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Montbéliard - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Doubs
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As illustrated by its period houses and buildings, the City of Art and History of Montbéliard boasts beautiful architectural heritage. The places of interest there include:

  • The castle of the dukes of Wurtemberg, flanked by two Renaissance towers, which is home to a museum dedicated to archaeology, history and natural history;
  • The Saint-Pierre square and its monuments, such as the Saint-Martin temple dating from the beginning of the 17th century (oldest reformed church in France), the town hall, the Forstner house, and the Beurnier-Rossel mansion and its Art and History museum;
  • The very well-preserved covered market hall dating from the 16th century and the pierre à poissons, a stone slab on which fish used to be sold on market days;
  • The pedestrian streets lined with colourfully-fronted houses...

In Sochaux, the factories of the famous French car manufacturer Peugeot, as well as the Peugeot Adventure museum, can be visited.

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Montbéliard

Montbéliard, the City of Princes, is a very beautiful city of Art and History. It spreads out between the citadel of Montbéliard, city gardens built in 1930, La Chiffogne dating from 1955 to 1960, Petite-Hollande built from 1965 and the Grands-Jardins. The commune was annexed to France only belatedly. Originally part of Germany and of Protestant denomination, the town became French only in 1793. As it is located on the Rhine-Rhone axis, it changes several times of department before being permanently attached to the Doubs in 1816. Montbéliard preserves in its history a remarkable architectural heritage having spent more than eight centuries under the governance of the Dukes of Württemberg. The city also benefits from an exceptional natural environment which makes it easy to move from the urbanized to the gentle countryside. The greenery is very present in the heart of the town with many parks. The Allan and the Lizaine cross the territory bringing the necessary touch of water. Your visit will not be complete without a visit to the table of Montbéliard where you will taste the delicious eponymous sausage with a delicately smoky taste.

Things to see and do

In a city of Art and History like Montbéliard, there are many sites to see. Fortunately, Montbéliard has thought of everything and offers you to follow the Heinrich Schickhardt urban trail in order to discover the important sites of the city. The tour begins with the castle of the Dukes of Württemberg. Now a museum with collections of natural history, fine arts and contemporary art, you can also visit the historical circuit. A little further, the hotel du Bailly was invested by the Conservatory of Music. The walk continues through the Beurnier-Rossel Museum. This old mansion reveals a collection of objects that will allow you to discover the history of the city. Facing him, the temple of Saint Martin, important building symbol of the Reformation. Built in 1604, it is Tuscan influence and is the pride of Montbéliard. Going further, you will discover the Science Pavilion. Built in a futuristic style in the middle of a park, it offers exhibitions of high quality often supplemented by entertaining activities. Between the canal and the river stands the park Near Rose. A space of 10 hectares brings together more than 100 plant species, a poplar plantation, a labyrinth vegetal and a park playful and sporty. It also hosts exhibitions dedicated to techniques and sciences.

Like all major cities, you will find all the necessary equipment to practice your favorite sports. And culture, cinemas and theaters will animate your evenings between movies, concerts and theaters.

Places of interest

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Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

At the beginning of the festivities not to be missed, the carnival of Montbéliard arrives in April. It is more than 800 costumed festival-goers who invest the streets of the city for colorful parades in a festive atmosphere.

In September, the medieval festival is in full swing. Prepare your best clothes to follow in the footsteps of the past in a convivial and warm atmosphere. Costumes from another era and the words of another time fell on the place where the merchants' shops offer both roasting geese and spectacles of learned dogs.

The Four Seasons Festival is designed to make culture accessible to as many people as possible. It is therefore a succession of spectacles at a really low price that succeed one another for the delight of the whole family.

At the beginning of the summer season, the Festival des Nez Rouges opens the ball. This event, which takes place every other year, welcomes the clowns who then invest the streets of the city for a wave of good humor.

Les Estivales du Prés la Rose welcome performances throughout the summer.

In August, the festival of Les Mômes sets the tone. Entertainment activities and shows are offered to children from 2 to 13 years old.

The Urban Session festival allows street performers to express themselves during the month of October. Dances, workshops and shows are on the program of this 100% street art festival.

