France Regions

Franche-Comte


Welcome to Besançon and the Franche-Comte region

Discover Franche-Comte, a beautiful but perhaps little known part of France. Far away from the main highways, picturesque roads will entice you with a countryside full of wild, fascinating, ever-changing scenery.

More than half of the region is covered with forests and rivers. There are also over eighty lakes. The region is situated along the German and Swiss borders, between Alsace and Burgundy. From its capital city of Besançon, to Montbeliard, Belfort and Luxeuil-les-Bains, there are many historic towns and villages to explore.

Don’t forget to try the regions namesake Comté cheese, hand made in “fruiteries”, with some Jura wines, the “vin jaune”, and the wines from Chateau-Chalon and Arbois.

Besançon stages a famous music festival every September lasting for two weeks. Another exceptional site to visit are the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans.

Visit the website of the tourist office of Franche-Comte for more information.

The City of Besançon

Roman ruins near Switzerland

Besançon is the capital of the Franche-Comte region in eastern France. The city and surrounding area are home to more than 240,000 residents. The city is very close to the border with Switzerland.

An aerial view of the citadel in Besançon in the Franche-Comte region of France.
An aerial view of the citadel in Besançon in the Franche-Comte region of France.

Visit the website of the tourist office of Besançon for more information.

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