Haute-Saone is the perfect image of a rural region between the Jura and the Vosges mountains.
At the beginning of the 19th century the region was one of the ten most industrialized in France. Many of these industries now belong to the historical heritage of the region. Haute-Saone has been able to preserve some of its various crafts, such as lace making in Luxeuil, glass blowing in Passavant-la-Rochere,...
The Saone river flows through more than 100 km of its territory and gave the department its name. It is one of the best rivers for boating. The Ognon river and the many lakes provide a large selection of sports for water lovers, such as boating, canoeing, sailing, swimming and fishing.
From its vast forests to its hills, from the Champlitte vineyards to the Fougerolles cherry orchards, the Haute-Saone can be discovered through hiking, biking or horseback riding through a network of over 1,000 km of signposted trails.
The architectural wealth can be seen in each town and village where churches, castles, thermes, washhouses and fountains evoke its past.
The local gastronomy includes Luxeuil ham, cancoillotte cheese, local wines, Fougerolles Kirsch liquor and the dish called "Pauchouse", a freshwater fish stew.