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

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Address: 25610 Arc-et-Senans, France
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+33 3 81 54 45 00

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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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Eva T
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 treat! Works of Herge, showed his development from a young age and how his iconic... More 

Thank Eva T
Chardonne, Switzerland
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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
Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 light show Lux Salina, where it looked like all town population is performing, was a... More 

1 Thank vytisj2016
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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
Columbia, Missouri
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705 reviews
199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
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, allowing the manager to oversee virtually all activity is something to see. Nice, detailed audioguide;... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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 after visiting the grounds and the temporary exhibit. You must have see the exhibit on... More 

Thank travellingsloths
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 restored and the whole layout is quite stunning. The different small gardens around the site... More 

Thank tanch60
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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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 a few kilometres away first because the salt-saturated waters were pumped from there (via hollow... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 of the equipment used to process it at the time, the place still gives you... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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45 reviews
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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.

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