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  • 1 Lion de Belfort Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Citadelle F - 90000 Belfort

    This pharaonic lion, which takes its inspiration from Egyptian statues and is set against the rock 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 Vosge..

  • 2 Camp retranché Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Vieille ville F - 90000 Belfort

    Dominating the Old Town, the imposing Vosges red sandstone castle was built in the 12th C but has been renovated several times, including by Vauban in the 17th C, then by Generals Lecourbe and Haxo. From its terrace, there is a wonderful view over Al..

  • 3 Porte de Brisach Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Grande-Fontaine F - 90000 Belfort

    Erected by Vauban in 1687, this gate has a large columned pediment. Marked with Louis XIV's coat of arms (a Sun with the motto «Nec pluribus impar» above), the gate shows the double ring of fortifications designed by Vauban.

  • 4 Old town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 90000 Belfort

    Belfort broke beyond its walls in the late 19th C. The old austere buildings of the garrison town have pretty façades with bare stone walls showing blue-green Colmar ash, rosewood and Albi ochre.

  • 5 Cabinet d'un amateur Interesting

    Museums and art

    8 r. de Mulhouse F - 90000 Belfort

    Maurice Jardot was linked with the famous art merchant Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. His collection is of course exceptional and he left 110 paintings by modern artists such as Picasso, Léger and Braque to the town of Belfort. A must-see collection.

  • 6 Saint Christophe Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Rue du Général-Roussel F - 90000 Belfort

    Built in the 18C, the cathedral has a harmonious style inside and out. The gilded ironwork gate around the chancel is especially noteworthy (it was inspired by the place Stanislas in Nancy), as is the organ, with its gilded wood case.

  • 7 Fort du Salbert

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D4 F - 90000 Belfort

    Via a winding forest road, you reach the Fort du Salbert. Its terrace (200 metres to the left) offers a wonderful panoramic view of Belfort, the Swiss Alps and the Ballon d'Alsace (car park near the radio tower).

  • 8 Statue Quand même

    Museums and art

    pl. d'Armes F - 90000 Belfort

    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 F - 90000 Belfort

    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 F - 90000 Belfort

    The salle Kléber on the ground floor is typical of this classical town hall. On the first floor, in the Salle d'Honneur, tables relate the greatest hours of local history.

  • 11 Monument des Trois Sièges

    Museums and art

    Place de la République F - 90000 Belfort

    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 Right bank districts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l'As-de-Carreau F - 90000 Belfort

    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 Mural

    Museums and art

    Rue de l'As-de-Carreau F - 90000 Belfort

    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.

  • 14 Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

    Museums and art

    8 Citadelle de Belfort F - 90000 Belfort

    Paintings (Gustave Doré, Maximilien Luce, Dürer), sculptures, photographs, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian archaeological finds, recent military history including the fortifications of Vauban and the resistance of Colonel Denfert-Rochereau make up the co..

  • 15 Hauts de Belfort

    Nature and gardens

    rte e de Brisach F - 90000 Belfort

    These paths offer panoramic views of the Vosges. From one, a pigeon loft contains some examples of messages sent by carrier pigeons. Beyond that, you will reach the Fort de la Miotte, the scene of many military encounters between 1724 and 1940.

  • 16 Tour de la Miotte

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N83 F - 90000 Belfort

    Dominating the Forges Pond, this 15th C tower was attacked on many occasions. But the people of Belfort are hardy - every time, the tower was rebuilt and it stands watch over the town today.

  • 17 Étang des Forges

    Nature and gardens

    D22 F - 90000 Belfort

    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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