Besancon is absolutely worth a day or two. Especially the walk up to the castle with a their various museums and the zoo -- I normally do not like zoos but this one is not only in a great location (great views) but the those lions and tigers are impressive and well-housed.
Besançon is a city in eastern France. Officially, it is considered as the capital of both the Department of Doubs and of the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Unofficially, it is also known as the “first green city of France” as well as a “town of art and history.”
The city’s economy depends on microtechnology, including the manufacturing of watches as well as automatic ticketing machine. Its modern business sectors belie Besançon’s ancient architecture dating back to the Middle Ages and the Spanish Renaissance. Its Palais Granville is an artistic creation from the sixteenth century. Its Citadel of Besançon is a seventeenth century masterpiece by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. It was used as a fortress, ideally surrounded by the Doubs River on three sides and a mountain on the fourth. Today, it is a museum which also features a mini-zoo on its grounds.
This “town of art and history” boasts many theaters, several museums, including the Musée Du Temps (Time Museum), as well as the Besançon Astronomical Observatory. Its artistic appreciation also brings forth the Besançon International Music Festival, an annual event in September featuring classical music, along with many other music festivals of a variety of genres throughout the year.
There is no commercial airport within the city, but two international airports are within a two-hour drive. There is also access to the city via roads, the train, a tramway, and a bus route.
Travelers on a budget will be disappointed in the shortage of hostels in Besançon. However, there are a handful of other very affordable accommodations in the city. If you share a room with a fellow traveler in one of the hotels or inns, your cost will be similar to that of a hostel bed. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the fact that big cities are close by. Paris, for example, is only 202 miles (325 kilometers) away and has a huge selection of hostels available. If you settle into a hostel in a larger city nearby, you easily can take a day trip to explore Besançon and return to your hostel by nighttime.
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