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

25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33(0)381 544500
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Personally I found this place incredibly boring and for 11.50 euros for adults a bit over priced however you can't fault them on effort in ways of explaining salt exploration, exploitation and general production. It's all there and you will be an expert when you leave (assuming your French is up to scratch). Also good if you love architecture. My... More

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Berne
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This walled complex would be impressive in a city - here in rural France it is unexpectedly impressive. The architect had grand designs for a city here in the middle of nowhere, with the salt-works (sited here because the trees were here, while the salt had to come from miles away as brine through wooden pipes). The place in itself... More

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Samoens
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The positives - this is a lovely building, the exhibition is interesting, and the themed gardens are fun. However, this seems like a museum from a different age ,, the halls that housed all salt production are effectively empty ,, surely they could have found or recreated some contemporary machinery to bring the experience to life. The History of Salt... More

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Scotland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were camping nearby and thought we’d pay a quick visit to the local museum and ended up spending half a day at a Unesco world Heritage site . The most interesting part was the model village and the Utopian ideas of the architect – Ledoux. He only built a fraction of the village he had intended but in one... More

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Haifa, Israel
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126 reviews 126 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The architecture of the saltworks is impressive and I was surprised to see how massive the place is. Buildings housed workers, the central administration, the works themselves. All is arranged in a pleasingly harmonious semi-circle of buildings. An English audiotour guides you through the displays and the buildings. The architect has his own little museum which was surprisingly interesting. I... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

we only stopped for a meal on the corner on our travels but we went into this attraction and passed a couple of hours looking into its past and browsing the various gardens to the house the workers lived in, the whole place is worth the visit and to look into how the design of the site was put together... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I struggle with what I didn't love about this site. It is architecturally interesting but on the day we visited it was fairly deserted. Some of the buildings have art exhibits in them. There are themed gardens planted behind the buildings. The theme of the site was on the immigrant experience. It just wasn't as engaging as I'd expected --... More

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We visited this site with a group interested in art and achitecture but for me there was the added interest in the history of salt production. This example of development of controlled society; here an example where in exchange for decent food and shelter, workers gave up all freedoms (they were for all intents and purposes jailed - once provide... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This beautiful building, designed by Ledoux, is absolutely worth a visit! The huge building is impressive, especially from the outside. The exhibition with scale models by the famous architect is very interesting and a must see when you are in La Saline Royale.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
51 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I really enjoyed the visit. The part which houses models of Ledoux's creations is absolutely unbelievable. He was such a visionary! The exhibition about salt was excellent too. Staff were all helpful and pleasant, even though they weren't always able to answer questions. However, I feel like more could be done out of such a brilliant place. To begin with,... More

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