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.
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.
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.