Belfort Travel Guide

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Belfort Things to Do

  • On the Way

    From here its the street to castle of citadelle... And walking around in this street, we can enjoy many old houses and view.

  • La Citadelle Belfort

    The citadel has protected this important route since the 17th century, with the fortifications improved by Vauban in the 17th century. A visit inside the fortress is a good way to understand the structure and the strength of the defences, which are extremely substantial, while it is in aerial photos that you can best see the characteristic...


    The Porte de Brisach (1687-1703) is an entrance through the fortifications which grants access to the heart of Old Town; it was designed by Vauban in 1687.The section above the door of the Porte de Brisach is embellished with a central medallion bearing three fleur-de-lis bordered by flags and trophies. The date 1687 is inscribed above it. The...

  • THE "Quand-même" STATUE

    The "Quand-Même" statue located right in front of St Christopher's Cathedral was sculpted by Antonin Mercié (1845-1916).The artist portrayed an Alsatian woman in traditional clothing; one of her hands supports a fallen man while the other brandishes his rifle as she turns toward the authors of such misfortune.The base of the sculpture features the...

  • Lion of Belfort

    The Lion of Belfort is a sculpture by Frédéric Bartholdi, architect of the Statue of Liberty in New York, located in Belfort, France. It was finished in 1880 and is entirely made of pink sandstone. The blocs it is made of were individually sculpted then moved under Belfort castle to be assembled. The sculpture is 22 meters long and 11 meters high...

  • La Citadelle

    The Citadelle you see today was built on the location of the 13th-century castle from 1637 on. Ingeneer Vauban also took place in the construction, but today's appearance of the fortress comes from the 19th-century renovation works.In the barracks you can visit the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire.From the citadel, you can enjoy a beautiful panorama over...

  • The city of the Lion

    The main attraction of Belfort is the Lion sculptured by Auguste Bartholdi, the author of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The sculpture has become increasingly famous, so that Belfort is now known as "La Cité du Lion".The project was proposed in 1878 and the statue was inaugurated on 29 August 1880, but without an official ceremony due to...

  • St Christopher's Cathedral

    The cathedral was built as a church between 1727 and 1750 by the businessman Henri Schuller.It was built of red sandstone excavated from the quarry at Offremont, three kilometres from Belfort.Although the church opened for worship in 1750, the north tower was not completed until 1845.It contains an organ by the organ-builder Joseph Valtrin,...

  • Tank

    I find this tank around the castle before enter to the castle... and my imagine play in my mind about this tank when world war.... peace...


Belfort Hotels

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  • Hotel Boreal

    2 rue du Comte-de-la-Suze, Belfort, 90000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Kyriad Belfort

    55 bis faubourg de Monbeliard, (Formerly Comfort Inn), Belfort, Franche-Comte, 90000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Ibis Montbeliard

    Rue du Jura Le Pied des Gouttes, Montbeliard, Franche-Comte, 25200, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Belfort Local Customs

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo

    by Mikebond Written Apr 18, 2009

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    Many stories exist about the famous Lion. It is said to be hollow and a subway starting from its entrails may connect it to the castle.
    Another rumor said that Bartholdi, who died on 5 October 1904, would have committed suicide because he had forgot to sculptur the lion's tongue. This is clearly false, since the sculptor died much after the statue was built; moreover, the lion's posture doesn't let you see its tongue!
    This photo comes from a scanned slide taken in 1993, which explains why it is a bit spoilt. My mother and I are in the yellow part...

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Belfort Off The Beaten Path

  • Snow....

    When I was on Ballon d'Alsace, the snow not so thick yet, so I can't ski... so what I did? Just... jump and jump... how tall I can jump on the snow... :)

  • Ballon d' Alsace

    This major national site is the highest summit in the Southern Vosges mountains (1,247 m altitude). The panoramic view is breathtaking and Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) has even its statue on top. It is located at the cross-roads of three regions (Lorraine, Franche-Comte, Alsace) and four departments (Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saone, Belfort...

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