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  • 1 Place du Tilleul Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Tilleul F - 01800 Pérouges

    Place de la Halle is one of France's most characteristic squares. Its name comes from the covered market that stood in the centre of the village until 1839. The houses lining the square relate the history of the village. The hostelry (Ostellerie) has..

  • 2 Grand Colombier Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D120 F - 01350 Culoz

    Two summits make up the Grand Colombier. To the North, one of the summits has a cross whilst the Southern summit has a triangulation point. From the top of these two settings, hikers may admire the magnificent panorama over the Jura, the Rhone Valley..

  • 3 Mont Colomby de Gex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 01170 Mijoux

    Mont Colomby de Gex is one of the highest peaks (1 689m) of the Jura range, overlooking the Swiss plain below. It commands a stunning view of the Alps, similar to the one from Mont-Rond.

  • 4 Hôtel-Dieu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de l'Hôtel-Dieu F - 21203 Beaune

    The beautiful architecture, elegant decoration - ironwork, gabled windows and weather vane - its famous varnished tiles and old well are more suited to a Gothic palace than a hospice. In the Grand'salle or «poor room» stands a 15th C statue of the Ch..

  • 5 Fontenay Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 21500 Montbard

    A fine example of an autarkic Cistercian monastery, the well-restored abbey in its green isolated valley was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugene III in the presence of St Bernard, founder of the Order. The land, called Fontanetum, as it "floats o..

  • 6 Saut du Doubs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 25130 Villers-le-Lac

    From the raised platform of the Lac de Chaillexon, the River Doubs tumbles to its natural level in a magnificent cascade. There is a boat service from Villers-le-Lac to the waterfall, which follows the river's meanders and passes through gorges. On a..

  • 7 Baume Cirque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D70E1 F - 39210 Baume-les-Messieurs

    Leave your car near the chalet of the Baume caves. To contemplate the high rocky cliffs which form this cirque will fill you with an overwhelming sensation.

  • 8 Belvedere of the Baume Rocks Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D471 F - 39210 Baume-les-Messieurs

    The cliffs of Baume, also known as the Crançot Belvedere, constitutes a magnificent viewpoint over the valley. The Crançot Ladders, which is nothing more than a staircase which replaced several 17C ladders, provide access to the bottom of the pass an..

  • 9 Cascades du Hérisson Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    The source of the Hérisson is at an altitude of 805m, and the river tumbles down the slopes in spectacular waterfalls. It rapidly reaches the Doucier plateau, dropping 280m in 3km. In the gorges, it forms numerous waterfalls, such as the famous Casca..

  • 10 Cascade de l'Éventail Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39130 Menétrux-en-Joux

    A path (leaving from Doucier, further west) leads to the foot of the Cascade de l'Eventail, from where there is the best view. The water tumbles from a height of 65m in leaps and bounds, forming a monumental pyramid of foaming water. The path then le..

  • 11 Crêt de Chalam Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39370 La Pesse

    This is the highest peak (1 545m) in this range that dominates the Valserine valley to the west. It is a little arduous to get here, but the panoramic views are spectacularly beautiful and take in the length of the Valserine valley. To the east, the ..

  • 12 Basilica St Magdalen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la Basilique F - 89450 Vézelay

    This admirable church is set on a hill at the top of the village of Vézelay. The present basilica, one of the most beautiful in France, is partly Romanesque and has a vast, luminous nave with splendid statues. It was built in homage to St Magdalen wh..

  • 13 Mont St-Romain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Nouville

    Having reached the summit of Mont St-Romain, all you have to do is climb the steps of the tower standing next to the restaurant. From the top, where there is a viewing table, you will discover a magnificent panorama. To the East lies the plain of the..

  • 14 Faucille Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N5 F - 01410 Mijoux

    Located at 1 320 m above sea level, the Faucille pass constitutes one of the main passages of the Jura mountain range. It connects on one side, the Rhone Depression and Lake Leman and on the West, the Valserine. Along the road which leads to the pass..

  • 15 Brou Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    63 bd de Brou F - 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse

    The church was finished in 1532 in a late Gothic style that is generally exuberant. In the elegant nave, the stone rood screen is decorated with foliage and Cordeliers. The tombs of Marguerite de Bourbon, Philibert le Beau and Marguerite d'Autriche, ..

  • 16 Fenestrez Observatory Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D120 F - 01350 Culoz

    Following the example of Grand Colombier, the Fenestrez Observatory offers beautiful panoramas from 900 m high. Those visitors who venture out to this spot may admire the Lakes of Bourget and Annecy and slightly further away, the Alps.

  • 17 Treasure of Vix Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rue du Bourg F - 21400 Châtillon-sur-Seine

    This archaeological treasure, the pride of the Musée du Châtillonis, includes items found in the grave of a Gaulish princess dating from the first Iron Age (c 6C BC) at the foot of Mount Lassois. Near the remains of a young woman who died at around 3..

  • 18 Museum of Fine Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palais des Ducs et des Etats de bourgogne F - 21000 Dijon

    The collections and the palace itself (a museum since 1799) necessitate a visit. Among treasures from the Middle Ages to today are the Master of Flémalle's The Nativity, fine tombs of Philippe the Bold and John the Fearless, and two great altarpieces..

  • 19 Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Libération F - 21000 Dijon

    The place de la Libération, in front of the palace, is the former royal square designed by Mansart in the 17C. The remains of Charles the Bold's Ducal Palace have been integrated into a group of classical style buildings. The palace is now the Town H..

  • 20 Beaune Mountain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D970 F - 21200 Beaune

    From the orientation map near to the monument to the dead, wide view of the town with its brown tiled roofs, the vineyard and the Mâconnais mountains to the south.

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