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While Belfort may not be one of France's most visited destinations for tourists, this capital of the Territoire de Belfort department in eastern France's Franche-Comte region has some attractions that makes it a worthwhile detour when nearby. A pretty town located strategically between the Jura and the Vosges, it makes a very convenient stopover for business travelers or tourists on their way from Alsace to the Alps, Burgundy or Paris. There are a number of mid-range and budget Belfort hotels to put up at, and Venere makes it easy to find the perfect Belfort accommodation. You can browse through ratings and reviews provided by previous guests of the hotel listings. Venere provides multiple photos of rooms on the properties to give you a clearly picture of what you can expect. You can also see exactly where each hotel lies on a map that Venere provides, to help you plan your arrival.
What is Belfort Like?
Because of its strategic position Belfort had to stoutly defend itself against the German empire during the Franco-Prussian wars of the 19th century. The Lion of Belfort statue by Frederic Bartholdi commemorates this independent spirit of the Belfortains. Today the city is known for the unique Belfort Citadel that Vauban used to fortify the city during the Prussian siege. Other historical attractions include the 18th century Belfort Cathedral, the 'Grand Souterrain' under the Belfort Citadel, the three history, art and modern art museums and the Eurockeennes rock music festival. The city is also known for its role in producing the super fast TGV trains. Nearby the southern Vosges region and the Ballon d'Alsace park, the Malsaucy lake and Cravanche caves also offer scenic and adventurous excursions to be had. Belfort hotels are particularly well-located for enjoying outdoor winter sports in the Alps nearby and skiers often seek a place to sleep in Belfort.
Fitting in, in Belfort
Belfort locals are friendly, and welcome tourists for the Eurockeennes, held in early July around the Lake Malsaucy area. The rest of the time you can enjoy the seventy kilometers of existing cycling tracks. While you'll find many people may understand English in the city, you'll be more likely to hear the Belfortains speak in French most often. Knowing some basic phrases and simple greetings in French like 'parles vous Anglaise?' will help, and a more substantial knowledge will help you fit in well. When in Belfort, you can expect to try regional Alsatian foods like excellent asparagus (eaten with ham and mayonnaise), Bibeleskas (ideally on bread), calf's head and fine charcuterie as well as international cuisine. Compare the best Belport hotels with Venere.