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  • Machine gun turret and the view north - Fort Casso
    Machine gun turret and the view north -...
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    Artillery blocks at Schoenenbourg
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    From Hackenberg, the Line goes southwest an the next fort you can visit is the fort at Michelsberg. To tour the fort you need to know the precise times and dates however. Knowing neither, I simply got to visit the entrance – which seemed to be the case for several of the forts in this section. The fort had five combat blocks – two infantry blocks...


    The Petit Ouverage La Ferte was built as one of the nouveaux fronts that made up the Malmedy Bridgehead – a collection of infantry blocks, two petit ouverages and two small gros ouverages that were added late to the Maginot Line to defend the frontier facing the southern end of the Ardennes when Belgium revoked its military alliance with France,...


    Guided tours visit the barracks, powerhouse, main gallery, msueum and one of the six combat blocks – Bloc 2 which houses a twin 75mm gun turret. The fort was manned by just under 600 men and is located just uphill to the east of the town of Lembach. “Four-a-chaux” means “lime kiln” and the fort name came from such a quarry and kiln that operated...


    Originally planned to be a Gros Ouverage, Fort Casso’s construction was scaled back to that of a Petit Ouverage consisting of two infantry blocks and an entrance block. Casso is an example of one of the nouveaux fronts – new forts that were added to the Line beginning in 1934. They were built in response to the worsening strategic situation – in...


    This was the largest of the Maginot forts. Over 1000 men served this fort and there were 19 separate blocks – 7 main artillery blocks and 3 others which maintained machine guns turrets. Terrain dictated that the combat blocks be divided into two separate areas with about 500 meters between them. The support areas were another 500 meters to the...

  • Viewing the Citadel and the Gardens

    I recommend it because it's really the only thing to do in the town and the whole point of going to ***e. Touring the Citadel is nice, and it's worth it to see such an awesome site and the history is interesting. For such a large site, there really isn't that much to see. Definitely don't forget to tour the gardens just after you leave the entrance...


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    Auberge de la Tour: Too good to try once

    by ATLC Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    The meals here were so good that we ate dinner there twice in a row. Not only was the food nice, the service was too (Mr. and Mrs Steffanus run the restaurant). On top of it all, the prices were very friendly!

    I've just checked if the restaurant still exists (2007) and yes, it is mentioned on the B I T C H E Regional Tourist Office website.
    The restaurant is closed on Monday (all day) and Tuesday evening.

    2010: I just saw that the restaurant can be seen on Google. Click here.

    Favorite Dish: First night we enjoyed entrecote, sweetbreads, fish soup and probably lots of wine and a dessert. We paid 382 FF total (for 2 persons) which recalculates to € 58 (2007).

    Second night we enjoyed some more: foie gras, lobster, champagne sorbet, tournedos, strawberries and icecream and a bottle of riesling. We paid 564 FF total (for 2 persons) which recalculates to € 84 (2007).

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Bitche Warnings and Dangers

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    A little honest truth :-)

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jan 13, 2004

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    When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a b*i*t*c*h.

    When I stand up for those I love, they call me a b*i*t*c*h.

    When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way,they call me a b*i*t*c*h.

    Being a b*i*t*c*h means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me. When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a b*i*t*c*h.

    The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish. It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be.

    I am outspoken, opinionated and determined.

    I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that! So try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed. And if that makes me a b*i*t*c*h, so be it.

    I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.

    B = Babe
    I = In
    T = Total
    C = Control of
    H = Herself

    B = Beautiful
    I = Intelligent
    T = Talented
    C = Charming
    H = Hell of a Woman

    B = Beautiful
    I = Individual
    T = That
    C = Can
    H = Handle anything

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Bitche Tourist Traps

  • The citadel of ***e- Not a sight for...

    The citadelnis nice for history buffs and people that don't mind gory parts in movies. I can assure you though that it is not for small Children and People who do Not like Lots and Lots of Blood. If you are in the citadel, do Watch the films. It's best to leave and go on to the next room when the film either gets too gory or uncomfortable. That is...

  • Maginot Line : Simserhof

    You are interested by a visit of one of the Maginot Line fort ? You are right, it is really amazing and interesting, but DO NOT start by the visit of the Simserhof !!!The visit is mainly around a diorama, with music, sound, images effects. You will not be able to walk in the underground passages.The visit is quite expensive. A real tourist...

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    Tourist Office website

    by ATLC Written May 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: This region has a very nice website in French, German and English.

    There are suggestions to visit bunkers where the website in English says "envisage hot clothing", meaning 'dress warmly'!

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