10AM – Renaissance jewel

In terms of heritage and culture, Dole is home to evidence of the Renaissance, which coincided with the Golden Age of the town when it was the capital of Comté. To make sure you don’t miss any of its architectural gems, look up at the right façades and stroll down the right street, you just need to follow the Chat Perché Circuit (information at the tourist office).

Collegiale de Dole © CRT Bourgogne Franche Comte)

11AM – Two unmissables

The spotlight is on two of the town’s iconic buildings: the collegiate church of Notre Dame and the Hôtel Dieu hospital. The first will impress you with its scale and its 75 metre bell tower. It is also possible to climb to the top, where you will be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view across the town and the surrounding countryside. The second is also worth a look. Its remarkable restauration has showcased an architecture that is sober and elegant.

Restaurant Cote Pont, (© CRT Bourgogne Franche-Comte)

12AM – Gastronomy to the fore

Dole also knows how to enjoy a good meal. With its title of 2015 Gastronomic Town and two Michelin star restaurants (The Hôtel Château du Mont and the Hôtel-Restaurant La Chaumière), Dole can be rightfully proud of a food scene that expresses its inspiration through honest cuisine and products of the terroir, such as Comté cheese or Jura wines that have forged the reputation of the region.

Quai des tanneurs, Dole (© CRT BOURGOGNE FRANCHE-COMTE)

2PM – Picturesque quarter

In the Quartier des Tanneurs, once at the water’s edge, you can imagine the bustling activity that used to fill the area in the Middle Ages. The tanners’ houses were fitted with large cellar doors through which the water of the canal allowed them to fill their basins, making it possible for these artisans to process the skins. Among these houses, that of Jean- Joseph Pasteur, the father of a certain Louis…It was here that the sage was born in 1822.

Musée et atelier Louis Pasteur, Dole (© CRT Bourgogne Franche-Comte)

4PM – A meeting with Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur remains in our collective memory as the scientist who discovered a vaccine against rabies. But his research was much broader and touched upon a variety of fields (hygiene, microbiology, chemistry…). In order to get the full measure of his good works, a visit to his birth house is a must. You will learn that even as an adolescent, Pasteur had artistic talents, evidence of which lies in his pastel portraits.

Tourisme fluvial sur le Doubs, Dole (© CRT BOURGOGNE FRANCHE-COMTE)

5.30PM – Escapades on the water

Dole also boasts a canal with an adorable port, brought to life with dozens of pleasure boats and a river ambiance just a short hop from the town centre. There is nothing quite like a gentle mode of transport such as the electric boat or cruise boat to help you enjoy the green spaces and admire the former capital of Franche-Comté from an unexpected angle.