Franche-Comté Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22
  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22
  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22

Franche-Comté Things to Do

  • Gray

    Gray is an interesting town at the Saône river and had been the nothermost stop on our houseboat trip. We found a nice place to moor, and enjoyed walking through the streets with the old houses. The Hôtel de Ville (townhall) with its "decorated" roof was very impressing and of course the church "Notre Dame" is also worth a visit. And if you'd like...

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  • Montfaucon - ruined castle & great...

    Montfaucon is a little town near Besançon with a fort and a ruined mediveal castle. Also there's a nice viewpoint from which you have a wonderful view on the Doubs and Besançon with its citadel. It's great there! The viewpoint is on the top of the hill where Montfaucon is sitting at, next to a transmitting station. There's a map and information on...

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  • Besançon, capital of Franche Comté

    Besançon is the capital of both the Franche Comté and the Doubs department. It's a town with lots of historic buildings, and its interesting to walk through the streets of the centre. The landmark of Besançon is its huge citadel, which sits above the town and is one of the creation of Vauban. The citadel can be visited and houses a zoo, an...

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  • Dole, the former capital of Franche...

    Dole is a lovely town at the Doubs river and the Rhine-Rhône-Canal. It was the capital of Franche Comté until the late 17th century when Louis XIV conquered that region.Dole is the perfect stop for houseboat travellers, there's a port directly below the old town. But of course Dole is also worth a visit for those traveling by car or train!...

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  • Ornans, the "Venice of Franche-Comté"

    Ornans is a lovely town and is called the "Venice of Franche-Comté" because of its nice houses at the Loue river. In the tourist information, you can get a free booklet on the town with city map, information on sights and much more. It's in French, English and German. When you follow the circuit outlined in that booklet you will see most...

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  • Source du Lison

    The Source du Lison at Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne is a great natural site, with a nice waterfall and cave behind, a pool with huge rocks around, and another cave that can be visited by adventurous people! I hadn't expected it to be so interesting there, but in the end we spend 2 hours there. All sights are well signposted and there are also several...

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  • Les Cascades du Hérisson

    The "Cascades du Hérisson" are seven waterfalls of the Hérisson river, the hightest of them being 65 m high. It took us about 2,5 hours to see all waterfalls and it was gorgeous! It's not circuit, but that makes it possible to see all the waterfalls twice. :-) The path is well signposted and at several waterfalls you found signs with information on...

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  • Gorges de la Langouette

    The Langouette gorge can easily be visited as you don't have to walk much. Directly from the bridge on the car park you can view down the 47 m deep small gorge with its rapid river. At the parking you'll find a map with a 1-hour-hiking-tour which also goes up to the village, but we just walk part of it along the gorge to see the waterfalls and more...

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  • Cascades de la Billaude

    We only discovered the Cascades de la Billaude by chance, as the N4 was blocked and we therefore had to drive a detour. There's a car park and on the other side of the street a hut where ice cream and crèpes is sold.There are two possibilities to watch the waterfall - from above or below. To see it from above there's a viewpoint (belvédère) which...

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  • Champagnole

    Champagnole was a nice stop on our way to the Cascades du Hérisson. There's a very long main street with lots of shops and restaurants, and with lots of traffic. Just a few steps away in a deep valley is the Ain river, with a nice path along it. It was really weird - you just had been in the busy street and suddenly you were in the nature with the...

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  • Reculée des Planches - viewpoints

    The so-called "Reculée" of Les Planches is a valley that ends abrupt with some rock formations. With 245 m these clifss are the highest in the Jura department.There are several viewpoints, the most popular one probable is the "Cirque du Fer au Cheval" (horseshoe cirque) as it's directly at the street D469 from Arbois in direction Champagnole. It's...

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  • Cascades des Turfs

    The Cascades des Turfs is a lovely waterfall near Arbois and the Grotte des Planches.To go there, follow signs to the Grotte des Planches, but in Les Planches at the crossing where you need to turn left to the grotto go straight ahead (i.e. follow the sign to Moulin de la Mère Michelle) and stop at the nice little car-park with picnic benches. You...

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  • Grotte des Planches

    The Grotte des Planches is found around 3 km from Arbois. It's no dripstone cave, and except one you won't find any dripstones there. Instead it's a younger cave formed by water. It's an "active" cave, where still water is flowing through, forming the rock.You only can visit the cave with a guided tour that will take about 1 hour. The tour is in...

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  • Arbois - the wine capital of Jura

    Arbois is one of the main wine-growing districts in the Jura department. Here, the unique Vin Jaune, the yellow wine, is produced. Along the main street, you'll see lots of wine shops, and several of them also offer wine tasting. Of course there's also a wine museum, located in the castle Pécault. Except for the traffic, it's nice walking around,...

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  • Quingey - birthplace of pope Callixtus...

    Quingey (pronounced something like "can - g") is a small town at the Loue river and the birthplace of Pope Callixtus II. There's not so much to see in Quingey, except the so-called "Tour Calixte II" where Callixtus II was born in 1050, the church which its typical colourful belltower roof, and the nice central place.Quingey has a camping site,...

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  • Grotte d'Osselle

    The Grotte d'Osselle is a nice cave with lots of dripstones. It already was discovered in the 13th century and is one of the oldest showcaves. You'll have to go up some stairs to the ticket desk & cave entrance, but inside the cave it's mostly flat with only a few steps. There's a concrete walkway so it was easy to walk through the cave, you only...

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  • Salins-les-Bains - city of "white gold"...

    Salins-les-Bains is a nice town in a small valley of the Furieuse river, with two forts looking down on the town. The forts are private and only Fort St André is sometimes open to visit, but near both forts there are viewpoints from which you have a great view on the town.Salins-les-Bains is mostly known for the "Ancien Salines" (ancient...

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  • Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

    The Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) of Arc-et-Senans are very interesting. You don't see much of its past as saltworks, but the layout of the building is really nice and there's a fascinating museum about Ledoux, the architect of the Saline Royale. Also the gardens are just fantastic - it's not just one garden but many gardens, each designed...

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  • Claivaux lake

    this place is really peaceful, this is probably because the town of Claivaux only has 1500 inhabitants and reaches only 5000 people in the summer time.On the lake you can canoe, windsurf, and rent a pedalo. the area is great if you like to mountain bike or walk or horse-ride.The "camping du lac" is on the banks of the lake.

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  • the Vouglans dam

    It was built on the Ain river in 1968 and is the third biggest dam in france (water capacity). It was built for economy reason(electricity). 150 persons had to move houses and lots of people in the region were against building it.It has created an artificial lake(vouglans lake)with beaches. lots of nautical sports are practiced on this lake.the...

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  • the "chalain's lake

    Clear water lake surrended by steep forest hills. All sorts of watersports are available. you can canoe, windsurf, sail, rent a pedalo or just swim and rest on the beach. It s a great place if you like to walk or mountain bike. Dont miss the "Cascade du Herisson" (waterfalls) only a few km away.there are 2 camping right by the lake: "la Pergola"...

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