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Montbéliard

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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

The agglomeration of Montbéliard, is labeled Country of Art and History.

The historic center unfolds between the citadel of Montbéliard, garden cities built in 1930, La Chiffogne dating from 1955 to 1960, Petite-Hollande built from 1965 and the Grands-Jardins. The town was annexed to France only late. Originally attached to Germany and of Protestant faith, the city only became French in 1793. As it is located on the Rhine-Rhône axis, it changed department several times before being definitively attached to the Doubs in 1816. Montbéliard preserves from its history a remarkable architectural heritage having spent more than eight centuries under the governance of the Dukes of Württemberg. A whole story to discover in the museums of Montbéliard: the museum of the Castle of the Dukes of Württemberg and the Museum of Art and History Hôtel Beurnier-Rossel.

The city also benefits from an exceptional natural environment which makes it easy to move from the urbanized city to the gentle countryside. Greenery is also very present in the very heart of the town with many parks such as the parc du Près-la-Rose, green lung of Montbéliard, which houses the Pavillon des Sciences, a structure open to the public which invites you to explore science in different forms: workshops, events, exhibitions...

The Allan, the Lizaine and the Rhône-au-Rhin canal cross the territory and bring the necessary touch of water. Visitors take advantage of the many cycle paths in the Pays de Montbéliard and Eurovélo 6 to explore them.

Your visit will not be complete without a visit to the restaurants of Montbéliard where you will taste the delicious eponymous sausage with a delicately smoked taste and the good cheeses made with the milk of the beautiful Montbéliard cows.

Things to see and do

The City of Princes conceals many treasures. To discover them, it is best to follow the Heinrich Schickhardt urban path to go in search of the city's important sites (audio guide and map available at the Tourist Office). The walk begins with the castle of the Dukes of Württemberg. Now a museum housing collections of natural history, fine arts and contemporary art, you can also browse the historical circuit. A little further on, the Hôtel du Bailly has been taken over by the music conservatory.

The walk continues through the Hôtel Beurnier-Rossel Museum of Art and History. This former mansion presents a collection of objects that will allow you to discover the history of the city. Opposite it, the Saint-Martin temple, an important building symbol of the Reformation. Built in 1604, it is of Tuscan influence and is the pride of Montbéliard.

Are you a contemporary art lover? So go and have a look at 19 CRAC, the Regional Center for Contemporary Art located opposite the Montbéliard station.

Between the Rhône-au-Rhin canal and the river, discover the parc Près la Rose where the Pavillon des Sciences is located. A structure of scientific mediation built in a futuristic style which offers high quality exhibitions often supplemented by fun activities.

The Prés-la-Rose park, the green lung of Montbéliard, extends over 10 hectares and brings together more than 100 plant species, a poplar plantation, a plant maze and a fun and sports park. It also hosts exhibitions dedicated to technology and science.

Like all big cities, you will find all the necessary equipment to practice your favorite sports. And on the cultural side, cinemas and performance halls will liven up your evenings between films, concerts and theatres.

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Events and festivities

Le 19 Crac : Cum Panis, le Pain et ses Écologies
Activités des Vacances d'Hiver
Concert : Véronique SANSON
Concert : Jérémy FERRARI
Exposition : Matria
Rencontres / Expo / Concerts : Faites Tomber les Murs !
L'Encas : Concerts Salades à la Pause Méridienne
Festival Les Quatre Saisons / Place au Printemps !
Concert : Massive Wagons + Deafslow
Concert : Beau Soir

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Castle Montbéliard
Castle Montbéliard
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Rating 4 well deserved flowers (© J.E)
Rating 4 well deserved flowers (© J.E)
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View Montbéliard
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Castle Montbéliard
Castle Montbéliard
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Montbéliard
Montbéliard
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View Montbéliard
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View Montbéliard
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Park
Park
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Montbéliard the Allan River and Bermont bridge (© J.E)
Montbéliard the Allan River and Bermont bridge (© J.E)
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Halles
Halles
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old hospital
old hospital
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Temple Saint Martin
Temple Saint Martin
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Montbéliard
Montbéliard
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View Montbéliard
View 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 skiing - Skating rink
Village of skiing - Skating rink
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Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights
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Parade of Light (Saint Lucia)
Parade of Light (Saint Lucia)
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Medieval Festival - Fire Breather
Medieval Festival - Fire Breather
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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 camp (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Festival 2015 - The medieval camp (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Day 2015 - Beggars (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Day 2015 - Beggars (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Day 2015 - Beggars (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Day 2015 - Beggars (© Jean Espirat)
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Castle at dusk (© J.E)
Castle at dusk (© J.E)
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Peugeot House (© J.E)
Peugeot House (© J.E)
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Temple St. George (© J.E)
Temple St. George (© J.E)
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One of yorbes Montbéliard (© J.E)
One of yorbes 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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St. Martin Lutheran oldest temple in France (© J.E)
St. Martin Lutheran oldest temple in France (© J.E)
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The halls and stone fish (© Jean Espirat)
The halls and stone fish (© Jean Espirat)
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Rue de Belfort (© Jean Espirat)
Rue de Belfort (© Jean Espirat)
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Former mansion (© Jean Espirat)
Former mansion (© Jean Espirat)
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park trees and flowers (© Jean Espirat)
park trees and flowers (© Jean Espirat)
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Central Park alley in summer (© Jean Espirat)
Central Park alley in summer (© Jean Espirat)
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Bloom autumnal park (© Jean Espirat)
Bloom autumnal 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 in the snow (© Jean Espirat)
The castle in the snow (© Jean Espirat)
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Autumn Castle (© Jean Espirat)
Autumn Castle (© Jean Espirat)
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Night view of one of the towers of the castle (© Jean Espirat)
Night view of one of the towers of the castle (© Jean Espirat)
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City Hall (© Jean Espirat)
City 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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2006 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
2006 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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2011 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
2011 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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2009 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
2009 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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2010 Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
2010 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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Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Ice sculptures at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Ice sculptures at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Ice sculptures at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Ice sculptures at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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futuristic tree, outside the station, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
futuristic tree, outside the station, at Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Illumination of the halls for Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Illumination 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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Old Fountain Place Francisco Ferrer (© J.E)
Old Fountain Place Francisco Ferrer (© J.E)
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New Mills Dam-on Allan (© J.E)
New Mills Dam-on Allan (© J.E)
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Ditch west of the ancient citadel of Miches (© J.E)
Ditch west of the ancient citadel of Miches (© J.E)
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Former Bank of France (© J.E)
Former Bank of France (© J.E)
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Former Savings Bank - Schedule of the Town Hall now (© J.E)
Former Savings Bank - Schedule of the Town Hall now (© J.E)
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River Allan, the Pre-la-Rose Park (© J.E)
River Allan, the Pre-la-Rose Park (© J.E)
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House Tueffert (© J.E)
House Tueffert (© J.E)
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Marina, the canal (© J.E)
Marina, the canal (© J.E)
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