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Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale)

25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33 3 81 54 45 00
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Interesting & Informative trip

The buildings were beautiful to walk around as were the grounds. The accompanying exhibitions which... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
Eva T
London, United Kingdom
very interesting to visit

very interesting to visit, nice overview of the current salt pits of the whole world. what a pity... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2016
Florian Z
Chardonne, Switzerland
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27 Apr 2017
“Interesting & Informative trip”
20 Aug 2016
“very interesting to visit”
25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
+33 3 81 54 45 00
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

The buildings were beautiful to walk around as were the grounds. The accompanying exhibitions which give a very necessary introduction to the importance of salt throughout history was also great. When we were there, a TinTin exhibition was also showing so it was a double...More

Thank Eva T
Reviewed 21 August 2016

very interesting to visit, nice overview of the current salt pits of the whole world. what a pity that the oven are gone in the saline. go there in summer time and there is a light show regarding history of the place at night.

Thank Florian Z
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We visited the Arc-et-Senans by chance while doing a weekend motorbike trip in Jura and now are happy for the coincidence. La Saline Royale complex is a masterpiece of architecture, very well preserved and maintained place with nice gardens and expositions. The night music and...More

1  Thank vytisj2016
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful site. If you love architecture, photography or gardens. Or come to one of the concerts. There is not much in English but they are very encouraging when you try to speak French.

1  Thank Anne C
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I visited the Royal Saltworks and found it well worth the trip. The site is impressive architecturally and historically important, as it was designed to be something of a model factory/village. For those interested in 18th century notions of efficiency and oversight, the "panopticon" style,...More

Thank LMOverby
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Wonderful visit to this Unesco Site. The history of the site spans 120 years around the french revolution, the socioeconomic context is very rich. There is indeed so much to see, we spent 1.5 hours with a tour guide, and probably another hour before and...More

Thank travellingsloths
Reviewed 2 October 2015

We spent at least two and a half hours at the Royal Salt works, there is so much to see. The audio guide and displays were packed full of information and we discovered so many things about salt! The buildings, designed by Ledoux, were beautifully...More

Thank tanch60
Reviewed 18 September 2015

My wife had often talked about visiting the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) so we took a couple of days off and drove down. To fully appreciate this unusual edifice, you should visit La Grande Saline - Musee du Sel - at Salins-les-Bain...More

Thank gramer999
Reviewed 2 June 2015

A guided tour will take you through most buildings and explain why the thinking of why the architect, Ledoux, built this place in this unusual layout. Our tour was in French, not sure about other languages. While there is no salt to see, nor any...More

1  Thank nicolaus m
Reviewed 28 May 2015

As we were in the area (and got free tickets), we visited the Royal Saltworks. The buildings are quite impressive and architects will be delighted. Otherwise, the expositions are ok but not great.

Thank HappyTravels62014
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