Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, Belfort

(420+ 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.
Create a full Belfort itinerary

Plan your trip to Belfort

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • The Citadel of Belfort opens various visits that you discover this town: visit of the old walled city of Belfort in small Train, tour of the Grand underground with a video show, sound and light on the history of Belfort and the Citadel (possible child version), visit the History Museum of Belfort, and finally, access to the terrace of the famous Lion of Belfort directed by Bartholdi. Don't miss also in Belfort: the Citadel, the shops of the Lion Café, Museum and Bookstore Haxo, visits of the Castle guides, entertainment throughout the year (music festivals, citizens go, etc.).
    View original
  • A friend took the opportunity to explain the history of the city which made the visit even more interesting. We can see the whole city and the landscape in the distance. Not to be missed.
    View original
  • Beautiful place. We can always go and each time it's impressive. More every first Sunday of the month is free to all. Personally I go every time I have the temp.
    View original
  • 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.
  • The famous lion monumental sculpture designed by Frederic Bartholdi.
  • Bon service
  • That is a big lion!
  • Nice place, nice view.