Ideally located at the gate of the Jura, Dole, birthplace of Louis Pasteur, conceals a monumental heritage of astonishing wealth, preserved testimony of a story that begins in the Middle Ages. Clinging to the slopes of a limestone hill lined with canals, the city was the capital of Burgundy County before being integrated into the Kingdom of France in 1678. It retains many buildings inspired by the Renaissance and is teeming with decoration stones.
For nearly 500 years the beautifully restored bell tower of the Notre-Dame has proudly overlooked the historic center. Inside this vast conservation area, private mansions, convents, stairs, fountains invite you to wander endlessly through the seasons. Between Bourgogne and Franche-Comté, between plain and vineyards, take time to enjoy the charms and unlock the secrets of this city of stone and water.
Throughout the year, the heritage council organizes and coordinates tours, discovery workshops and activities for all audiences, in collaboration with the tourist office of the Pays de Dole.
Dole lies along the Doubs River and the Rhine-Rhône Canal, southeast of Dijon. It was called Dolla under the Romans. It was the seat of the dukes of Burgundy in medieval times and was the capital (1332–1674) of Franche-Comté. It belonged to the house of Habsburg from 1493 until the Peace of Nijmegen made it French in 1678, when its parliament and university (founded 1423) were transferred to Besançon.
The birthplace of Louis Pasteur in Dole is preserved as a monument, and the Hôpital Pasteur is housed in a 17th-century building. The Gothic-style Church of Notre-Dame dates from the 16th century.
The Collegiale-Notre-Dame is much the most important monument in Dole. It is found in the centre of the old town, and also dominates the skyline. Dating from the medieval period when Dole was the most important local centre (from 1386 - 1676), the building was constructed in gothic style over the course of much of the 16th century (1509 - 1586).
The National Nature Reserve of Girard Island, accessible from the town of Gevry, is situated in the heart of Lower Doubs Valley.
Osselle Cave is noted for the beauty of its natural setting, variety of its crystallization and colorings and geological phenomena.
The birthplace of Louis Pasteur is open every day from early February vacation at the end of autumn holidays