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Besançon, the fortified city
Bescançon’s old town La Boucle nestles in a tight meander of the River Doubs in Eastern France. The World Heritage-listed 17th-century citadel looks down on streets of white stone buildings dating as far back as Roman times. Archways and secretive courtyards are ripe for aimless wandering.
Hop off the train and let yourself be amazed by the military fortifications, the chapel and the kilometres of ramparts of the perfectly restored citadel. Besançon also houses three museums among which the poignant Resistance and Deportation Museum.
Besançon can boast about having a considerable and well-conserved patrimony representing most of the historic periods. From Antiquity, we advise you to see the "Black Door", a picturesque triumphal arch which decor was decided by Marcus-Aurelius himself.
The Renaissance Granvelle Palace dates back from the 16th century and houses the Time Museum, commemorating the importance of the clock making in Besançon, leading to its position of French watch capital in the 19th century.
Getting to and from Besançon
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Besançon can be found.