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Caves in Franche-Comte
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image of a natural cave Caves of Franche-Comte

Franche Comte is a land rich in natural beauty, even its subterranean world is full of wonders, with some 4,000 caves and caverns where nature has let its imagination run wild.

Moidons Caves

Moidon Caves Moidon Caves

10 km from Arbois, Moidons caves are located in the heart of the Jura forest. with numerous stalactites, impressive stalagmites, subterranean pools and a sound and light show.
Discovered in 1966, an area of more than 4,000 m2 with innumerable stalactites, stalagmites and columns with sound and light show is available for public visits.

Moidon Caves
Planche Cave
Cave entrance
Planches blind valley
Planches blind valley

The Planches Cave

5 km from Arbois, at the bottom of this blind valley, these caves were formed by the erosive action of water running between rock strata. The numerous eroded surfaces are unique in Europe. Two of the galleries have been set aside for tourists, to trace the underground path of the water as it flows through the rock. It also includes a gallery-museum and archaeological excavations.

Planches cave The Planches cave

Baume les Messieurs Caves

Baume les Messieurs Caves

Located close to Lons le Saunier, in a truly remarkable site, these caves are 30 million years old. From the entrance gallery, accessible by stairs, visitors are taken through tall, narrow chambers to the great hall, which has superb accoustics. The ceiling of the Catafalque gallery is 80 m (262 feet) high.

Osselle Caves
D'Osselle

Osselle Caves

20 km (12 miles) from Besancon, the caves are set in a cliff overlooking a meander of the Doubs river. During the Revolution they were used as hiding places. Out of 8 km (5 miles) of long galleries, 1300 m (0.8 mile) are accessible to visitors. The underground river in one of the lower galleries is spanned by a small stone bridge (built in 1751) enabling visitors to see the "organ gallery". The cave offers a variety of geologic phenomena including amazingly colourful crystal formations and treasures from both historic and prehistoric times.

Gouffre de Poudrey

Gouffre de Poudrey Cave Image

Located at Etalans, 20 Km (12 miles) from Besancon, it is the largest cavern in France adapted for visitors. A sound and light show adds to the supernatural character of the site.

Grotte de la Glaciere
La Glacière
Glaciere Cave

Located at Chaux-les-Passavant, 30 km (19 miles) from Besancon. The cave's glaciation process is unique in Europe. Naturally formed ice castles, potholes, a former ocean bed, fossils and jellyfish are among the site's attractions. Nearby, a mineral exhibition displays more than 5,000 crystals from all over the world.

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