La Citadelle

La Citadelle

- belfort

La Citadelle


The Citadel, built in successive stages from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, served as an "entrenched camp" for the people of Belfort during the 1870 war. Thanks to the Citadel, the city's valiant defenders were able to hold off the siege and maintain their resistance. Bartholdi made it even more famous with his impressive lion sculpture. A place steeped in history that leaves no one indifferent. Free admission except for the History Museum and the Lion Terrace.
  • Secondary type: castles and defense sites


  • Listed or registered (CNMHS)

Languages spoken

  • German
  • English

Opening hours

La Citadelle is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm, except Tuesdays, when it closes at 5 pm. In July and August, it closes at 8 pm.
Annual closures: 1 November, 25 December, 1 January.