Today : 9am - 6pm

Saline royale d'Arc-et-Senans

UNESCO heritage unique in the World


Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1982, the Saline royale of Arc-et-Senans is a former factory for the production of salt, built at the instigation of King Louis XV, between 1775 and 1779. Masterpiece of the visionary architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, it is a testimony and a rare heritage in the history of industrial architecture.

In the heart of a 13-hectare park, live an unforgettable experience… Discover an immersive Center of Lights, permanent and temporary exhibitions, 30 tree-lined gardens and events to live intensely all year.

Getting to the Saline royale

Preparing your visit

Opening times
Fench, English, German
Free parking
Partial accessibility top people with disabilities
Opening times


  • November to March: 10am/12pm ; 2pm/5pm
  • April, May, June, September and October: 9am/6pm
  • July and August: 9am/7pm
  • Closed on 25/12 and 01/01

The site is partially accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Dogs are permitted on leads on the premises of the Saline royale but arenot allowed inside the buildings.



  • Adult: €14
  • Youths from 16 to 25 years: €10.50
  • Children from 6 to 15 years: €9
  • Children under the age of 6: free
  • Students, job seekers, people on income support, people with reduced mobility: €10.50
  • Family rate (2 adults + 2 children between 6 and 15): €41
  • Concessions (ask for information): €12.50
  • Yearly subscription from €27

Including rental of the Histopad digital tablet as part of the new visitor trail



EPCC Saline Royale
Grande rue, 25610 Arc et Senans


Besançon (35km), Dole (30km)


  • TER Arc et Senans
  • TGV direct from Paris 2 hours 20, from Lausanne 1 hour 30, TER direct from Lyon 2 hours 20
    Go to the SNCF website


Mulhouse-Basel, Geneva, Dôle/Tavaux and Lyon


A36 exit Gendrey/Saline royale; A39 exit Poligny

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Discover the Saline royale

A UNESCO World Heritage

A UNESCO World Heritage

The Saline royale of Arc-et-Senans was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982. It is the masterpiece of Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806), a visionary architect of the Age of Enlightenment.



The Saline royale houses four permanent exhibitions that can be visited all year: the Claude Nicolas Ledoux Museum, Salt Stories, The invention of world heritage and Site Memories, and temporary exhibitions.



Today, the Saline royale is being reinvented around Claude Nicolas Ledoux’s City of Chaux project: Un Cercle immense.

A new digital trail : augmented 180°

A new digital trail : augmented 180°

The Saline royale offers a new digital trail so that visitors, particularly families, can enjoy an enriched and fun tour of the heritage site.  Many tools are available to discover the rich history of the Saltworks and its designer: the Histopad tablet takes visitors on a journey through history thanks to augmented reality.


Cultural season

5 MAY - 5 NOVEMBER Temporary animations
Posters, photographs, press cartoons, humor, watercolours, sculptures... discover 200 works by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon
21 > 22cOCTOBER 2023 Family
Like every year, the Royal Saltworks offers a Plant Fair. Many exhibitors will offer for sale shrubs, fruit trees, hardy perennials and old roses, flower bulbs and rhizomes ...

Activities of the Saline royale



Experience a moment out of time by staying in one of the 31 listed rooms in the 3-star Saline Royale hotel.



The temporary gardens of the traditional Festival are being transformed into

Treat yourself to a break during your visit. Regional tastes and flavours can be enjoyed on the terrace or inside, amidst exceptional décor.

Congress centre / Private events

Congress centre / Private events

The Saline royale is also a congress centre with 10 meeting rooms accommodating from 10 to 900 people for corporate seminars and private events.

Bookshop / Gift shop

Bookshop / Gift shop

A bookshop-gift shop proposes over 5,000 books and objects in connection with architecture, the history of salt, gardens and the 18th century.

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Support the Saline royale

Bring to life a unique monument that is now open to everyone, support the conservation of UNESCO world heritage and take part in passing it on to future generations.

Contribute to the development of ambitious projects that promote our region, generate sustainable employment and support diversity and research into solutions to climate issues.