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“Impressive Citadel, and a zoo as well.”

La Citadelle de Besancon
Ranked #1 of 96 things to do in Besancon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

The citadelle was an impressive place to visit.

A steep and twisty drive up from town took us to parking near the entrance.

For the admission fee there is a lot to see. The citadelle is large, with many places to walk and explore and a museum of the French Resistance and Deportation, which is worth seeing.

Lots of steps for the ramparts, but some great views.

The surprise at the back of the citadelle is a zoo, with a good range of animals and some nice enclosures. There is also a small aquarium.

If you want to see everything the visit could eaily be most of a day.

Thank midlandsmoggy
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Magnificent Vauban Citadel. Very moving museums of the Resistance and the Deportations, good museum of Comtois life. Great views from the ramparts. Skip the Zoo unless kids want to go. Good little café with reasonable prices. Restaurant also on site. We last visited here 12 years ago and the facilities have improved greatly, 9 Euros each admission, well worth it.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is a "must see" attraction in the area. I can not compare this to anything else I have seen so far.
You need at least half a day to fully enjoy it and see all. It is not a place where you pop in for an hour or two.
It is a very special place where the history is mixed up with nature.
The Zoo is perfectly built into the magnificant structure of the citadelle which is overlooking the city of Besancon.
We went with kids to see the museum and the citadelle but ended up walking around the Zoo and watching all the animals ...
Piece of advice: Go early in the morning. We started our tour at about 2pm end we had to leave the Citadelle before exploring everything. We did not expect it to be as good as it is :)

Thank meczek
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Citadelle is very big with many museums, a small farm and real zoo with lions & tigers.

for 9 euros its amazing value for money & there is lots to do, especially if you have a young family.

we had lunch in the restaurant which was fine. highlight was the birds and monkeys.

Thank RaniLee
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Superb value for money. Amazing to see animals blending into castle ramparts! Food at the restaurant was also good. Probably could spend the whole day here.

Thank Tom H
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