Sedan Travel Guide

  • Sedan from the heights of La Marfee
    Sedan from the heights of La Marfee
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Sedan Things to Do

  • LA MARFEE

    The heights to the southwest of Sedan, la Marfee, have figured strongly in several epochs of battles that have rattled around Sedan through the ages. The first large encounter was 6 July 1641, one of the countless encounters of the Thirty Years War. Sedan was a local principality at the time under the leadership of Frederic de la Tour d’Auvergne –...

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  • MONUMENT TO THE CHASSEURS D”AFRIQUE

    Behind the French WWII cemetery you come to a large monument dedicated to the Chasseurs d’Afrique with a separate monument to each of the different regiments who have been a part of the Chasseurs. The different regiments have seen actions in most of the many wars France has fought since the unit’s inception early in the 19th century. A list of the...

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  • FRENCH CEMETERY FLOING

    Actually, there are two French military cemeteries at Floing. The first is where some of the cavalrymen of General Maurgeritte are buried. German panzers would crash through the cemetery during the fighting here in May 1940. Up higher on the little road you come to a much bigger cemetery – not as many mass graves as below. There are a fair number...

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  • ILLY WAYSIDE CROSS

    This small cross above Sedan was the scene of some the hardest fighting on 1 September 1870. The French position here was gradually destroyed by concentrated Prussian artillery fire from all directions throughout the day. When the French were forced off the little plateau they dissolved into the nearby woods where the cannonade became even...

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  • ILLY WAYSIDE CROSS

    This small cross above Sedan was the scene of some the hardest fighting on 1 September 1870. The French position here was gradually destroyed by concentrated Prussian artillery fire from all directions throughout the day. When the French were forced off the little plateau they dissolved into the nearby woods where the cannonade became even...

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  • OSSUARY AT BAZEILLES

    The Bavarians captured Bazeilles on 31 August 1870 but French marines – the Blue Division because of the color of their uniforms – recaptured the town late in the day. The next day, the Bavarians were back in over numbering force and eventually the French were forced out of town once more. About 100 meters down the street from the Last Cartridge...

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  • LAST CARTRIDGE HOUSE – BAZEILLES

    A former inn and now a museum, this house on the north edge of Bazeilles was occupied by about 30 French marines under Commandant Lambert. They were surrounded by men of the 15th Bavarian Regiment and fought here for over four hours down to their last cartridge before giving up. The marines were originally going to be used to invade the northern...

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  • CEMETERIES AT LA MARFEE

    There is a French cemetery atop La Marfee with some 4500 men who died in the fighting during the retreat in 1914 after the failure of the French Battle of the Frontiers in the Ardennes. There are also several British soldiers buried from both World War I and II here as well. Down the hill a bit to the south you will find the much larger...

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  • FORTRESS

    The first fortifications here at Sedan were erected in 1535 with a central citadel dating to about the mid 16th century. Jean Errard helped the Prince of Sedan enlarge and create the main fortifications in 1585. Vauban would later make improvements on Errard’s work. Today, mainly the central citadel is all that is left of the once much larger...

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  • Hotellerie Le Chateau Fort

    Porte des Princes, Sedan, Champagne-Ardenne, 08200, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Campanile Sedan

    Parc de Fresnois, Lieu Dit le Moulin, Sedan, Champagne-Ardenne, 08200, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Le Saint-Michel

    3 Rue Saint-Michel, Sedan, 8200, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Sedan Off The Beaten Path

  • CIRCUIT DE STONNE

    In memory of the many French troops who valiantly fought in the woods and ridges around Stonne, a ‘circuit de memoire’ has been set up which you can drive around. There are fourteen different stops covering different aspects of the hard fought battles of Stonne. A small museum in Stonne is the starting point. Some of the roads can be a bit rough...

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  • BUTTE DE STONNE

    The main French defense line was pierced at Sedan by German attacks on 13-14 May 1940. With the bulk of the Allied army positioned to the north and west of Sedan, it was imperative that the French seal off the German breakthrough - as important also to the Germans to solidify their gains. A series of hard fought battles were fought in the forests...

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  • Flag of the European Union (EU)

    France is a member of the European Union.Since 1 May 2004, the 25 members of European Union are:Austria | Belgium | The Czech Republic | Cyprus | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | The Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden |...

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  • National Flag of République Française

    The "Tricolore" of France believes to have its origin as:Blue is the color of Saint Martin, a rich Gallo-Roman officer who ripped his blue coat with his sword to give one half of it to a poor who was begging him in the snow. This is the symbol of care, of the duty that the rich had to help the poor.White is the color of the Virgin Mary, to whom the...

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  • The Chateau Fort (fortress)

    This fortress is the biggest one in Europe and was build around 1424 and extended during the next centuries. Having 35000 square meter, it looks impressive with its four bastions. Unfortunately only a part of this fortress can be visited, and the court rather looked like a building site (although I would say that the fortress is well preserved -...

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