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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  • Great view, but it must be earned because the climb is tough! I find it a little weird to pay 1 euro for access to the terrace to see the lion...
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  • Climb to the citadel at night to see the lion and enjoy the view of the city at night, very well. But not one evening in November in the rain.
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  • One of the most interesting visits I have had in France and all for free except a few euros to get really close up to the lion well worth it. Views from the top of the fort are amazing walk is stiff b...  more »