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Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale)

25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33 3 81 54 45 00
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Beautiful place

Royal Saltworks are worth visiting if only for their unusual architecture. You won't expect... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
Moscow, Russia
Ultimately disappointing

This place is fascinating and the history of it's construction and the social history are... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
David A
Preston, United Kingdom
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25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33 3 81 54 45 00
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Royal Saltworks are worth visiting if only for their unusual architecture. You won't expect something like saltworks to lok that appealing and grand and yet they do. There's a great exhibition on their architect, along with some models of his works, both concepts and actual...More

Thank Tinde_K
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This place is fascinating and the history of it's construction and the social history are fascinating. Sadly the place, other than the outside of the buildings, doesn't reflect this. The buildings are great and each houses different displays. We thoroughly enjoyed the displays but we...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 27 September 2017

A great place to spend a minimum of half a day. Lots to learn and see in a stunning setting. Very well put together. It is worth visiting the other site also for a more practical idea of the salt production methods.

Thank MarkHancox
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The place is amazing for its architecture, the Ledoux museum and the cultural activities. We followed a guided tour which lasted 1 hour and gave us some great information about the creation of the salines, the way salt was produced as well as valuable facts...More

Thank supernellis
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

I read about this place and managed to fit it into my recent trip to France. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site. Interestimg architecture and a variety of exhibits in the individual buildings. Unfortunately it started raining so hard that I couldn't enjoy my visit....More

Thank The_Goddess_in_KA
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

A great architectural feat. A brilliant and imaginative design of a workplace created in the late 18th century. The architect, Ledoux, was a great visionary and ahead of his time. Having been impressed by his design you can then learn the history and importance of...More

Thank Ian G
Reviewed 27 April 2017

The buildings were beautiful to walk around as were the grounds. The accompanying exhibitions which give a very necessary introduction to the importance of salt throughout history was also great. When we were there, a TinTin exhibition was also showing so it was a double...More

Thank Eva T
Reviewed 20 August 2016

very interesting to visit, nice overview of the current salt pits of the whole world. what a pity that the oven are gone in the saline. go there in summer time and there is a light show regarding history of the place at night.

Thank Florian Z
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We visited the Arc-et-Senans by chance while doing a weekend motorbike trip in Jura and now are happy for the coincidence. La Saline Royale complex is a masterpiece of architecture, very well preserved and maintained place with nice gardens and expositions. The night music and...More

1  Thank vytisj2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful site. If you love architecture, photography or gardens. Or come to one of the concerts. There is not much in English but they are very encouraging when you try to speak French.

1  Thank Anne C
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