Besançon > Montbéliard
92 km - A magnificent track, running between the Doubs and the Rhône-Rhine Canal. From Besançon to the sumptuous town of Montbéliard, passing through Baume-les-Dames, at the heart of some astonishing natural and architectural heritage - this stage is a real delight for riders on the Eurovélo 6 trail!
Leave Besançon following the Doubs, until Chalèze. Here, cyclists can choose from two options - a path running alongside the water, or a road over it, which combine together a little way short of Deluz. The exit of this road is at a spot that is not yet developed. The track reappears at Ougney-les-Champs and runs alongside the Doubs. Please take care - it is sometimes very steep! Don't miss Baume-les-Dames, very close to the group leisure area and guesthouse. There is a walkway to cross that connects the two sides of the Eurovélo route. Cameras at the ready! Here we arrive at the road between Roche-lès-Clerval and Clerval. The cycle path starts up again at this point, following all the twists and turns of the waterway. Between Isle-sur-le-Doubs and Montbéliard, only a small section of the route isn't signposted. The trail leads directly to the centre of town.
Miles of walls, 'Tenaille' defences, gatehouses, curtain walls, towers and more. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2008 as part of the Vauban fortifications, this wonderfully restored fortress is where everything happens in Besançon. Museum of the Resistance and Deportation, Comté Museum, Espace Vauban, zoological gardens - there's something here for everyone!
Baume les dames
The town centre is the perfect spot for a gentle stroll around the Renaissance-era houses. The Place de la République will lead you to the Church of Saint Martin, to the courthouses hosting the media library, and also to the turreted house with its fascinating Latin inscriptions.
The Dames Chanoinesses Abbey was founded in the 5th century by Saint Germain, the Bishop of Besançon. It accommodated nuns, the most aristocratic families and Odile, the blind daughter of Duke Aldaric of Alsace, who took refuge here. Built in a Neo-Roman style, the current abbey church is the work of architect Nicolas Nicole, and plays host to a cultural centre.
Business and Meetings Centre
At the bottom of the "Domaine d'Aucroix" tourist complex, this is where to come for shows and events held over the year for the Baume region.
Visitors are invited to follow the marked trail to explore this old castle. While passing by, they can take the opportunity to admire the steeple with the special cover, the cemetery chapel and the and the repository chapel.
The Castle of the Dukes of Württemberg and its museum
This building was the residence of the Dukes of Württemberg between 1397 and 1793, and it still dominates the city from its rocky outcrop, with its two imposing monumental round towers.
The science pavillon
Located in the Près la Rose park, this pavilion puts on a large number of exhibitions open to the general public. Budding scientists are welcome in a space specially designed for curious young minds: an activities team will help kids make their first experiments.
Le Relais Vélo
Chemin de Halage de Casamène
Tél. 03 81 52 65 53
Cycles J.-M. Brun
8, rue Ernest Nicolas
Tel. 03 81 84 40 43
Get all the accomodation addresses within 5 km from the Eurovélo 6 route on the website of the Comité Régional de Tourisme de France Comté :
maps and guidebooks
Chamina : Eurovelo 6 Guide from Basel to Nevers.
Huber : 6 maps to cross France by bicycle from Atlantic to the Rhine.
A Belfort-Montbéliard-Besançon line runs around fifteen times a day. It also serves Baume-les-Dames and Deluz.