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The fortifications of Vauban are an integral part of the town, enjoy them at your leisure! There are different ways to visit the site:

  • "follow in Vauban’s footsteps" along 4 different marked routes (map available free of charge from the Tourist Office);
  • follow the town heritage signs;
  • or on a GPS tour.

The Chamars bastioned tower is open in July and August.
Fort Griffon is open all year round.
The Citadel, a highly interesting natural and historic site, is open all year, admission fee. Here you will find the Vauban area, the Comtois museum, the Resistance and Deportation museum , Natural History museum and wall walk.

To help you find out more about this interesting heritage, the Tourist Office and citadel offer a whole host of guided visits.

New since 2009 : the Visi’Pass, explore Besançon at your leisure: The price includes entrance to the citadel, entrance to both of the town museums, and many other special offers.

How to get here

  • Car: A 36
  • Train: Paris – Besançon
  • Nearest airports : Lyon and Mulhouse
title touristic contact

Besançon Tourist and Congress Office
Tel. +33 (0)3 81 80 92 55

Citadel of Besançon
Tel. +33 (0)3 81 87 83 33