Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a region of France created by the reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Burgundy and Franche-Comté. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections of December 2015, electing 100 members to the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

The region is the sixth largest in France covering an area of 47,784 km2 (18,450 sq mi) and has a population of 2,816,814. The region borders Grand Est to the north, Île-de-France to the northwest, Centre-Val de Loire to the west, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the south and Switzerland (the cantons of Vaud, Neuchâtel and Jura) to the east.

The main rivers in the region are the Saône and its tributary the Doubs. The Loire river flows through the southwest of the region, at Nevers. The Seine river starts in the Côte-d'Or department.

Chateauneuf en Auxois
© Alain DOIRE / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

There are 8 departments: Côte-d'Or; Doubs; Jura; Nièvre; Haute-Saône; Saône-et-Loire; Yonne and Territoire de Belfort.

Village de Solutré
© Alain DOIRE / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

There are three main mountain ranges in the region:

·         The Vosges Mountains are in the northeast of the region and its highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is Ballon de Servance, 1,216 m (3,990 ft) high.
·         The Jura Mountains are along the eastern limits; here is Crêt Pela, the highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté with 1,495 m (4,905 ft).
·         The Morvan mountains are in the centre of the western part; it highest point is Haut-Folin, 901 m (2,956 ft) high.

Château de Tanlay
© Alain DOIRE / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme

the former regions

Burgundy (Bourgogne)

The former administrative region of Burgundy (Bourgogne) comprised the departments of Côte-d'Or; Doubs; Nièvre; Saône-et-Loire, and Yonne.

Burgundy is one of France's main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, respectively, although other grape varieties can be found, including Gamay, Aligote, Pinot blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. The region is divided into the Côte-d'Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and Beaujolais, Chablis, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon. The reputation and quality of the top wines, together with the fact that they are often produced in small quantities, has led to high demand and high prices, with some Burgundies ranking among the most expensive wines in the world.

With regard to cuisine, the region is famous for the Burgundian dishes coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and époisses de Bourgogne cheese.

Tourist sites of Burgundy include the Rock of Solutré, the Tournus cathedral, Cluny, Brancion, the castles of Cormatin and Couches, the palace of the dukes of Burgundy in Dijon, the Pézanin Arboretum (in Dompierre-les-Ormes), and Vézelay abbey.

Dijon terraces
© Alain DOIRE / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Tourisme


This comparatively little-known region bordering Switzerland, shares many of its neighbour's characteristics.  The component departments are Haute-Saône (70), Doubs (25) and Jura (39), and its principal town is Besançon.

To the north lie the Vosges mountains, and the Jura to the south. Between the two is a supreme landscape of rolling farmland, dense pine forest and mountains.

Lacking the stature of the Alps, the Jura mountains are nonetheless popular with skiers and walkers, with many fine walking trails on the lower slopes.

In Franche-Comté, architecture and nature unite to create an exceptional canvas. An individual sense of aesthetics and unique traditions closely linked with the social and economic history of the region has given birth to an abundance of distinguishing characteristics, notably its traditional and religious architecture.

Four inscriptions are registered as World Heritage Sites: The Royal Saltpan of Arc-et-Senans, a masterpiece of industrial architecture; the citadel of Besançon; Notre-Dame-du-Haut, and the Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains.

Village de Moncey
© Chantal Meyer-OT Baume les Dames

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