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How to Reach

The best way to come to Besancon is by train (3 hours from Paris). Good connections from Lyon or Strasbourg.

By plane

Paris is served by three international airports

Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy)
Orly International Airport
Paris Beauvais Airport

By train

Paris is well connected to the rest of Europe by train. There is no central station serving Paris, the six different stations are not connected to each other. You will probably want to know in advance at which station your train is arriving, so as to better choose a hotel and plan for transport within the city.

Gare du Nord,Gare d'Austerlitz,Gare de l'Est,Gare de Lyon,Gare St Lazare,Gare Montparnasse

Key places to visit
Church of the Madeleine, Besancon Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology, Botanical Garden Besancon, Fortifications of Vauban, Astronomical clock


Places to Visit

Church of the Madeleine

Church of the Madeleine is a neoclassical 18th century hall church in the Battant district of Besancon, France, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Antoine-Pierre II de Grammont, the archbishop of Besancon, had it built from 1746 to 1766 to plans by the architect Nicolas Nicole.

Besancon Cathedral

Besancon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the town of Besancon, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Besancon.The cathedral is sited near the base of Mont Saint-etienne, below the citadel. To the east of the cathedral is the 16th century Porte Rivotte, with two round towers, and pedestrian walkways dating to the 19th century. To the west is the Porte Noire, a Roman triumphal arch of the 2nd century with extensive sculptural decoration.

Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology

The Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology in the French city of Besancon is the oldest public museum in France. It was set up in 1694, nearly a century before the Louvre became a public museum.
Since 1843, the museum is located in a former grain hall, in the center of the town. The building became too smal following Besson's donation, it was rebuilt from 1967 to 1970 by Louis Miquel, a student of Le Corbusier. The interior courtyard was covered with a concrete structure.

Botanical Garden Besancon

The Botanical Garden of Besancon more formally the Jardin botanique de l'Universite de Franche-Comte et de la Ville de Besancon, is a botanical garden located on the Place du Marechal Leclerc, Besancon, Doubs, Franche-Comte, France. It is operated by the University of Franche-Comte and open daily; admission is free.

Fortifications of Vauban

Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They were designed by Vauban (1633–1707), and were added in 2008 to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Astronomical clock

The astronomical clock of Besancon is housed in Besancon Cathedral. Besancon's present astronomical clock, made in 1860 by Auguste-Lucien Vérité of Beauvais to replace an earlier and unsatisfactory one made by Bernardin in the 1850s, differs from those in Strasbourg, Lyon and Beauvais. The clock is meant to express the theological concept that each second of the day the Resurrection of Christ transforms the existence of man and of the world.

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