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A hotel in Briançon is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Briançon hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Briançon are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Briançon hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Briançon hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Briançon have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Briançon
An upscale full service hotel facility in Briançon that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Briançon hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Briançon
Full service Briançon hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Briançon
Boutique hotels of Briançon are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Briançon boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Briançon may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Briançon
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Briançon travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Briançon focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Briançon
Small to medium-sized Briançon hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Briançon traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Briançon hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Briançon
A bed and breakfast in Briançon is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Briançon bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Briançon B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Briançon
Briançon hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Briançon hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Briançon
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Briançon hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Briançon lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Briançon
Briançon timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Briançon often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Briançon on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Briançon
A Briançon motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Briançon for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Briançon motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Subprefecture and commune
A view of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and Saint-Nicolas
A view of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and Saint-Nicolas
Coat of arms of Briançon
Coat of arms
Briançon is located in France
Coordinates:  / 44.8964; 6.6356  / 44.8964; 6.6356
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Hautes-Alpes
Arrondissement Briançon
Canton Briançon-1 and 2
Intercommunality Briançon
• Mayor (2009–2014) Gérard Fromm
Area 28.07 km (10.84 sq mi)
Population (2008) 11,645
• Density 410/km (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 05023 /05100
Elevation 1,167–2,540 m (3,829–8,333 ft)

French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Briançon (French pronunciation: ​[bʁi.jɑ̃.sɔ̃]) a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

At an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet) it is the highest city in France, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briançon's most recent population estimate is 11,645.

Briançon is built on a plateau centred on the confluence of the Durance and the Guisane rivers.

Briançon: History

Briançon was the Brigantium of the Romans and formed part of the kingdom of King Cottius. Brigantium was marked as the first place in Gallia after Alpis Cottia (Mont Genèvre). At Brigantium the road branched, to the west through Grenoble to Vienna (modern Vienne), on the Rhone; to the south through Ebrodunum (modern Embrun), to Vapincum (modern Gap). Both the Antonine Itinerary and the Table give the route from Brigantium to Vapincum. The Table places Brigantium 6 M.P. from Alpis Cottia. Strabo mentions the village Brigantium, and on a road to Alpis Cottia, but his words are obscure. Ptolemy mentions Brigantium as within the limits of the Segusini, or people of Segusio (modern Susa), in Piedmont; but it seems, as D'Anville observes, to be beyond the natural limits of the Segusini. Walckenaer (vol. i. p. 540) justifies Ptolemy in this matter by supposing that he follows a description of Italy made before the new divisions of Augustus, which we know from Pliny. Walckenaer also supports his justification of Ptolemy by the Jerusalem Itinerary, which makes the Alpes Cottiae commence at Rama (near modern La Roche-de-Rame) between Embrun and Briançon.

In the 1040s it came into the hands of the counts of Albon (later dauphins of the Viennois) and thenceforth shared the fate of the Dauphiné. The Briançonnais included not merely the upper valley of the Durance (with those of its affluents, the Gyronde and the Guil), but also the valley of the Dora Riparia (Césanne, Oulx, Bardonnèche and Exilles), and that of the Chisone (Fénestrelles, Pérouse, Pragelas)-these glens all lying on the eastern slope of the chain of the Alps. But by the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) all these valleys were handed over to Savoy in exchange for that of Barcelonnette, on the west slope of the Alps. In 1815 Briançon successfully withstood a siege of three months at the hands of the Allies, a feat which is commemorated by an inscription on one of its gates, Le passé répond de l'avenir.

Briançon: Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,023 -
1800 2,666 −11.8%
1806 2,945 +10.5%
1821 2,835 −3.7%
1831 2,939 +3.7%
1836 3,455 +17.6%
1841 4,301 +24.5%
1846 4,309 +0.2%
1851 4,439 +3.0%
1856 4,601 +3.6%
1861 4,510 −2.0%
1866 3,579 −20.6%
1872 4,169 +16.5%
1876 4,491 +7.7%
1881 5,439 +21.1%
1886 5,777 +6.2%
1891 6,580 +13.9%
1896 7,177 +9.1%
1901 7,426 +3.5%
1906 7,524 +1.3%
1911 7,888 +4.8%
1921 5,013 −36.4%
1926 5,636 +12.4%
1931 6,822 +21.0%
1936 7,543 +10.6%
1946 6,671 −11.6%
1954 8,274 +24.0%
1962 7,570 −8.5%
1968 8,215 +8.5%
1975 9,489 +15.5%
1982 9,710 +2.3%
1990 11,041 +13.7%
1999 10,729 −2.8%
2006 11,542 +7.6%

Briançon: Sights

The citadel of Briançon.

