From the Ballon d'Alsace
The Territoire de Belfort department is certainly a curious one. Many have wondered what this unusual name conceals. Simply imagine…
…A department which enjoys a prime location at the foot of the Vosges mountains and on the doorstep of Switzerland, Germany and the wineries of southern Alsace.
…A land bursting with a tumultuous history that would result in the creation this "Territory" after the heroic resistance of Belfort's citizens during the Franco-Prussian War.
Explore the full diversity of the Territoire de Belfort and drift from adventure to discovery. From the North to the South, the Lion's Territory shows off its different angles… From mountains to valleys, from water to woods and regional particularities... Let Territoire de Belfort surprise you!
Nestled in the southern Vosges mountains, the Ballon d’Alsace national registered site has all the charms to ensure a successful stay in summer and winter alike. Its streams and waterfalls delight fishing and rambling enthusiasts while thrill-seekers opt for extreme sports like paragliding, outdoor survivalism and more. The Ballon d'Alsace is heaven for anyone who loves nature in its purest state.
In the winter, the Ballon d'Alsace is by turns seductive, enchanting and surprising... Its warm, inviting atmosphere makes it a wonderful winter sport destination for gatherings among friends and family.
From the peak of the Ballon d'Alsace, via Giromagny and Malsaucy Lake, the southern Vosges mountains embody the myriad facets of the region's generous, authentic natural setting. From the Villages in Bloom Trail to rambling and a host of other outdoor activities, everyone can indulge their passion for discovery.
…The southern end of the Territoire de Belfort backs up to the foothills of the Jura and is home to abundant ponds and streams, not to mention the best scenic overlook in the region. From the Plateau de Croix, the panoramic view extends from the mountains of Ajoie in Switzerland to those of the Jura, encompassing the Black Forest, the Alsatian plain and, of course the Vosges. The pristine nature and profound expanses of water and greenery are its primary attractions. From canals to lakes, hundreds of bodies of water, like the "Petite Sologne", lend their charm to the serene beauty of these landscapes. Along the banks of streams and ponds, fishermen will find happiness and everyone can enjoy the warmth of this welcoming region.
Delle, the Home of the Caryatids, and Beaucourt, the birthplace of the Japy success story, provide a glimpse into an industrial legacy and exceptional culture which contrast with the picturesque hamlets of this area.
…A territory for every kind of music thanks to the programming of festivals and events like the International Festival of University Music which embraces all trends and tastes. On the Malsaucy peninsula, the Eurockéennes de Belfort roar every summer, to the great delight of young generations...
… A dynamic, innovative territory, notably with the arrival of the TGV high-speed train on 11 December 2011, and its numerous, world-renowned industrial giants like General Electric and Alstom, which are the pride of the locals...
A gem called Belfort, a colourful city in bloom dotted with parks and gardens where the art of living is a fiercely protected treasure. Sheltered under the master Vauban's ramparts, it is guarded by its citadel and Bartholdi's famous lion.