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La Citadelle de Besancon

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Don't hesitate Nice place. Full of things to do : zoo - museum - historical - restaurant With... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eric V
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Views from the Citadelle alone are worth visiting for, but there's so much more...

On a sunny day, the views are spectacular and the zoo is very interesting; it would be a fabulous... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Julie R
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99 rue Fusilles de la Resistance, 25000, Besancon, France
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All reviews resistance museum an aquarium la citadelle fantastic views french resistance something for everyone the bus the river world war ii steep walk well worth a visit on site audio guide three hours worth the climb city centre concentration camp
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't hesitate Nice place. Full of things to do : zoo - museum - historical - restaurant With kids teens and adult

Thank Eric V
Reviewed October 4, 2018

On a sunny day, the views are spectacular and the zoo is very interesting; it would be a fabulous day out for families with young children as they'd love seeing the animals. We found the multimedia film about the history of Besancon very interesting, and...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We had a fantastic day out on a bit of a rainy day in Besancon. The Citadelle itself is really interesting, but there is a great surprise of a decent sized zoo! We thought that the zoo was really cleverly "built in" to the walls...More

Thank Anastasia53
Reviewed September 9, 2018

This is a citadel with a difference, what an interesting place! The castle itself is well looked after and extremely impressive. You can walk all around the ramparts and take in the amazing views. However on top of the history of the castle and it's...More

Thank Heather A
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Huge fortress with breathtaking ramparts and inner courtyards. We enjoyed the experience which takes at least 3 hours to view in depth

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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

This was a great spot to visit. It offered a view of amazing French military architecture as well as numerous museums of French history. The Resistance museum covered both the French resistance pre WWI as the war itself from a French perspective. Very well done....More

Thank Jordan D
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The citadelle is amazing on its own, but surprises with the zoo, the insectary, and the noctarium. I especially appreciated the Resistance museum.

Thank Michael S
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

On the spur of the moment on Saturday morning, we drove to Besançon from Geneva for a weekend outing. The Citadelle is an amazing site situated above the Doub River with spectacular views all around. Entry fee includes access to several high quality exhibitions inside...More

2  Thank CSinKTM
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Vauban's Citadel in Beasncon is not only of great historical importance, but it also now houses a wide cross section of attractions ranging from, as one might expect, museums, to rather more unusually, a zoo and a rodent "noctarium". If you are in Besancon, do...More

2  Thank Sc6874
Reviewed July 5, 2018

I went to the Citadel while I was staying in Besancon for a few days. I did find that it was quite difficult to find via google maps. When I put the address into google maps it brought me into the canal tunnel underneath the...More

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Response from CitadelleBesancon | Property representative |
Rectification: You can park your car on Rodia car park (Avenue de Chardonnet) and take the bus line 27 to the Citadel.
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