Franche-Comté is one of the 26 regions of France and, as many others, includes numerous attractions that you will enjoy visiting if you ever think about passing by the area. If you want to make sure you get the best out of your trip to Franche-Comté, make sure you read the following pieces of information carefully and use them wisely during your stay.
The city of Besançon is undoubtedly one of the most important attractions of the area and is located on the European axis called “Rhine-Rhône”, the format created between the North and Mediterranean Sea. More specifically, the city is situated at the junction between the Jura mountain region of mountain and plains region of Franche-Comté.
The city is located in the northeastern department of Doubs, at a distance of 100 km of Dijon Bourgogne region, of Lausanne in Switzerland and Alsace Belfort at the gates.
The city of Besançon is part of a special natural area. This is because the Besançon Doubs river is surrounded by a length of about half a mile in diameter, creating a near-perfect shape loop, enclosed by the “mountain” of St. Etienne, high in the Jura region. The first thing you will notice after you enter Besançon is most definitely the imposing citadel, a fort that was built by the famous architect Vauban. The city is surrounded by seven hills (something that has inspired famous writers that used to compare it with the ancient city of Rome) and seven divisions (each hill containing a fortress).
With this settlement, the city has been the ideal place for urban, economic and commercial development for a very long time (with a direct exit to the river, forests and people dealing largely with agriculture and livestock), while being a strategic military point (city defense).
Besançon, with its 400 hectares of parks, gardens and green spaces, as well as over 2,000 hectares of forests and seven hills, is considered the first “green” city in France. It is a city that has always been the leader in environmental quality. Further efforts were made by installing a network of 100% organic transportation (buses fueled with natural gas), which you will surely enjoy using for travelling between the different parts of the city.
All in all, this region has much to offer and you should explore it as much as possible. You will never be disappointed!