Discover Benelux | France | Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
and surrounded by a meander of the River Doubs, it offers beautiful views. Various guided tours are available throughout the year, and there are three very different museums to be discovered too. There is the deeply poignant Museum of Resistance and Deportation, which was founded in 1971 and provides an in-depth, emotional exploration of such a dark period in history. There is also the Musée Comtois, which tells the story of the people and landscapes that shaped Franche-Comté over the centuries. Meanwhile, all the family will love Besançon Natural History Museum with its Zoo (Jardin zoologique), Farm (P’tite ferme), Insectarium, Aquarium, Noctarium and Evolution Trail (Parcours de l’évolution).
the lives of Franche-Comté’s inhabitants during the 17th to 19th century. Think beautiful nature, animals roaming freely and charmingly authentic farmhouses.
Bibracte: an archeologist’s paradise Archaeology fans rejoice! The fortified Gaulish town of Bibracte lay abandoned for two millennia, yet is currently being brought back to life. Bibracte was founded on the summit of Mont Beuvray by the Aedui tribe in the late second century BC
and was occupied for a century. It is one of the best-preserved towns of its kind and boasts ramparts and districts spanning 200 hectares. Those eager to know more should definitely join one of the guided tours of the archeological sites, as well as paying a visit to the permanent exhibition complete with finds from excavations at Bibracte, various models, audiovisual displays and reconstructions. What better way to learn about how everyday life was for the Gauls?
Contemporary art aficionados will not want to miss Franche-Comté Frac in Besançon, whose collection includes everything from painting and photography to sculpture, installation art, graphic art, textile art and audiovisual pieces. As well as its impressive line-up of exhibitions from leading international artists at the Besançon gallery, Frac has its own ‘Satellite’, a mobile exhibition space which takes art from the Frac collection to various territories across the region. Meanwhile, 15 kilometres from Besançon you will find the must-visit Musée des Maisons Comtoises. Step back in time at this magnificent open-air museum which extends over a magnificent 15-hectare site at Nancray and gives visitors an insight into FRAC. Photo: BFC Tourisme
Bibracte. Photo: Antoine Maillier
Citadelle de Vauban de Besanáon. Photo: David Lefranc, BFC Tourisme
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