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General Information

Its geographical location makes Franche-Comte a truly central region in Europe. Located in the eastern part of France, with Alsace to the north, Burgundy to the west, Rhone Alpes to the south and a 143 miles (230 km) border with Switzerland to the East. The Jura Mountains form this natural border and provide a winter sports alternative to the Alps. "La Grande Traversee du Jura" (GTJ) is a 350 km (200 miles) trail accessible to everyone in all seasons, ideal for hiking, mountain biking or skiing.
The Franche-Comte is a land rich in history and cultural tradition. The region was annexed to France in 1678, by Louis XIV. Besançon is its traditional capital.
With its abundance of wide open spaces, mountains, forests (43% of the land) and rushing waters, its architectural heritage, its picturesque villages, its fine cuisine and excellent wines, Franche-Comte is offering an escape to a quality of life.
Franche-Comte is divided into four departments: Belfort Territory, Haute-Saone, Doubs and Jura.

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Arbois Belfort Besancon Lons-le-Saunier St. Claude Other Cities
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Belfort Territory

On the doorsteps of Alsace, Germany and Switzerland, it is a land rich in history and heritage... more info


Between Jura department and Vosges mountains, it identifies itself as a "green island"... more info


Set in the heart of Franche-Comte with 40% covered by forest, it is classified as the greenest department in France... more info


With its mountains forming a natural border between France and Switzerland, it is a beautiful land of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forest and caves... more info
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