As the masterpiece of Vauban and a listed World Heritage Site, Besançon Citadel is considered to be one of the most beautiful citadels in France. It towers over 100 metres above the old town of Comté’s capital, nestling in a meander of the Doubs, and offers visitors spectacular views from its ramparts. Its astonishingly varied and thrilling historical and living heritage make it an exciting place to visit.
Uniquely and quite unexpected in this incomparable site, The Citadel is also home to three national museums:
Nowhere else in France can you see so many varieties of animals on a single site.
At the Zoological Garden: big cats, primates, herbivores and birds, mostly endangered species.
At the Aquarium: European freshwater fish and crayfish.
At the Insectarium: exotic amphibians, insects and arthropods living side by side:stick insect, beetles, ants, spiders, scorpions, frogs…
At the Noctarium: the secret life of small nocturnal mammals: voles, dormice, garden dormice, field mice, hamsters…
Created in 1971, the Resistance and Deportation Museum is a poignant reminder of a dark period of History, supported by a wide range of original photographs, texts, documents and objects.
The Comtois Folklore Museum that brings together hundreds of objects that tell the story of the traditions and know-how present in the rural areas of Franche-Comté and the urban areas of Besançon.
All year round, the Citadel offers a range of cultural events, with a variety of contributions by guest artists, scientists and historians. Lots of night-time shows.
Self-guided tour including discovering the site, museums and all the animal areas.
With an actor combining artistic talent and historic relevance.
With a guide or mediator : heritage and history tour of the site lasting 30 min to 1 h, Museum of the Resistance and Deportation 1 h, or Muséum 1 h.
In French, English or German* (* except for Museum).
With an interactive, multilingual audio guide : heritage and history tour of the site including the wall-walk or Museum of the Resistance and Deportation.
In French, English or German.
With a discovery booklet for children aged 7 to 12. Choice of two themes: history and architecture around the site, or biodiversity and preservation of endangered animal species.
Citadel of Besançon : you’ll be amazed by all there is to see…
Tourist information about the Citadel – World Heritage
99, rue des Fusillés
25042 Besançon Cedex 3
Téléphone : 0033 (0)3 81 87 83 33
Télécopie : 0033 (0)3 81 87 83 34