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  • 1 Lion de Belfort Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    allée du Souvenir-Français

    This pharaonic lion (inspired by Egyptian statues) set against the rockface, below the barracks built by General Haxo, was sculpted by Bartholdi between 1875 and 1880 and erected on the site piece by piece. Carved from red Vosges sandstone, it symbol..

  • 2 Belfort Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vieille ville

    Dominating the old town, the imposing red Vosges sandstone castle was constructed in the 12C but remodelled several times, most notably by Vauban in the 17C, then by Generals Lecourbe and Haxo. In the Great Underground Hall, video projections relate ..

  • 3 Porte de Brisach Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Grande-Fontaine

    Built by Vauban in 1687, this gate has a large columned pediment and unabashedly brandishes its fleur-de-lys coat of arms with a sun above it and Louis XIV's famous motto Nec pluribus impar. From the promenade des courtines, you can see the double ri..

  • 4 Mural by Ernest Pignon-Ernest Interesting

    Museums and art

    Rue de l’As-de-Carreau

    Painted on the walls of a U-shaped building, this immense mural by Ernest Pignon-Ernest shows 47 men and women representing the worlds of science and the arts, including Goethe, Einstein, Rimbaud, and Picasso.

  • 5 Museum of Modern Art - Maurice Jardot Donation Interesting

    Museums and art

    8 r. de Mulhouse

    Maurice Jardot was linked with the famous art merchant Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. He bequeathed an exceptional collection to the town of Belfort in 1997 - around 100 paintings by great modern painters, such as Picasso, Léger and Braque. This was expand..

  • 6 Belfort Old town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place d’Armes

    During major works, Vauban pushed back the course of the river, La Savoureuse, to increase the surface area of the town, which he enclosed in a pentagon of fortifications. In the late 19C, when Belfort experienced a major influx of arrivals from Alsa..

  • 7 Fort du Salbert

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D 4

    Via a winding forest road, you reach the Fort du Salbert. Its terrace (200m to the left) offers a wonderful panoramic view over the Belfort Gap (Trouée de Belfort), the Swiss Alps, the Ballon d'Alsace and the surrounding peaks (viewpoint tables).

  • 8 Statue Quand même

    Museums and art

    Place d’Armes

    This statue, erected in 1884 by Mercié, commemorates the siege of 1870-1871 where Colonel Denfert-Rochereau was victorious.

  • 9 Place de la Grande-Fontaine

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Grande-Fontaine

    The current great fountain standing in the middle of this square dates back to 1860.

  • 10 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes

    The town hall dates from 1721-1724. The beautiful "Salle Kléber" on the ground floor is typical of French art in the second half of the 18C. On the first floor, in the trophy room, paintings relate the finest hours of local history.

  • 11 Monument des Trois Sièges

    Museums and art

    Place de la République

    This work by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), who created the famous Statue of Liberty, represents the town of Belfort with its three great defenders - Legrand, who defended it in 1814, Lecourbe, in 1815 and Denfert-Rochereau, in 1870. It stan..

  • 12 Belfort's Right Bank neighbourhoods

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l’As-de-Carreau

    These pedestrianised and shopping quartiers are modern and bustling places developed in the '70s on the right bank of the Savoureuse, between Les 4 As and Faubourg de France.

  • 13 Belfort History Museum

    Museums and art

    Citadelle de Belfort

    This museum has moved into barracks that were installed by General Haxo in 1826. The museum presents artefacts from the Neolithic Period that were found in the Grotte de Cravanche during construction of Fort du Salbert, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian ar..

  • 14 Hauts de Belfort

    Nature and gardens

    route e de Brisach

    A hiking trail in the Hauts de Belfort, departing from the citadel, offers panoramic views of the Vosges. En route, you come to the Tour de la Miotte, the scene of many military encounters between 1724 and 1940.

  • 15 Tour de la Miotte

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 83

    Looking out over the waters of the Étang des Forges and the town, this 15C tower was attacked on many occasions. Rebuilt in 1947, it has stood watch here for centuries.

  • 16 Étang des Forges

    Nature and gardens

    D 22

    There is a path running around the Forges pond, with the Tour de la Miotte standing above it. Among the reed marsh by the water's edge, there is a board describing the area's ecosystem and its inhabitant grebes, coots and others.

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