8th Stage – Sunday, 8 July 2012 Belfort > Porrentruy – 157.5 km

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Departure: Belfort – Depart of the 8th stage

Belfort – Depart of the 8th stage
Belfort benefits from a remarkable situation. Bordering Switzerland, it reaffirms, with the arrival of the TGV and access to the EuroAirport, its traditional role as an exchange point between the valleys of the Rhone and the Rhine, between Mediterranean Europe and the Rhineland. The city of the Lion, the famous sculpture by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the emblem of the city also boasts a dual heritage, historical and industrial. The citadel built by Vauban is one of the most beautiful heritage sites in French, while the presence of many industrial firms such as General Electric, Alstom, research laboratories on the fuel cell and hydrogen technology confirms the dynamism of a technological and innovative city. Belfort also enjoys artistic diversity and a richness in its festivals: the Eurockéennes rock festival, the International Festival of University Music, EntreVues, the International Film Festival and the Puppet Festival. The beauty of the architecture and elegance of the facades, the charm of parks and public gardens mean that Belfort is a colourful and harmonious town where life is good.

Belfort benefits from a remarkable situation. Bordering Switzerland, it reaffirms, with the arrival of the TGV and access to the EuroAirport, its traditional role as an exchange point between the valleys of the Rhone and the Rhine, between Mediterranean Europe and the Rhineland. The city of the Lion, the famous sculpture by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the emblem of the city also boasts a dual heritage, historical and industrial. The citadel built by Vauban is one of the most beautiful heritage sites in French, while the presence of many industrial firms such as General Electric, Alstom, research laboratories on the fuel cell and hydrogen technology confirms the dynamism of a technological and innovative city. Belfort also enjoys artistic diversity and a richness in its festivals: the Eurockéennes rock festival, the International Festival of University Music, EntreVues, the International Film Festival and the Puppet Festival. The beauty of the architecture and elegance of the facades, the charm of parks and public gardens mean that Belfort is a colourful and harmonious town where life is good.

Arrival: Porrentruy

Porrentruy
Welcome to Porrentruy, the Swiss city nearest to Paris! Since the opening of the new TGV station Belfort-Montbéliard, a few kilometres from the Swiss border, Porrentruy is only 2 hours 40 minutes from the French capital. This happy fact reinforces the appeal of the city and the Swiss canton of Jura as a tourist destination and location of the first rate place to be for people and businesses. The Swiss canton of Jura, made ?of wide open spaces and unspoiled nature, is horse country, the cradle of the watch and of the famous Swiss Army knife. Second city of the Canton, Porrentruy, located in the heart of a region called the Ajoie, has a rich architectural heritage, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Switzerland and ongoing traditions like the Festival of Saint Martin, that every year in November, welcomes tens of thousands of visitors. During construction of the A16 motorway, deposits of dinosaur traces were discovered close to the city dating from the Jurassic period -150 million years ago – which makes Porrentruy one of the most important sites in the world.

Welcome to Porrentruy, the Swiss city nearest to Paris! Since the opening of the new TGV station Belfort-Montbéliard, a few kilometres from the Swiss border, Porrentruy is only 2 hours 40 minutes from the French capital. This happy fact reinforces the appeal of the city and the Swiss canton of Jura as a tourist destination and location of the first rate place to be for people and businesses. The Swiss canton of Jura, made ?of wide open spaces and unspoiled nature, is horse country, the cradle of the watch and of the famous Swiss Army knife. Second city of the Canton, Porrentruy, located in the heart of a region called the Ajoie, has a rich architectural heritage, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Switzerland and ongoing traditions like the Festival of Saint Martin, that every year in November, welcomes tens of thousands of visitors. During construction of the A16 motorway, deposits of dinosaur traces were discovered close to the city dating from the Jurassic period -150 million years ago – which makes Porrentruy one of the most important sites in the world.