5 based on 297 reviews
Anyone wanting to know the cost of war should check out these Cemeteries dotting the fields of Europe. On the other hand, pride always fills me when I see the flag flying over our war dead and the perfectly manicured rows of crosses and Stars of David under which our best and bravest lie.
4.5 based on 530 reviews
Verdun Battlefields are a required visit for any person interested in WWI. Beautiful fields and woods which at one time was pretty much hell on earth. We cannot afford to ever forget this.
4.5 based on 651 reviews
This relatively small museum, which was apparently upgraded last year, offers a world class experience. Its combination of stories related to the participants in the battle backed up by quality artifacts is a modern approach that works well here. This is not a chronological review of the battle of Verdun; rather it is a thematic description of the experiences of those who endured the fighting. The museum is completely trilingual (French, German and English) and there are some quality audivisuals throughout. A very impressive attraction which is a great introduction for those who want to visit other sites on the battlefield. You'll need at least two hours and there is lots of free parking. A number of other sites are very close indeed including one of the destroyed villages, the French Ossuary and cemetery and a number of memorials.
4.5 based on 849 reviews
I was traveling with my two college-aged children, and after touring the Memorial Museum we headed to the Fort to see more. First benefit - free parking! Yay! There was a fair amount of parking spaces, so that made things easy. When you enter the fort, you are given the option of paying for the headset audio guide, or getting a laminated handout for free that you return at the end of your tour. We decided on the handout, and it worked just fine for us. Occasionally we lost our place on the handout, but from an informational standpoint it presented lots of great information and allowed us to travel through the fort at probably a quicker pace than if we had to stand and listen to everything. This fort is very old, and quite frankly in disrepair. This is not a polished museum - you really see it as it was when it was used. The walls/floors are damp, and the ceiling does a fair share of dripping so be prepared! We really enjoyed exploring inside the fort and looking through all the gun vantage points, and then went outside and spent a fair amount of time climbing all over the fort exploring the outer areas as well. The landscape still shows the bomb craters from all the bombing, which makes the battle so much more real. It is definitely worth a stop!
4.5 based on 388 reviews
Fort de Vaux is a place to visit for what it means and represents. You can almost sense the horror and feel the fear of the soldiers during battles. As you drive in you pass Cemeteries and monuments which help impact the devastation of the horrific events of WWI.
4.5 based on 119 reviews
Hard to say there's something you like about this place but it's deeply moving for sure. The way they have set markers around what used to be a village now show where local places were...a school, the town hall, bakery , a butcher and so on....mortar craters are everywhere the destruction plain.....
4.5 based on 81 reviews
Splendid cathédral Notre Dame, to admire the nice windows, a major centre of religious stained glass, a wonderful Romanesque style, richely decored fronts and cloister, and a crypte to visit. a real architectural splendour, a center of faith and peace;
take time to look at the treasures in the world.
4 based on 757 reviews
Découvrez la vie des soldats pendant la Grande Guerre, à bord d'une nacelle audioguidée. La Citadelle Souterraine est un site incontournable de la Première Guerre mondiale.
I first came here over 20 years ago and it hasn't changed. That's not to say it's dated - it still feels relevant with the guided cars passing through a series of immersive presentations and dramatic scenes invoking the horror of Verdun. A good contrast to the other museums and monuments on offer. Do remember a jumper or coat - an hour or so of 7 degrees feels very chilly.
I hope the organisers read this as my criticisms are exclusively aimed at the poorly scripted and somewhat random dramatic scenes interspersed through the 'ride'. The theme of the dramatic enactments follows a junior officer through his day in the Citadel -
- quite where an imagined 'flight' through the french countryside fitted into that I can't say but the additional breeze made the cold of the tunnels even more acute. Perhaps they make more sense to a french speaking audience but as we chose English for our presentation it was hard to compare.
After 20 odd years of the same presentation its surely worth a bit of expenditure - it's the 100 year anniversary after all!
4 based on 71 reviews
The Porte Chaussee is a small tower on the banks of the river guarding one of the Bridges. Verdun is a pleasant enough town and there is a bit of nightly buzz around the restaurants on the Quay des Londres.
4 based on 60 reviews
while the monument is striking and the views are impressive, the 100 year old remnants of battle stay with me the most. The entire landscape of the hilltop is scarred, with shell craters and trenches still visible even though now covered with grass and trees. The monument has a skeletal impact that recalls just how many died in defending this Dead Man's Hill, which the Germans never did take
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