The historical centre is a strongly fortified town, built by Vauban to defend the region from Austrians in the 17th century. Its streets are very steep and narrow, though picturesque. Briançon lies at the foot of the descent from the Col de Montgenèvre, giving access to Turin, so a great number of other fortifications have been constructed on the surrounding heights, especially towards the east. The Fort Janus is no less than 1,200 m. above the town.

The parish church, with its two towers, was built 1703–1726, and occupies a very conspicuous position.

The Pont d'Asfeld, east of the town, was built in 1734, and forms an arch of 40 m span, thrown at a height of 56 m across the Durance.

The modern town extends in the plain at the southwest foot of the plateau on which the old town is built and forms the suburb of Ste Catherine.

Briançon is close to the Parc National des Ecrins and the Vallée de la Clarée.

On 8 July 2008, several buildings of Briançon were classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group. These buildings are: the city walls, Redoute des Salettes, Fort des Trois-Têtes, Fort du Randouillet, ouvrage de la communication Y and the Asfeld Bridge. Along with Briançon, 11 other sites of fortified buildings in France were classified. Among them is the place-forte of Mont-Dauphin, also in the Hautes-Alpes department. These pieces of art were designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633–1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV.

Briançon: Personalities

The following people were either born in Briançon or lived there for a significant portion of their lives.

  • Starting with Jacques Challiol, members of the Challiol family served as the Vice Bailiffs of the Briançonnais region for more than 400 years.
  • Oronce Fine (1494–1555), mathematician and cartographer
  • Augustin Chenu (1833-1875), painter
  • Emilie Carles (1900–1979), author
  • Jules Melquiond (born 1941), Alpine ski racer
  • Henry Bréchu (born 1947), Alpine ski racer
  • Luc Alphand (born 1965), Alpine ski racer
  • Benjamin Melquiond (born 1975), Alpine ski racer
  • Nicolas Bonnet (born 1984), ski mountaineer and runner.
  • Laure Barthélémy (born 1988), cross-country skier.
  • Richard Jouve (born 1994), cross-country skier.

Briançon: International relations

Briançon: Twin towns – Sister cities

Briançon is twinned with:

  • Germany Rosenheim, Germany
  • Italy Susa, Italy

Briançon: Sport

Briançon: Cycling

Briançon has often hosted starts and finishes of stages of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Dauphiné Libéré

As Briançon has regularly featured as a stage town in the Tour de France, it is a popular base for cyclists. Since 1947, the town has been the start point for a stage of the Tour 22 times, and has also been a stage finish 22 times.

In 2007, the town was the finish of the 159.5 km (99.1 mi) stage 9 on 17 July from Val-d'Isère crossing the Col de l'Iseran, the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Galibier with a 37 km (23 mi) downhill finish to Briançon.

Briançon: Ice hockey

The Diables Rouges de Briançon play in the Ligue Magnus, the French top league.

Briançon: Kayaking

Briançon is situated around the confluence of the Durance river and its tributary the Guisane which are fed with snow melt in the Spring. Tourists come from around Europe to kayak and raft on the resultant whitewater rivers and their tributaries, including the Onde, the Gyronde, the Guil, the Rabioux, the Ubaye and others; often basing themselves in Briançon.

The 'Prorel Cable Car' goes to the summit of mt. Prorel.

Popular white water rivers in the Alps are mainly medium volume glacier-fed rivers with long continuous rapids and few big drops. The season is short (two or three months in early summer when the snow and glaciers are melting) but the whitewater is reliable during this period.

Briançon: Skiing

Briançon is the base and lowest altitude station of the large Serre Chevalier ski resort. Most of the town's accommodation is used exclusively in winter, the population tripling during that period.

Briançon: See also

  • Communes of the Hautes-Alpes department

Briançon: References

  1. Strabo, iv.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Briançon". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  • About the city of Briançon (in French), (in German)
  • Tourist office website (in French)
  • Unofficial town website (in French)
  • Webpage about the fortifications
  • Briançon dans le Tour de France
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