Brian?on is in the department of Hautes Alpes in Southern France. It is the highest city in the European Union at 1,326 metres elevation.
Brian?on?s historical centre was built by Vauban as a strong fort, to defend the city against the Austrian invasion of the 17th century. One of Brian?on?s charms is its steep and narrow streets. Brian?on is at the foot of the Col de Montgen?vre, which gives access to Turin. This access means that over the course of history, many other fortifications have been built.
Fort Janus, for example, is an ouvrage consisting of one entry block, two artillery blocks, two infantry blocks, a combination block and two observation blocks. It is placed at an altitude of 2,540 meters.
Some other sites that are worth a visit in Brian?on are the parish church, which has two towers and was built in the early 18th century and the Pont D?Asfeld, built in 1734. This bridge forms an arch of 40 metres span and crosses the Durance at a height of 56 metres. The Parc National des Escrins is also close to Brian?on and certainly worth a visit.
Many buildings in Brian?on are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, making it a very popular area to visit for historical enthusiasts.
Brian?on?s population triples in the winter, when many tourists flock to the town that is the base and lowest altitude station of the Serre Chevalier ski resort. It is famous for its beginner pistes, that can be accessed by even someone that has never skied before, whilst remaining exciting for more advanced skiers.
There are three airports at driving distance (less than 2 hours? drive) from Brian?on, such as Turin Airport. Although it is possible to reach Brian?on by various forms of public transportation, people are generally advised to use their own transport, particularly during winter months when snow and ice can make public transport very unreliable. www.tripindicator.com would be happy to compare the different car hire providers for you, such as Car Hire 3000, Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, Opodo, Ebookers and Hertz, within seconds; showing you what types of vehicles are available for you, at what price, and from which company.