Weekend Getaway in Besançon

Day 1:

Arrive in Besançon and check into your hotel in the city center, ideally near the historic center or the Quartier Battant. These areas offer a central location and easy access to the main attractions.
Start your day by visiting the Citadelle de Besançon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the fortress and enjoy panoramic views of the city from its ramparts.

Explore the charming streets of the historic center of Besançon. Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Jean, admire the beautiful architecture, and discover the local shops and cafes.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the local restaurants, savoring regional specialties such as saucisse de Morteau (smoked sausage) or Comté cheese.

Take a walk along the banks of the Doubs River, enjoying the peaceful ambiance and the views of the city.
Dine at a restaurant in the Quartier Battant, known for its lively atmosphere and diverse culinary options.

Day 2:

Take a day trip to the nearby town of Ornans, located about 30 minutes away by car. Visit the Musée Gustave Courbet, dedicated to the famous French painter. Explore the museum and learn about Courbet’s life and works.
Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the picturesque landscapes of Ornans, taking in the natural beauty.

Return to Besançon and visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, housed in a beautiful mansion. Admire its collection of art, including paintings, sculptures, and archaeological artifacts.
Explore the Parc Micaud, a lovely park offering green spaces, walking paths, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Dine at a restaurant in the historic center, enjoying the charming ambiance and the flavors of French cuisine.
Take a leisurely walk through the illuminated streets of Besançon, enjoying the ambiance and the city’s architectural beauty.

Day 3:

Visit the Musée du Temps, housed in the Palais Granvelle. Discover the history of timekeeping and explore the museum’s exhibits showcasing time-related artifacts.
Take a scenic drive to the nearby town of Arc-et-Senans, where you can visit the Royal Saltworks, a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux.

Return to Besançon and visit the Muséum de Besançon, dedicated to natural history. Explore its diverse collection of specimens and learn about the region’s flora and fauna.
Explore the local markets, such as the Marché des Beaux-Arts, and browse through the stalls filled with fresh produce, local products, and crafts.

Depart from Besançon, taking with you fond memories of your weekend getaway in this historic city.

Remember to check the opening hours and availability of attractions in advance, as well as any travel restrictions or guidelines that may be in place during your visit. Enjoy your trip to Besançon!