Belfort Travel Guide

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Belfort Things to Do


    I went for a walk around the town square and found some nice buildings with plenty of outdoor seating. The most impressive building for me was the Hotel De Ville (Town Hall) which dates from 1721-1724. On the ground floor is "Salle Kléber," typical of French art in the second half of the 18C. On the first floor is the trophy room and paintings of...


    The Lion of Belfort is what else I wanted to see only I was too early for it to be open. This monumental sculpture was created by Frédéric Bartholdi, who also sculptered the Statue of Liberty in New York.The idea of the Monument came about as a way of recognizing the victims of the siege between 1870 - 71.From 3 November 1870 to 13 February 1871,...


    The La Porte de Brisach (1687-1703) was actually one of two entrances to access inside the walls of the citadel and reach the old town, once protected by high walls. The other door, called the "Gateway to France" was destroyed in 1892. Left standing is the last architectural testimony of the original access to the citadel. The door is massive in...


    One of my reasons for coming to Belfort was to see the well preserved citadel, also known as the Citadel of Liberty, one of the most imposing of all Vauban's designs. It was Vauban's defensive system that allowed the soldiers within the edifice to hold off a 103-day siege in 1870.The Citadel and fortifications are accessible free of charge. The...

  • 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,...


Belfort Hotels

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  • Atria Novotel Belfort Centre

    Avenue de l'Esperance, Belfort, Franche-Comte, 90000, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Restaurant Les Capucins

    20 Faubourg de Montbeliard, Belfort, 90000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Boreal

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    Legends about the Lion

    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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  • 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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