Visit of the main monuments of the great war in Verdun

The tour includes the most important monuments of the battle of Verdun (forts, the Douaumont ossuary)

The first world war falls gradually into oblivion even with the commemorations of the centenary. Yet a visit to Verdun is always very interesting, there are few places like this where you can still feel the breath of the battle. Nature still has the scar of the terrifying fights that occurred during the year 1916.

Remember the battle of Verdun has not identified a winner. After several months of fighting the protagonists have regained their former positions.

The underground Citadel of Verdun is the closest monument from the town center. The visit, more sanitized, is less interesting than that of the other forts,

Feel free to spend a weekend at the scene of the battle. It is necessary to have a car to visit the different places of the battle. It is better to consider a trip over two days because there are a lot of things to see.

Information on the centenary of the battle of Verdun

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Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 10 h.

The corridors of the fort of Douaumont

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The corridors of the fort of Douaumont
The fort of Douaumont is larger than that of Vaux but the two forts are very similar (fee: 4 euros). The capture of the fort of Douaumont by the Germans in 1916 took place quite quickly, the french not more believing in the importance of the forts. The repossession of the fort has been much bloodier for the French.

Fort Vaux

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Fort Vaux
Fort Vaux was the scene of terrific battles.

Inside the fort Vaux

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Inside the fort Vaux
The French fought to the end but there was no water anymore and without hope of supplies they had to surrender to the enemy.

Memorial Museum of Verdun

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Memorial Museum of Verdun
The Museum is interesting, it presents the four years of the conflict. A lot of military equipment are exposed. The entrance fee is 11 euros.

The ossuary of Douaumont

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The ossuary of Douaumont
The battle of Verdun was very deadly. The ossuary gathered the remains of many German and french soldiers. You can visit the ossuary.

Outside of the fort of Douaumont

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Outside of the fort of Douaumont
The fort contains many graves. The soldiers died inside were never evacuated. 679 German soldiers are buried here, they are dead after an explosion of ammunition inside the fort.

The trench of bayonets

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The trench of bayonets
The trench of bayonets is an imposing monument, which commemorates the memory of the soldiers buried by a shell shot. Bayonets are still visible to indicate the location of the body. True story?

A casemate

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A casemate
Just to walk in the forest around Verdun to face the History.

The victory monument

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The victory monument
The victory monument is located in the town centre.

The underground Citadel

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The underground Citadel
The underground Citadel was built in the seventeenth century, it served during the battle of Verdun as a refuelling centre. The visit is only done on a small train.

Road signs

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Road signs
The site is touristic and you cand find many signs along the road explaining the different monuments to visit.

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