Beutal is a commune in the French department Doubs in the Franche -Comté.


Beutal is located on 335 m, approximately 13 km west-southwest of the town of Montbéliard (air line). The village is located in a small valley north of Doubstals, in the hill country that stretches between the valleys of Doubs and Ognon.

The area of ​​5.78 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the north Doubstals. The central part of the area is occupied by a hollow which, however, no above-ground rivers shows because rainwater seeps into the karst underground. This valley is flanked on the west by the height of the Bois de la Chaille (425 m). To the north- east, the municipality area extends across the valleys of Beutal and Bretigney up on the adjacent plateaus of Kalkhochfläche that are on average 400 m. They are partly consisted of meadow and arable land, part of the forest. With 469 m is achieved at Mont Truchot the highest elevation of Beutal.

To Beutal the hamlet of La Guinguette (350 m) is in the valley floor east of Mont de Bellevoie. Neighboring communities of Beutal are Bretigney and Montenois in the north, Lougres in the east, Longevelle -sur -Doubs and La Prétière in the south and Médière and Faimbe in the West.


Is first mentioned in the year 1196 Beutal in the form Bustal ( 1206 Buschtal ) as property of the church Saint- Maimboeuf in Montbeliard. The municipal area also had the rule Châtelot and other gentlemen land; However, the main part of the village belonged since the Middle Ages to the Counts of Montbéliard, the 1565, the Reformation introduced. With the occupation of that county came Beutal 1793 final in French hands. Today, the village is part of the municipal association Communauté de communes des Trois Cantons.


The Reformed Church of Beutal was built in 1768.


With 278 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Beutal one of the small communities of the department of Doubs. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century ( in 1886 232 people were still counted ), was from 1960 to 1980 again recorded a continuous population growth. Since then, there have been only minor fluctuations.

Economy and infrastructure

Beutal was until well into the 20th century a predominantly by agriculture (crops, orchards and livestock ) and forestry embossed village. In addition, there are today some of the local small business enterprises. Meanwhile, the village has also changed into a residential community. Many workers are therefore commuters who engage in the larger towns in the vicinity of their work.

The village is located off the major thoroughfares on a secondary road that leads from Longevelle -sur -Doubs by Onan. The nearest links to the A36 motorway is located at a distance of about 14 km. Another road connection with Bretigney.