Capital of the département, the city of Belfort is the symbol of heroic resistance. Its strength of character prevented the area from being annexed by Germany and enabled it to develop intensely. The Territoire de Belfort was not officially recognised until 1922, after lengthy debates.
Today, the city holds examples of its heroic past in store for visitors, including the Vauban citadel built between 1687 and 1703 and the Lion, the département's emblem, a sculpture dating from 1875-79 by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty. This 22 metre-long and 11 metre-high monument is located below the citadel. The city also boasts beautiful squares and cafés.
A turbulent history will rise Territory Belfort the signing of the Frankfurt treaty after the war of 1870. Alsace and Lorraine became French once again in 1918, but the Territory Belfort does not join the Rhine and officially became the 90th french department in 1922, reporting from the Franche-Comte.
Territory Belfort, located between the Vosges and Jura, near the Alsace, Switzerland and Germany, that is:
A rich heritage of the city of Belfort: the Lion, its citadel, its old town, its audio-guided tour in the heart of the fortifications, fortified his belt...
Exceptional natural sites: the massif of the Ballon d'Alsace, the natural site Malsaucy....
Gastronomy mixing culinary traditions Franc Comtois and Alsatian.
Unforgettable events and international reputation: Eurockéennes Belfort of the International University Music Festival (FIMU)...
Things to see and do
Belfort visit and discover:
The citadel guarded by the famous Lion overlooking the old town of Belfort to typical and picturesque streets.
The Grand underground, self-guided trail in the heart of the fortress. Discover the history Belfort!
Museums open all year: Museum of History, Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Modern Art.
The door of Breisach, the only preserved gate of the fortifications.
St. Christopher's Cathedral whose organs are classified historic monument.
The tower of the Miotte, symbolic monument of Belfort whose origin remains uncertain.
Its many parks and gardens (Belfort is ranked 4 flowers to the National Council of Cities and Villages in bloom): the rose garden, the square Lechten, the François Mitterrand park, the square of remembrance...
Its tourist train that takes you into the old town of Belfort and drive you to the citadel of Belfort.
Eurockéennes of Belfort: the first weekend in July. outdoor rock festival where music is in full swing for three days on the Malsaucy site.
The International University Music Festival: Whit weekend. 3 days of music, 250 free concerts and nearly 2 500 musicians from around the world in the heart of the old town of Belfort.
The Flea Market Belfort: little paradise for bargain hunters: the biggest flea market in eastern France, the first Sunday of each month from March to December in the heart of the old town.
The Film Festival Interviews: late November - early December. Created in 1986 by Janine Bazin, the festival is the rendezvous bold cinematography combines a program of works that have shaped the history of cinema, a competition first, second and third films in writing this.
Visits, leisure and activities nearby
Territory Belfort is:
Hiking with 660 km of marked trails, two hiking trails large: the GR5 and GR7.
The hike forts to discover the fortified belt Belfort.
Many cycling routes.
Bike routes whose Eurovélo6 which crosses the department and Francovélo Belfort which connects to Switzerland.
Two nautical bases: leisure boating and Malsaucy, home to the House Environment and Water base of the pond Forges.
Two acrobranches, paragliding, golf, hot air balloon rides.