Besancon and the Citadel

Anticline with its impressive, miles of walls, his half-bastions, its pincers, its booths, its curtains, towers or half-moon ... . architecture of the Citadel and its natural and landscape make it one of the masterpieces of Vauban.

The work of fortification of this military genius has shaped the current landscape Besançon. The citadel is one of the elements of the defense system perfectly coherent it Besançon designed to protect and assert the king's power over the city and the province.

The fortress covers eleven acres overlooking of more than one hundred meters the old town. Now restored, the place of culture and tourism, it invites the visitor to encounter the story of men and different forms of life on earth.
World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2008 under the fortifications of Vauban, the fortress, remarkably restored, is a tourist and cultural, unique, offering a dozen different areas of interest: museum Resistance and Deportation Museum Comtois, Espace Vauban referring to the military genius of the architect, Aquarium, Insectarium, noctarium, zoo ...

The zoo, obligatory and most visited site in Franche Comté not only to provide cash for the simple pleasure.The preservation of endangered species is also included in the mission of this rather colorful: macaques from Japan, Siberian tigers, birds and mammals of all kinds and of all birds, gibbons, marmosets .... Here are a blessed refuge. The Aquarium, Insectarium, and noctarium complete presentation of the activity of the Natural History Museum. The Citadel is also a place of remembrance. Comtois Museum preserves collections of regional ethnography among the richest in France. The Museum of the Resistance and Deportation reminds us that the site is also included in the tragic history of the 20th century. In addition to rooms with a didactic war, defeat, the Vichy regime, Resistance, deportation, release ... must visit these places, remembering that here men gave their lives for freedom.

It is located in the northwestern part of the Doubs department, in the Doubs valley . It is distant about 90 km from Dijon in Bourgogne, from Lausanne, Switzerland and from Belfort near Alsace and Germany. Its distance from the national capital, Paris, is 327 km.