Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, Belfort
(4.2/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Your visit to Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort features the 22 m (72 ft) long, 11 m (36 ft) high stone lion, symbol of the heroic French resistance at the foot of the citadel. You can also access the citadel's Great Underground, History Museum, Bartholdi Space, Martin Chariot, and the panoramic terrace. Sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Bartholdi, carved the majestic lion in 1880 entirely from red sandstone. Built and expanded in stages since the Middle Ages, the citadel was a command center for the surrounding forts until 1940. Your visit to the citadel includes the Bartholdi space that recreates the work of the master sculptor with engravings, sculptures, old photographs, original documents, and archives. The history museum plunges you into Neolithic history, and brings you all the way up to the 20th century, while the Great Underground bombproof barracks entertain you with scenic depictions of heroic events at the citadel. Put Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort and other Belfort attractions into our Belfort trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • See its history and architecture. Interesting Museum, great ride on the heights of Belfort. The roof of the Castle overlooks a magnificent panorama.
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  • A masterpiece of Bartholdi this lion carved on the blanks of the castle which dominates the old city to the charming view surrounded by the ramparts of Vauban, a journey in the history of France
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  • Citadel impressive but everything is paying 1 euro to take a picture with the lion is not terrible.
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