Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, Belfort

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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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  • Interesting tour. Good presentation of the history of the city, including the time of Louis XIV and Vauban.
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  • An impressive fortress, you can visit about 4 points with a ticket. Lion, terrace, Museum and Vault.
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  • The history and the building offer itself very much. It is a pity that in the Museum, and share of the tour (parcour you grand basement) not very much it is made. We believe that is sometimes missing the red thread. However - you must have necessarily seen the Citadelle in Belfort. Perhaps an important note: first to buy TIckets to the Museum there, then you can visit free the Lions after that (otherwise it will cost 1 euro separately).
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  • Great spot to look over the town. The lion is amazing.
  • Impressive lion monument. Not easy to get there.
  • I went to visit the Citadel and it was closed. Nothing open until 2pm. This should have been on the website. But as for thd lion well its just a lion carved in rock. No explanation in English about its history. I went there on a weekday and no it wasnt a mon or teus.
  • Nice panoramic view from the walk
  • The famous lion monumental sculpture designed by Frederic Bartholdi.

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