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Franche-Comté experiences two real seasons with summer and winter, and nature remains one of its main assets. Natural landscapes and cultural heritage combine in harmony and invite you to discover the region’s strong character.
Hiking around Mouthier Haute Pierre - ©Comité Régional du Tourisme de Franche-Comté
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Some key figures to better understand the region, its geography and its territory
In Franche-Comté, Mother Nature is everywhere. She sculpts the landscapes that give the region its personality: immense forests like Joux, which is thought to be France’s finest pine forest with some specimens reaching 40m in height! Remarkable natural attractions in Haut-Jura and Ballons d’Alsace parks. Famous mountain ranges: from the Vosges du Sud to the Jura Mountains that form a natural border with Switzerland.
Abundant waters criss-crosses the region: the Doubs, Loue, and Saône rivers run for hundreds of kilometres. Natural or man-made lakes like Saint Point, Châlain, or Vouglans delight swimmers and lovers of water sports. The Thousand Ponds (les Mille Etangs) offer the ideal setting for hiking, especially the pond trail.
While the landscape invites you to leave your cares behind, they also invite you to get active!
In winter, 3500km of signposted cross-country skiing tracks – as well as the Grande Traversée du Jura – complement the ski resorts in Métabief and Les Rousses in the Jura Mountains and the Ballon d’Alsace in the Vosges Massif. Snow lovers will not be disappointed!
Summer can play too: Franche-Comté has over10000km of hiking trails including two long distance routes, so get your boots on and head in to the great outdoors. Cyclists are in their element in Franche-Comté with endless bike or mountain bike routes available: paths along the banks of the Saône or Doubs on “Eurovélo 6”, a paved European bike path that runs for 187km through Franche-Comté.
The region’s waterways also come into their own in summer: fly-fishing, river tourism, water sports, anything goes!
The Ronchamp Chapel, designed by the famous Le Corbusier, is an undisputed international gem of modern religious art. The Royal Salt Works in Arc-et-Senans, an important location in the history of salt, symbolises the fusion of utopian and industrial architecture.
The famous Comtois bell-towers are unique in France with their oriental domes, and are a defining characteristic of the region’s countryside. The region’s architecture has also been able to adapt to the sometimes harsh climate, as evidenced by the high mountain cottages that are protected by tavaillons (small spruce shingles), and sometimes built with a traditional pyramid chimney, known as the tuyé, used for smoking meat.