14 remarkable sites chosen for their complementarity, diversity and a common desire to bring you, beyond emotion, a warm welcome.
With a thousand years of history behind it, the Castle of Joux, built at the entrance of the Pontarlier gap, lets us discover a whole range of colourful characters and is a real open air museum of military techniques.more
The Glacière Cave is a surprising phenomenon and is marked by the exploitation of its "white gold" over several centuries and has a rich abundance of fascinating geological and paleontological (fossils) features. It also possesses an amazing collection of minerals from all corners of the globe.more
Visit the open-air museum of the comtoises houses situated 15km from Besançon and discover Franche Comté in a 15 hectare park.
30 comtois buildings, among them a “tuyé” farm, gardens, orchards and vegetable gardens, animals…an ideal place for a week-end or a family trip.
The park has activities. workshops, courses and exhibitions for children and adults.more
As one of Vauban’s major masterpieces, and now magnificently restored, the Citadel of Besançon is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. Its fortifications are included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. It is a cultural and tourist mecca and houses, among others, a zoological garden, the Museum of Resistance* and Deportation and the Comtois Museum.
*Closed until 2023more
Come and sail aboard our electro-solar hybrid boats and enjoy a guided cruise to the waterfalls. Enjoy a 14-km round trip passing through magnificent sites and exceptional scenery with a stop at the Saut du Doubs where you will have a chance to go for a walk. Cruise and walk: 2 hours.more
The Osselle Cave is one of the most astonishing caves in the world, due to the beauty of its natural scenery, the variety of its stalagmites and stalactites and colours, its geological phenomena and for historical and prehistoric treasures.more
As a Royal factory in the XVIIIth century, the Royal Saltworks was conceived by the visionary architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. As a unique testimony in the industrial history, it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.more
As you wandering through the caves of Moidons, one of nature’s real masterpieces, situated in the heart of the Jura forest, you will be filled with wonder when you see the most beautiful stalactites in Jura and enjoy a son et lumière display to end the tour.more
Discover the secret of the Juraflore cellars and come and experience extraordinary sensations at the Fort des Rousses.more
Discover the most imposing tuyé farm in Haut-Doubs (a large chimney, 18m wide) where the elders used to smoke the ham and the famous Morteau sausage. Then enter the little Saugeais Republic with its automatons.more
In the Absinthe country, visit the last family distillery in Pontarlier, where four successive generations of distillers have succeded since 1890. You will find quality products: appetizers, liqueurs and eaux-de-vie.more
La Rochère is the oldest art glass factory in France still in operation.
Open every day
from 26 March to 30 September: 10am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 6pm
from October 1st to November 1st : 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
26 November to 31 December: 2pm - 5.30pm, closed on 25 December.
Visitors can admire the work of the master glassmakers
from 26 March to 30 April: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4.30pm
from 2 May to 30 September: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 5.30pm
from October 1st to November 1st: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4.30pm,
as well as browsing the museography and strolling through the Japanese garden.
In summer: a diversion to the contemporary art gallery completes the visit
Museography, Japanese garden and contemporary art gallery in summer.
Opening hours: 03 84 78 61 13
Open Air Museum of Comté Houses
Association Franche-Comté Evasion
Correspondance à adresser à : Musée de plein air des Maisons comtoises
Pôle Communication-Accueil Rue du musée
25 360 NANCRAY
Tél. 03 81 55 29 77
14 sites to visit