Organize your stay
1) The castle of the Dukes of Wurttemberg...
A guided tour takes you to discover the architecture and history of the castle and the reigning families. The castle also houses an important archaeological department, a scientific departement dedicated to Georges Cuvier...It also presents art exhibitions of classic or contemporary style.
Open all year round 10.00am to 12.00noon and 2.00 to 6.00pm, except on Tuesdays and January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th. Admission fee: 3.00€ per person on a group basis (min. 10 people)
2/ Paleontology and archaeology
The museum houses the Gallery Cuvier that recounts the discoveries and the evolution of the work of the talented Georges Cuvier who founded the science of paleontology and was born in Montbéliard in 1769. There is also an exhibition space for fauna and flora of the region.
- Open all year round on Mondays and from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00am and from 2.00 to 6.00pm. Closed on Tuesdays and on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th.
3/ Historic heart of the City of Princes
Principality of the German Empire for four centuries, ruled by the Württemberg family, the Pays de Montbéliard has remained deeply marked by its particular destiny, which has built its character…Strolling around the historic heart of Montbéliard, you will see many different colours on the façades: red ochre, saffron yellow... a tradition inherited from its Württemberg past.
4/ In the footsteps of Heinrich Schickhardt – Cultural itinerary: 3km
Originally a carpenter, Heinrich Schickhardt studied architecture in Stuttgart at the Court of Württemberg. The Duke Frederick noticed him and commissionned him to undertake major works. Showing his talent as an architect, urban planner and engineer, Heinrich Schickhardt was also nicknamed "The Swabian Leonardo da Vinci".
The cultural itinerary "In the footsteps of Heinrich Schickhardt" will help you discover and understand the major works of this talented architect (in Montbéliard, Saint Martin Protestant Church, Neuveville area...).
5/ Museum of Art and History Hôtel Beurnier Rossel
Situated just opposite the Protestant church, the Museum of Art and History houses a wonderful collection of objets d’art dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Furniture, paintings and draperies re-create rooms that could be seen at the Württembergs’ time. A unique collection of antique music boxes is also exhibited on the last floor.
- Open Saturdays and Sundays all year round 2.00 to 6.00pm.
- 1st July to 30 September and during the Christmas market: open Wednesday to Sunday from 2.00 to 6.00pm. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 25th December.
- Admission fee: 3.00€ per person on a group basis
6/ Bonal Stadium - Football Club Sochaux Montbéliard
Seating up to 20000 people, the Bonal Stadium offers optimal visibility and a unique acoustic environment. The field is made with semi-synthetic material and heated. The stadium is equipped with a 1200 cubic metres structure built with laminated spruce wood from the Haut Jura. … This guided tour will take you to see what's going on behind the scenes...
7/ Find out more about the region's religious heritage
- Sacré Coeur church and Immaculée Conception curch in Audincourt :
Sacré Coeur: unanimoulsy considered as one of the most important works with regard to Catholic religious art. Stained-glass windows by Bazaine and Léger.
Immaculée Conception: one of the first reinforced concrete churches built in France. Stained-glass windows by V Reyre.
Distance between the 2 churches: 1.5km. Please note that you will have to organize transportation services. Duration: 2 hours.
- Synagogue of Montbéliard
The synagogue was built in 1888 by the architect Charles Frédéric Surleau for the Jewish community coming from Alsace after the war of 1870-1871. Neo romanesque style of architecture.
All year round from Monday to Friday, except religious feasts. Duration: 1hour
- Saint Martin Protestant church, Montbéliard
It was built between 1601 and 1607 and is the work of Heinrich Schickhardt, the architect of Frédéric 1st Prince of Montbéliard, in its ourest form. It is the oldest church in France dedicated to the Reformation form of worship.
All year round - Duration: 1 hour.
- Mennonite Chapel in Montbéliard
The mennonite community arrived in the Pays de Montbéliard at the beginning of the 18th century. Most of them were farmers and their know-how and expertise lead to the creation of the Montbéliarde breed in 1889. The chapel was built in 1930 by the architect Eugène Rees.
All year round - Duration: 1 hour.
8/ Gallo-Roman theatre in Mandeure
Mandeure was called Epomanduodurum at that time. There you will see the vestiges of a huge theatre that could sit 12 000 people.
- Visit more: you can also visit the archaeological department of the Museum of the Dukes of Wurtemberg whose collections have been mainly realized thropugh excavations of this Gallo-Roman site.
9/ Mont-Bart Fort in Bavans
Built between 1874 and 1877, its huge protective walls, its underground inner road and its all-round view over the Doubs valley make a strong impression on visitors.
- Admission fee: 2 euro per person on a group basis.
- Please note that in case of bad weather, the fort is closed.
10/ Get to know Vandoncourt, the legend of the Sarrazin Bridge and La Damassine [NEW]
The Damassine is an energy saving building, it aims at making people aware of the importance of preserving orchards and landscape. There you will find a museographic area and exhibitions and information about the traditional methods used to make jams, fruit juice... from seasonal, local fruits. Local products on sale. Landscaped garden.
Deep in the forest, just 13km from Montbéliard, you may also discover the Sarrazin Bridge, a beautiful natural arch and its legend...
Useful information: we advise you should wear walking shoes as you will be walking in the forest. The trail does not have any real difficult section.
11/ Magical Christmas
Enjoy a guided tour in the historic heart of Montbéliard and get to know more about the German Christmas traditions. Your guide will tell you about the traditional Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, the candle-lit pyramids, the power of light and Saint-Lucy, the legendary Aunt Airie...
- Valid only during the Christmas lights. Duration: 1h30.
12/ Près la Rose Park, the scientific adventure continues...
A couple of minutes'away from the historic town centre, along the river Allan, the Près la Rose park boasts lovely flowerbeds and invites to take a relaxing walk under hundred-year-old trees. There you will find the Galiliee's fountain, a one-ton floating sandstone water fountain and the Foucault's pendulum.
You may also visit the Sciences Pavilion (in addition to the price of guided tour, you will have to pay an admission fee). In this elegant building, you will find out more about technologies and natural and social sciences. The aspect of play and interactiveness are the keywords of these exhibitions.
13/ L' Axone, Montbéliard
Steel and glass architecture. Seating up to 6000 people, this is a major complex for sporting events and concerts...
In addition to the price of the guided tour, you will have to purchase admission tickets to the museums
*Museum of the Dukes of Wurtemberg: 2.00€/person
*Museum of Art and History: 2.00€/person
Languages spoken: French, Italian, English and German.
After the guided tour, why not enjoy a tasty treat?
Local products (smoked meats, cheese, traditional lemonades...) or sweet snack (hot drink and cake).