who take the time to discover Besançon !


Not to be missed

The Vauban Citadelle
Local hiking
Pedestrial downtown
Town Hall
The astronomical clock

In the region

Discover an architectoral heritage
Cruises on the Doubs river
A charming architecture
Bucolic landscape