Weekend in Belfort, France

View from the lion
Occasionally we like to do weekend getaways to somewhere nearby, either in France or Germany. We prefer places where you can go by either train or bus, instead of flying. This time we chose Belfort.

Lion of Belfort
Belfort's main landmarks are the citadel and the huge lion statue in front of it. The author of the lion statue is Bartholdy - the same man who create the Statue of Liberty. Other than that, there's really not much to see or do. You can see it all in couple of hours. There are some small museums for which you can get a combined ticket for 5 euros but the only one worth visiting is the small modern art museum.

Modern art museum - Donation Maurice Jardot
There is one group of people for whom Belfort is probably very fascinating place - people interested in military history. The citadel is impressive even for non-military fans like me. 

View from the top of the citadel
So what did we do those 2 days? We walked around in the citadel, visited museums, ate very well (it's asparagus and morel season at the moment) and then took a bus to the outskirts of the town (to Valdoie) and hiked to Salbert hill. The hike starts from the center of Valdoie (there are little marks on the street corners and sign posts) and it goes through the forest to the top of the hill. On top there are some fort ruins and you can see quite far. There are several routes that go to the top but they just vary in the distance. We went up one way and came down the other way. 

And now some photos.

Asparagus and morels
Main square

Lion 

Inside the citadel

View from the top of the citadel

Facades of Belfort

Facades of Belfort

Savoureuse river

Savoureuse river
Hiking route

Forest

Getting to the top of Salbert

Ruins on Salbert

View from Salbert

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