For those seeking tranquillity and unspoilt nature, the Etang des Forges is definitely for you ! It is the ideal place to switch off, relax and unwind in a flooded forest of alder and willow, where the only sounds are the rustling of the trees and the lapping of the water.
Located just a few minutes from the centre of Belfort, at the foot of the Tour de la Miotte, the ‘clog-shaped’ Etang des Forges is 1,160m long 360m wide and covers 34 hectares. This wonderful green space is very popular with locals who go there to walk, run and cycle in the company of ducks and heron.
The history of the lake goes back to the Middle Ages when its role was to provide fish which was eaten a lot at the time. Later its water was used to power the furnaces from which it takes its name. In the 1830s the lake increased its activity by turning towards sport and leisure activities.