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  • 1 Route des Grandes Alpes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Who hasn't dreamt of one day traversing the Alps from end to end, from pass to pass, from one sea to the other, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean? The southern part of the route begins at the Col du Lautaret and continues into the southern Alps b..

  • 2 Quyras Regional Nature Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Queyras is an isolated hinterland. A geographical, historical and cultural entity, it became a protected park in 1977. Its villages such as st-Veran are among Europe's highest (average altitude here is 2 200m), and its charm combines vast space w..

  • 3 The Briançonnais Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    "Mountains touching the sky and plunging valleys": Vauban was ecstatic when he discovered this place. No fewer than four valleys (Guisane, Clarée, Durance and Cerveyrette) converge here and the hills rise to 2 000m. TheClarée Valley and the..

  • 4 Briançon's Upper town - Cité Vauban Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin de Ronde-Supérieure

    Briançon-Vauban, unlike Briançon-Ste-Catherine, the lower town, still looks as it did in the olden days, with the porte Pignerol (Pignerol gate) and fortified church. Its steep, narrow streets, particularly the two main streets, the Grande and Petite..

  • 5 Cross of Toulouse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 232

    The Croix de Toulouse (alt. 1 962m), the southern spur of a ridge separating the Guisane and Clarée valleys, dominates Briançon. A panoramic view over the River Durance and River Guisane valleys as far as the Lautaret pass.

  • 6 Upper rampat walk of the Vauban fortifications, Briançon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cité Vauban

    The road leads to the castle fort (on the terrace, a statue by Bourdelle, La France). Continuing along the path, you will see a bell-tower with the Som de Serre bell. From the porte de la Durance terrace, a fine view over the River Durance and Asfeld..

  • 7 Petite Gargouille (or rue de la Mercerie) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Petite-Gargouille

    High, severe façades, steps leading to doors decorated with ironwork: a narrow street, renovated with care and attention paid to detail.

  • 8 Salettes Fort Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin des Salettes

    This small fort has small passageways cut out of the rock. A fine view over the upper town and the Têtes and Randouillet forts.

  • 9 Prorel Cablecar Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Avenue René-Froger

    A number of mountain walks are possible from the summit (alt. 2 566m) and you will be assured of splendid panoramic views! You can return via Chantemerle or towards Puy-Saint-Pierre via the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges chapel.

  • 10 Asfeld Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route de Fonchristiane

    With its single 40m arch, this extremely sturdy bridge spans the River Durance at a height of 56m. It connects Briançon with the Tête and Randouillet forts.

  • 11 Great Gargoyle (or Grande-Rue) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Around 1 000m of the length of the street is paved with cobblestones, and a fast-flowing stream powers through a furrow in the middle, originally for fire-fighting purposes. Stroll about the craft shops or compare the menus of the little restaurants...

  • 12 Pignerol Gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    With its drawbridge and portcullis, Briançon has long been well protected. Today its guardhouse hosts exhibitions, and another building is a heritage centre.

  • 13 Briançon Castle Fort

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This old medieval fortress was adapted for the artillery in the mid-19C. On the fort's terrace is a 9m-high statue by Bourdelle: La France.

  • 14 Chapel of the Pénitents, Briançon

    Religious buildings

    Rue du Pont-d’Asfeld

    Only the fine steeple was restored after fire swept through the chapel in 1988. The rest of the building is still waiting to be restored.

  • 15 Place d'Armes, Briançon

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place d’Armes

    This Mediterranean look comes from the façades painted in warm colours and the café terraces (in fine weather) overlooking two sundials. In the centre, Vauban had a well dug which proved extremely useful during the 1815 siege.

  • 16 Ecrins National Park Centre

    Museums and art

    pl. du Gén.-Blanchard

    The Maison du Parc National des Écrins has had quite a revamp, which is good news for children: fun exhibitions on nature and architecture, as well as interactive activities mean much can be learned about the Massif des Écrins mountains, which stradd..

  • 17 Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame-et-St-Nicolas

    Religious buildings

    Place du Temple

    The collegiate was built in the 18C. Note the tower on the left and the baroque sundial, one of the finest in the Alps. Behind the collegiate is a viewpoint indicator offering a view of the three levels of fortifications, the modern districts and the..

  • 18 Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges

    Religious buildings

    Massif du Prorel

    The small chapel is covered in touching, commemorative plaques. A fine view over the Serre-Chevalier valley. If you feel up to it, return to Briançon on foot through the mountain pastures: the path is signposted and you should allow 2hr30min.

  • 19 Toulouse Cross Via Ferrata

    Nature and gardens


    Access to the equipped rockface is just to the east of the Croix de Toulouse. You can make the downward journey via the Fort des Salettes path.

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