We are now in Montbeliard where you can participate in the “Linen Road” event. The airstream will be located in front of the boutique Yves Delorme at 11 rue du Port from 3pm til 6:30pm and we are expecting a fab crowd.
This charming city is situated in the Doubs area in the Franche-Comte region of eastern France.
Montbeliard is called the City of Art and History as it boasts beautiful architectural heritage like the castle of the Dukes of Wurtemberg, the Saint-Pierre square and its monuments along with the very well preserved covered market hall dating from the 16th century, to name just a few.
For French people Montbeliard will always be associated with sausage. The sausage is made of pork which is cured and smoked over sawdust. Accompanying marvelously well hotpots and lentils, this delicious sausage can also be tasted with warm cancoillotte (runny cheese). The sausage became famous in the 19th century and has a quality label (IGP). If you have a very sweet tooth, do taste the Tutsche, a very sweet brioche laden with butter also called birthday cake. The queen of the region is of course the Montbéliarde, a cattle breed used mainly for dairy produce and in particular for cheese making. The breed was officially recognized in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
Flowers in Montbeliard
Like Yves Delorme, people in Montbeliard love flowers and they show it! The town has been awarded 4* in recognition of its flowers, gardens and parks. The use of different sorts of vegetables and exotic plants allow gardeners to be creative and show their expertise on the subject.
The Château de Montbéliard also known as the Château des ducs de Württemberg is located on a high vantage point that overlooks the town. It is a medieval fortress dating from the 10th century flanked by two Renaissance towers, which is now home to a museum dedicated to archaeology, history and natural history. The highlight is the panoramic view over the old city and the suburbs.
The Saint Martin Temple is the largest and oldest monument born of the Reformation currently existing in France. It was built between 1601 and 1607. All the materials used (limestone and pink sandstone) came from the region. The temple is certainly imposing with its Tuscan pilasters and large windows while the interior has a classic austerity. Symbol of triumphant Lutheranism this temple is definitely worth a visit.
Park Pres-la-Rose: The green heart
Before being reconverted as a park, this place was a former industrial site. It is one of the largest in the area and covers 10 hectares. You will find more than 100 different species of flowers and plants. The trees are beautiful and majestic and the flower beds are absolutely stunning especially during the summer season. The city organizes every summer concerts, exhibitions and events. Many artists offer a variety of free shows: jazz, folk, country and rock. There is also a small playground for children and while kids are getting lost in the maze, parents can enjoy a snack and some refreshment at the café in the centre of the park.