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  The Doubs in evening twilight
by Loeffle

The Doubs springs up at Mouthe (alt. 937 m). At times, it flows through lush limestone gorges, at times, it lingers through plains and meanders. It forms lakes Saint-Point and Chaillexon as well..

The loop it forms around the city of Besanšon is very famous and therefore the river was very important for the founding of the city (see Citadel and overview page). For many centuries Pont de Battant (replacing the old Roman stone bridge which was part of the road connecting Italy with the Rhine Provinces) was the only bridge over the Doubs in Besanšon.

The superb architectural sweep of the Quai Vauban punctuated by the arcades of the 17th century houses.

At Villers-le-Lac, the Doubs spreads out in large pools and soon turns into an impressive 27 meters waterfall, called Saut du Doubs (the Doubs Sault). Boat cruises are available from Villers-le-Lac.

The river gave its name to the Doubs department and makes its mark along its course. Its name (Doubs) originates in the Latin word "Dubius" meaning "doubtful". To achieve a distance of 90 km from its source to the point where it flows into the Sa˘ne river, it changes direction three times and flows 430 km with 190 km of navigable waterways.

Address: NW End of Old Town and SW of Pont de Battant

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  • Updated Jul 10, 2003
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