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La Citadelle de Besancon

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Address: 99, rue des Fusilles de la Resistance, Besancon, France
Phone Number: +33 3 81 87 83 33
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It's a fort

I do enjoy going round Vauban forts. This is a pretty good example, made slightly weird by the presence of a zoo inside. It is one of the larger Vauban constructions - and he did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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South Wingfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I do enjoy going round Vauban forts. This is a pretty good example, made slightly weird by the presence of a zoo inside. It is one of the larger Vauban constructions - and he did construct a lot, and is situated on a hill above the town, which was also fortified. During the war Brirish women were interned here for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you choose to stay outside to have a view of Besancon, that is absolutely fine. But the historical meaning of this place is what I walked away from the Citadelle. It is very "local" tourist site, yes, but it really shows you visually how the concentration camp life was, and a good reminder what had happened in the history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If in Besançon, obviously this is the first place to visit. If in good shape, the best way to ascend to La Citadelle, is by the stairs starting next to hotel Les Sauvages. Beware though, you can easily spend most of the day up there, due to the rather eclectic & extensive mix. Kids definately will love the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

to climb up to the Citadelle. I know how depressing it can be to watch animals in a zoo, but this one is clean and not over-populated. Then you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city of Besançon. Enjoy your visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Came here in August 2014 with my family (Mum, Dad, sister, brother-in-law and Nephew). I'm a lover of history, so I enjoyed reading the bits of history around the Citadel and went in the Holocaust Museum which I found interesting despite not being able to speak French (all the information in there was written in French - I do not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The Besancon fortress was great. We did all the museums and found them all interesting. The most striking was the Holocaust museum (very young children beware) Loads of history and surprisingly, a zoo there too (aquarium and insectarium as well) !! Great for a day out for the whole family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Imposing fortress with an interesting history, set up to contain 2 museums and a zoo very well kept. The Comptois museum shows some interesting artefacts of the area and its history. In the zoo, monkeys, exotic birds, lions and tigers have enough space to move around, and I was surprised to see a good number of very young animals, born... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This place is simply amazing. I brought my children when they were small & had such a lovely memory of it, that I brought them back again during a recent trip to the area and I wasn't disappointed! The noctarium alone is worth the visit! We love watching the rats scurry around in the dark. The zoo itself is just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

One of the most interesting and prettiest fortress towns we've ever visited (and we've visited quite a lot including other Vauban fortified towns). The walk up can be strenuous from the town or easy if you drive and park or take the little tourist 'tractor train'. You can spend the whole day, there is local museum, a Vauban exhibition, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Caught bus from town square near tourist information. Interesting history and great views. Has cafe and little museums. Can spend all day. Steep walk on cobbled stones however can arrange lift with security if older/ disabled. Besancon is a picturesque town with many things to see and a good base for this beautiful wine growing area. Also short trip by... More 

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