Belfort is a small division in the Territoire de Belfort department in northeastern France. It is located on the Savoureuse, on the strategic important route between Rhine and Rhone.
Belfort is an important trading center for wine. The industries such as chemicals, engineering, plastics and textiles contribute significantly to national GDP.
Belfort is the hometown of Alstom where first TGV trains were produced. As well as GE Energy’s European headquarters is also located in here. It is the center for excellence in the manufacturing of gas turbines.
The city of Belfort has the Lion of Belfort which is a famous sculpture made by the world renowned artist Frederic Bartholdi. It is the symbol of oppression of people against the Prussian War in 1870. Frederic Bartholdi shortly after wards built the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Belfort Cathedral is the Roman Catholic Cathedral and has been declared as the monument of national importance by French Government. The building was made as a church between 1727 and 1750. This church was opened for public worship in 1750 but it was not completed until 1845.
There are a plenty of other places to see in the city that is trying to show its heritage in a better and organized way.
Eurockeennes is one of Tourism largest rock music festivals. Eurockeennes, a play on words involving the words rock and europeennes (Europeans), is a festival based in a nature reserve in Malsaucy near Belfort. This year’s festival will took place in July this year. This festival was celebrated in the peninsula of Lake Malsaucy which is located nearby Belfort. The festival was earlier planned to be organized on the Ballon d’Alsace, but later due to certain conditions peninsula on the Malsaucy Lake was chosen. It was started by Conseil général of the Territoire de Belfort, who wanted to organize an event to motivate youth of the department.