At Christmas, Montbéliard becomes truly unique. The city hosts a splendid Christmas market, one of the most beautiful in France, but also adorned with multiple lights. The whole city is lit up in a magical enchantment while Santa Claus arrives. Each year, the illuminations are different which makes it its particularity. The Christmas market is also the occasion to see the Diairi, this folk group of Montbéliard.

In June, the flea market of the Miches park opens its doors. There are more than 200 exhibitors spread over 1,400 meters waiting for you.

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Castle of Montbéliard
Castle of Montbéliard
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Ranking 4 well deserved flowers (© J.E)
Ranking 4 well deserved flowers (© J.E)
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View on Montbéliard
View on Montbéliard
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Castle of Montbéliard
Castle of Montbéliard
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Montbéliard
Montbéliard
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View on Montbéliard
View on Montbéliard
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View on Montbéliard
View on Montbéliard
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View on Montbéliard
View on Montbéliard
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Park
Park
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Montbéliard, the Allan River and the Bermont Bridge (© J.E)
Montbéliard, the Allan River and the Bermont Bridge (© J.E)
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Halles
Halles
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Old Hospital
Old Hospital
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Temple of Saint Martin
Temple of Saint Martin
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Montbéliard
Montbéliard
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View on Montbéliard
View on Montbéliard
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Christmas lights
Christmas lights
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Christmas lights
Christmas lights
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Christmas lights
Christmas lights
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Village of the slide - Skating rink
Village of the slide - Skating rink
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Christmas lights
Christmas lights
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Parade of the Light (Saint Lucia)
Parade of the Light (Saint Lucia)
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Medieval festival - Fire-eater
Medieval festival - Fire-eater
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Medieval festival 2015 - The learned geese (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival 2015 - The learned geese (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival 2015 - The medieval encampment (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival 2015 - The medieval encampment (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival 2015 - The beggars (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival 2015 - The beggars (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival 2015 - The beggars (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival 2015 - The beggars (© Jean Espirat)
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The castle at dusk (© J.E)
The castle at dusk (© J.E)
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House Peugeot (© J.E)
House Peugeot (© J.E)
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Temple of Saint George (© J.E)
Temple of Saint George (© J.E)
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One of the yorbs of Montbéliard (© J.E)
One of the yorbs of Montbéliard (© J.E)
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Montbéliard, city classified 4 flowers (© J.E)
Montbéliard, city classified 4 flowers (© J.E)
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Bermont Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Bermont Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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The city under the snow (© Jean Espirat)
The city under the snow (© Jean Espirat)
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Another yorbe (© Jean Espirat)
Another yorbe (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint-Martin, the oldest Lutheran temple in France (© J.E)
Saint-Martin, the oldest Lutheran temple in France (© J.E)
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The halls and the fish stone (© Jean Espirat)
The halls and the fish stone (© Jean Espirat)
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Street of Belfort (© Jean Espirat)
Street of Belfort (© Jean Espirat)
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Former mansion (© Jean Espirat)
Former mansion (© Jean Espirat)
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Park with trees and flowers (© Jean Espirat)
Park with trees and flowers (© Jean Espirat)
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Central walkway of the park, in summer (© Jean Espirat)
Central walkway of the park, in summer (© Jean Espirat)
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Autumnal blossoming of the park (© Jean Espirat)
Autumnal blossoming of the park (© Jean Espirat)
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Ornament on a roof (© Jean Espirat)
Ornament on a roof (© Jean Espirat)
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The castle under the snow (© Jean Espirat)
The castle under the snow (© Jean Espirat)
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Autumn on the castle (© Jean Espirat)
Autumn on the castle (© Jean Espirat)
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Night view of one of the castle towers (© Jean Espirat)
Night view of one of the castle towers (© Jean Espirat)
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Town Hall (© Jean Espirat)
Town Hall (© Jean Espirat)
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The Diairi, regional folk choir (© Jean Espirat)
The Diairi, regional folk choir (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market 2007 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market 2006 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market 2006 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market 2009 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market 2009 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on ice, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on ice, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Sculptures on ice, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Sculptures on ice, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Futuristic tree in front of the station, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Futuristic tree in front of the station, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Illuminations of the halls for Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Illuminations of the halls for Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2009 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2009 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2010 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2011 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
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Christmas lights 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas lights 2013 (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval festival (© Jean Espirat)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Museum of the Peugeot Adventure in Sochaux.

The Doubs Valley.

Courcelles Aerodrome.

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