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Dole, quai des Tanneurs - ©Comité Régional du Tourisme de Franche-Comté
Tourisme fluvial à Dole - ©Comité Régional du Tourisme de Franche-Comté
It is a real pleasure to leisurely wander this town in Jura, which offers a lot to learn. It is up to you to wander its labyrinthine alleys to unearth the innumerable cultural treasures: Notre Dame collegiate church, Hôtel-Dieu, and other Renaissance or Classical monuments reveal the prosperous past of this city that was once the Comtoise capital. You will certainly wander through the Tannery District, a charming quarter where none other than Louis Pasteur was born! You may also visit his birthplace that is still home to personal effects and family treasures belonging to the famous scientist.
In addition to its old stone, water has always been a part of Dole as it is crossed by the Rhine/Rhône canal, which is an ideal spot for boat trips only a stone’s throw from the historic centre. Boats can be hired from the river station, and guided tours can be booked.
The area around Dole is also home to its share of surprises: the Jura vineyard and Arbois, its capital, the Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) in Arc et Senans, or the vast Chaux forest. There are plenty opportunities to fill your photo album with memories of your holiday in Franche-Comté.