Belfort Vacation Packages
One of the Franche-Comté region’s largest towns, Belfort was founded in the natural gap between two mountain ranges. Its unique position has encouraged an intriguing history entwined with battles, such as the Siege of Belfort. Spend a relaxing afternoon walking through the old town to discover its historic gems.
Visit the 19th-century Belfort Citadel and learn about its defensive history. The town has been fortified since the Middle Ages, when a castle was first constructed. The fortress successfully protected the city against an 1815 siege. Venture inside the museum that tells the story of Belfort’s military history. Climb to the top of the hill for marvelous views of the town.
Marvel at the large lion sculpture at the foot of the citadel. Take a closer look at the Lion of Belfort, a figure that commemorates the resistance to the 19th-century Prussian siege. Architect Frédéric Bartholdi created the statue shortly before constructing the Statue of Liberty.
For additional insight into the town’s past, go to the 18th-century Belfort Cathedral. See its extraordinary 18th-century organ. You’ll find plenty of museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Tower 41 and the Museum of Modern Art (Donation Maurice Jardot). For a change of scenery, explore the cycling paths and walking trails in the scenic surroundings of Belfort.
In May, thousands of musicians perform in hundreds of concerts around the city for the International Festival of University Music. Attend the annual Eurockéennes, one of the biggest music festivals in France, in early July.
Belfort is in northeastern France about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Strasbourg. The nearest major airport is the EuroAirport Basel in Switzerland, 42 miles (69 kilometers) to the east. The town is connected to the major cities of France by rail from the Gare de Belfort.
Locals are known as Belfortains. They enjoy warm, sunny summers and cold winters.
Belfort has centuries of military history, exemplified by the iconic lion guarding the citadel.