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La Citadelle de Besancon

99, rue des Fusilles de la Resistance, Besancon, France
+33 3 81 87 83 33
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Besancon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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La Paz, Bolivia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

First up, La Citadelle is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nuff said, like you just gotta visit, but I'll expound. Besancon is unique in France in that it is not yet hounded by the tour-bus crowd. Because it's not yet overly touristed, the city has a particular freshness to it. That's nice, coming from places like Tours (for the chateaux... More

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Launceston, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The history and culture of the Citadel - the Resistance Museum and the Deportation Museum in paerticular - were wonderful. Very sensitive and comprehensive overall. Unfortunately there wasn't a good restaurant nor cafe up there, so we couldn't sit down and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The citadel at besancon should not be missed. It is an incredible, imposing structure perched high up above the town. Park in one of the river side car parks and get a bus up or walk up the step steps or roadvto the top. Our legs were aching for a couple of days afterwards! Once entering the citadel you step... More

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Bexleyheath, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We took bus 17 up to the castle - cost €1.50 each and walked down. This is (apparently) the best preserved castle in France - and it shows. If you're interested in castles, this is one of the best.

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tulsa, OK
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99 reviews 99 reviews
8 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Interesting in both old and more recent history, the citadel is well worth the effort to get there and climb up to its walls. It's well-preserved, with a simple museum to explain what you're seeing but it's also pleasantly "wild" so you can get the flavor of what it might once have been like. Also beautiful views of the area... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovely Zoo, insect centre....cafe was ok. Lost our umbrellas there, which in most places would have been handed back into customer services....in France it appears to be 'Finders, Keepers'....

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Make sure you allow lots of time and visit the Musee de Resistance as a must. You can get there via the 17 bus which is by far the easiest way to go up the very steep hill

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