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The city of Besançon is the capital of France’s Franche-Comte region. The city is famous for its rich cultural history and has lots of attractions.
Start your day in Besançon with a visit to the citadel. The city was built by the famous architect Vauban and the city’s magnificent citadel from the 17th century is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of France. The citadel has a great view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Children are also catered for with a zoo on site. There are also several museums in and around the citadel. The citadel itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well preserved.
See also the historic part of Besançon which is full of magnificent ruins dating back to Roman times. This part of the city is breathtaking with ruins and buildings of historical significance. Keep an eye out for the Roman columns, which are one of the city’s most famous attractions.
It takes more than a day to see all of Besançon’s amazing museums. The Museum of Time, the Museum of Franche-Come and the Museum of Natural History are three of the most popular museums, with the latter located in the citadel.
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