Citadelle de Besançon
Castles and Defense Sites

Citadelle de Besançon

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Vauban's masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Besançon Citadel is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. It towers more than 100 metres above the old town of the Comtois capital, set in a meander of the river, and offers spectacular panoramic views from its ramparts. A major cultural and tourist attraction, the Citadelle delivers on its promise of a living heritage that is full of emotion.
In addition to the admirably restored 12-hectare architectural complex, the Citadelle is home to three Museums of France behind its ramparts, offering a fascinating range of attractions:
- the Musée Comtois, an exhibition of the traditions of Franche-Comté and a place to reflect on our times
- the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Museum of the Resistance and Deportation), which reopened on 8 September 2023 after being closed for more than three years, including 16 months of renovation work.
- the Museum, which illustrates biodiversity and helps to preserve endangered species in its various areas (Zoological Garden, Aquarium, Insectarium, Noctarium and small farm). Nowhere else in France is it possible to see such a diversity of animals in one place.

Citadelle de Besançon
99 Rue des Fusillés de la Résistance
25000 BESANCON
  • French, English
  • Credit card, Cheques and postal orders, Holiday vouchers, Cash
  • Pets not allowed
Amenities
  • Picnic area
  • Parking
  • Petite restauration
  • Restaurant
  • Fully equipped meeting room
  • Toilettes
Services
  • Shop
  • Room rental
Activity
  • Specific theme activities
  • Junior workshop
  • Specialist conferences
  • Temporary exhibitions
Chains and Labels
Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO
Prices & Schedules Opening :

From 10/02/24 to 17/03/24 of 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed on : Monday

From 23/03/24 to 31/03/24 of 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed on : Monday

From 01/04/24 to 30/06/24 of 09:00 to 18:00

From 01/07/24 to 31/08/24 of 09:00 to 19:00

From 01/09/24 to 31/10/24 of 09:00 to 18:00

From 01/11/24 to 24/12/24 of 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed on : Monday

From 26/12/24 to 31/12/24 of 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed on : Monday

Annual closure, from 8 January 2024 to 9 February 2024 inclusive
Closed on 1 January 2024, 18 March 2024, 19 March 2024, 20 March 2024, 21 March 2024 and 22 March 2024 (Closed for works).
Mondays in low season: Citadelle closed (EXCEPT FOR GROUPS AND BY RESERVATION)

Low season
From 10 February 2024 to 31 March 2024 inclusive and from 1 November 2024 to 31 December 2024 inclusive: 10am - 5pm
Intermediate season
From 1 April 2024 to 30 June 2024 inclusive and from 1 September 2024 to 31 October 2024 inclusive: 9am-6pm
High season
From 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024 inclusive: 9am 7pm

Prices :
  • Base rate - full rate adult (12.50 € in high season from 01/07 to 31/08 ; 12.50 € in mid-season from 01/04 to 30/06 and from 01/09 to 31/10 ; 9.50 in low season from 10/02 to 31/03 and from 01/11 to 31/12.) : 9.5€ - 12.5€
  • Child rate (5.80 € 4-7 years, € 9.50 8-17 years) : 5.8€ - 9.5€
  • Other rate (student/apprentice, accompanying a Citadelle season ticket holder, RSA holder, jobseeker) : 9.5€
  • Gratuities (children under 4, disabled adults/children + 1 accompanying adult, veterans (on presentation of card), tourism business cards (please enquire before your visit))
  • Special rate : 38€
  • Subscriber's rate (unlimited free admission for 12 consecutive months: €21 Solo (1 adult), €54 Family (2 adults + up to 6 under-age children), €43 Family solo (1 adult + up to 6 under-age children)) : 21€ - 54€

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