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Discover Franche-Comté for the best of the outdoors

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Travel guide

Whether you discover the region in summer or in winter, Franche-Comté is above all a leading nature destination. Hiking, horse-riding, cycling or excursions on the water in the warmer seasons, and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing when a white blanket of snow covers the region in the winter season: there are many marked trails that allow you to immerse yourself in these landscapes between the plains and mountains.
Full of character, Franche-Comté opens itself up to visitors with as much sincerity in its appearance as in its local products. Obviously, what immediately comes to mind are the many delights you will find in your plate, based around products still made in the traditional way. Sausages, ham, Comté, Emmental, Munster and wines of the Jura mountains are ever-present and used together to produce recipes that are as mouth-watering as they are tantalising, a quality particular to mountainous regions.
The landscapes, food, and drink could definitely be enough for many visitors, but Franche-Comté does hold many other treasures. History holds an important place in the cultural landscape of Franch-Comté. Although concealed and often revealed by chance, vestiges of the rich history of Franche-Comté provide a mine of knowledge and wonder. Whether they are prehistoric, ancient or Gallo-Roman, these pieces of evidence of a distant past enrich the regional museography as well as the curiosity of visitors.
With a tendency to be found above, rather than below ground, the region's rich religious heritage is also an important part of the culture. The Romchamp Chappelle, the Abbaye de Baume-les-Messieurs and the Protestant enclave of Montbéliard serve as a reminder that the region has been marked by two great religions.

Our Editorial team's advice

The region's gastronomic specialities are favourable to preservation. So don't hesitate to fill up on Morteau sausages, Haut Doubs smoked ham and other salted meat, as well as cheeses like Comté, Morbier and Emmental to keep your holiday going once you are back home.
The Jura and Vosges Mountains make up the largest Nordic zone in Europe. Enthusiasts of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will appreciate the Jura Mountains, a medium-sized mountain range which is a perfect playground for these disciplines. Of course, downhill skiing is also an option, but the modest-sized resorts of the Jura and the Vosges do not make this sport as popular as it is in the Alps or the Pyrénées.
Thanks to the Rhin-Rhône TGV, Belfort is just 2h 16m from Paris.

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