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  • 1 Source de la Loue Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D376 F - 25520 Ouhans

    The Source de la Loue is one of the Jura's most beautiful natural sites. It is spectacular to see water spring from a vast grotto located at the foot of a 100 m-high cliff. Various experiments have shown that river Doubs water comes into contact with..

  • 2 The Peugeot Adventure Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Carrefour de l'Europe F - 25600 Sochaux

    A fun visit which, from the Double Phaëton 81B of 1906 to the latest prototypes, by way of coffee mills and bicycles, takes you on a drive through the more than centuries-old history of the Peugeot company, which can trace its beginnings to the steel..

  • 3 The Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    99 Rue des Fusillés-de-la-Résistance F - 25000 Besançon

    During the Romain period, this included a Pagan temple, which was followed by a church. After the French conquest of 1674, Vauban added the fortress which stands 118 metres above the Doubs and which, after several changes of of hand (barracks, State ..

  • 4 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 25000 Besançon

    Begin your walk at the Pont Battant and admire the lovely façades of the 17C houses on the banks of the Doubs. Savour the market atmosphere on Place de la Révolution and then continue on down Grande-Rue, the main street of the town since Roman times...

  • 5 Dôle old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Nationale-Charles-de-Gaulle F - 39100 Dole

    With its narrow, winding streets, old houses from the 15 to the 18C, huddling tightly together, doorways with coats of arms, little round, square or hexagonal towers, arcaded interior courtyards, flights of steps, wells, niches and wrought iron banis..

  • 6 Forêt de la Joux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 39300 Champagnole

    This conifer forest is the largest of its kind in France, covering an area of 2 652ha. It is separated from the Forêt de la Fresse by the Angillon river to the south, and adjoins the Forêt de Levier to the north. Although mainly planted with conifers..

  • 7 Cathédrale St-Cyr-et-Ste-Julitte Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Cloître-St-Cyr F - 58000 Nevers

    Scattered with buttresses, pillars, flying buttresses and pinnacles, the building has some lovely portals and a 52-metre-high square tower. Inside, there is a wide nave and a 16C clock. The 12C fresco is on the Romanesque apse with a caul-de four vau..

  • 8 Notre-Dame Priory Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 58400 La Charité-sur-Loire

    Notre-Dame Church is one of the most important Romanesque edifices in Burgundy. Known as "Cluny's eldest daughter", it is noteworthy for its dimensions (122m long, 37m wide and 27m high), its five naves and its capacity of 5 000 people. Fro..

  • 9 Notre-Dame-du-Haut Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    13 r. de la Chapelle F - 70250 Ronchamp

    Rebuilt for the third time in 1955, this concrete chapel owes its pure, simple lines to Le Corbusier. The architect broke with his usual inflexible designs to create a more sculptural feel. Inside, one is immediately struck by the ethereal quality of..

  • 10 St.Lazare Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue Notre-Dame F - 71400 Autun

    It would have taken a long time to achieve the extensive detail of the tympanum of the central portal, which is the major work of the Cathedral, sculpted between 1130 and 1135 by Gislebertus. The theme is of the Last Judgement depicted around a centr..

  • 11 Nicéphore-Niepce Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    28 quai des Messageries F - 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône

    Located in the former Royal Messengers' lodgings, this museum has a fine collection of photographs and related items, including some of the earliest cameras belonging to Nicéphore Niepce and his associate Daguerre, some of the first colour photograph..

  • 12 Cluny Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du 11-Août-1944 F - 71250 Cluny

    Primarily built between 1088 and 1130, the church of St Peter and St Paul was sacked during the Revolution, demolished and sold off stone by stone. What had been the largest church in Christendom is now but a few meagre fragments. What remains, notab..

  • 13 Rock of Solutré Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D54 F - 71960 Solutré-Pouilly

    A veritable symbol of the southern Mâcon region, on the fringes of the Beaujolais region and in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards, the Rock of Solutré overlooks the entire Bresse region, from Bourg to Mâcon. The walk to the top is easy and th..

  • 14 Abbaye de Tournus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 71700 Tournus

    Initially devoted to St Valerian, a Christian from Asia Minor who travelled to Tournus to convert the people in the 2C, the abbey changed patron saint in the early 9C, following the arrival of monks from Noirmoutier fleeing Norsemen. They brought wit..

  • 15 Monks' Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 71960 Berzé-la-Ville

    The 12C Monks' Chapel is famous for its mural paintings which are a fine example of Cluniac art. The vaulting of the apse is decorated with a nearly- 4m high Christ in Majesty, surrounded by apostles, bishops and deacons presenting a parchment (the L..

  • 16 Castle grounds Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 71460 Cormatin

    The grounds of this château were redesigned in 1992 to offer a attractive setting for a stroll. Features include charming paths, a lawn embellished with yew trees in geometric shapes, an assortment of perennials and shrubs, and lovely views of the ch..

  • 17 Cathedral of St-Étienne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Étienne F - 89000 Auxerre

    A Gothic building constructed between the 13C and 16C with a beautiful Flamboyant façade. Around the ambulatory is a magnificent ensemble of stained-glass medallion windows in which blues and reds predominate. The Romanesque crypt contains famous fre..

  • 18 Abbey of St Germain Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 bis pl. St-Germain F - 89000 Auxerre

    Founded in the 6C by Clothilde, this abbey is the city's most venerable monument. The 12C steeple, now free-standing after the demolition of part of the fabric, is remarkable. The 9C crypt has some Carolingian frescoes (c 850, the earliest in France)..

  • 19 Cathédrale St-Étienne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la République F - 89100 Sens

    This is the first of France's big cathedrals (1130-1168). The west façade presents a statue of Saint Etienne, at the pier of the central doorway. The façade in the Flamboyant style at north transept is magnificent, built between 1503 and 513 by Marti..

  • 20 Château d'Ancy-le-Franc Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    18 pl. Clermont-Tonnerre F - 89160 Ancy-le-Franc

    This château on the banks of the River Armançon is one of Burgundy's finest. It was built in 1546 by Sebastiano Serlio for Antoine III de Poitiers, Dauphiné's governor and husband of Anne-Françoise de Poitiers. This Italian architect brought to the c..

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