Verdun-sur-Meuse Travel Guide

  • North from the 75mm turret at Fort Douaumont
    North from the 75mm turret at Fort...
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  • Looking to fort front -observer's cupola 155mm gun
    Looking to fort front -observer's cupola...
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  • 75mm turret and observer's cupola looking north
    75mm turret and observer's cupola...
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Verdun-sur-Meuse Things to Do

  • Fort Douaumont

    Having gone through Fort Vaux we chose not to see the insides of this also cave-like fortress. From the top were still visible craters from the battle nearly 90 years earlier. It is hard to capture the feeling you get as you wander these sites and think of the men who fought here, those who died, the scars on their families and villages. Every...

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  • Ils ne passeront pas

    In a famous quote French General Henri-Philippe Petain said about the Germans...Ils ne passeront pas: They shall not pass. And now the statue on Mort Homme,,, Ils nont pas passe: THEY DID NOT PASS. But obviously at such great cost.Quoted from the website listed:"Mort Homme is a portion of the strategically vital ridge-line that formed the northwest...

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  • MEDIEVAL TOWN

    An important town of the 9th to 13th century, you can tour the 1000 year old Romanesque cathedral atop the old city. Other glimpses of medieval grandeur can be found in the old gates and vestiges of the old city walls.

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  • RIVERFRONT

    The Meuse River has always been an important part Verdun. Boats connect the City to seaports in both Holland and Belgium via a canal and lock system. There are two main quays - the London Quay is lined with cafes where you can sit out along the river.

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  • CERCLE DES OFFICER

    The other main quay is the Republic Quay featuring along the right bank, the grand French Army Officer's Club - Cercle des Officer - a hint of the military importance of this town in times past.

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  • MALANCOURT

    Atop the ruins of an old blockhouse is a Franco-American memorial remembering six companies of the 69th RI who vanished defending the villages of Haucourt and Malancourt during the initial German assaults on Cote 304 of early April 1916. The area was retaken by men of the US 79th Division in the first days of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in...

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  • COTE 304

    Cote 304 was attacked late in March and early in April after the initial assaults on le Mort Homme had been stopped. The Germans eventually would reach the summit on 29 June 1917, but the French would retake the hill on 24 August. The monument remembers the French units which took part in the actions here as well as the 10,000 who died here. There...

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  • LE MORT HOMME

    In March 1916, the Germans enlarged the field of battle from just the right bank of the Meuse to the left, attacking the French first here at Le Mort Homme and later at Cote 304. They were able to take the top of the hill after a month-long battle but were unable to push on from there. The French would eventually retake the hill in August after...

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  • MONUMENT TO COLONEL DRIANT

    LTC Emile Driant was a conservative deputy from Nancy. He was a graduate of the French military academy of St Cyr, but since he was married to the daughter of the slightly infamous General Boulanger, he was barred from high command in the Army. As such, he became a writer as well as a politician. Rejoining the Army with the onset of WWI, he was...

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  • TRANCHEE DES BAIONETTES

    Just to the west of Fort Douaumont and the Ossuary, the Tranchee des Baionettes is to be found. Here waited a group of French poilu - soldiers - in a tench during a particularly heavy German bombardment. When the shelling was over, there was nothing to be found of the soldiers but the bayonettes of their guns poking up through the ground, the...

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  • FORT SOUVILLE

    Built between 1875 and 1877 as a masonry fort similar in design to Douaumont, Souville was partially modernized in 1888. This fort was one of the forts making up the inner ring around Verdun – Douaumont and Vaux were on the outer ring. On 11 July 1916, the Germans launched an attack with some 40,000 which took them to the top of the fort, but they...

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  • RELIGIOUS MEMORIALS AT DOUAUMONT

    The main Ossuary building commemorates the Catholic faith. Three other faith memorials were planned for, but only two have been completed. The Jewish Memorial was finished in 1938 and is to the left of the Ossuary parking lot. On the right side is a new – since 2006 – Muslim Memorial which replaces a former smaller one that was erected in 1959....

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  • ANDRE MAGINOT

    Maginot was a conservative deputy from nearby Bar-le-Duc in 1914 and along with others in the Chamber of Deputies, he volunteered for service with the start of WW1. He served in a regiment – the 44th Territorial Infantry – of which part of made up the garrison at Fort Douaumont. As a sergeant, Maginot was wounded and disabled in November 1914....

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  • FORT DOUAUMONT - TOPSIDE

    You can visit the interior of the fort, but the two times I have been here, I have not had that opportunity. I was able to walk atop the fort, however, and found the ‘business’ end of the fort to be quite interesting.Douaumont was the strongest and most modern of the 28 main forts that made up a double ring around Verdun – Douaumont and its...

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  • FORT DOUAUMONT

    At the start of the war, Germany used big siege guns on the Belgian forts at Liege successfully. French command decided that their forts had been made obsolete and some of the guns were taken out and used elsewhere on the front. Troops were also withdrawn and at the time of the battle, there was a garrison of only 56 reservists in Douaumont. The...

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  • FORT VAUX

    Following the fall of Fort Douamont and the subsequent failure of the Germans to bust straight through to Verdun, the German High command shifted attention to the French flanks - both at Cote 304 and Mort Homme on the left bank of the Meuse and Fort Vaux, on the French right flank. The initial attacks - 8 March to 11 March - were successfully,...

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  • Verdun WWI Museum

    I think this may have been a special exhibit in town when we were there but they had lots of WWI Stuff and it was located right next to the tourism office.

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  • Verdun Monument

    Impressive monument with fountains but not much else to see, there is a little room inside of the monumet that has some flags and maps along with a few people selling books and handing out battlefield guides.

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Hotels

  • Le Privilege

    "Marie-Elise Et Claude Pech, Haudainville", Verdun, 55100, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Etap Hotel Verdun

    Rue Jean Norton-Cru, ZAC Sud Actipôle, Verdun-sur-Meuse, 55100, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Le Village Gaulois

    11, Rue Parge, Marre-par-Charny, Verdun, 55100, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Verdun-sur-Meuse Restaurants

  • Better than review I read

    The upscale restaurant is in the lobby of the hotel across from the check in desk. My with and I were tired since we had been up for about 36 hours so we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal. We were not dressed up at all just slacks and a shirt but that was no problem there was only 4 other people in the restaurant. The interior was very...

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  • On site restaurant

    Although I have no address or photo, I distinctly remember that there is a simple restaurant on the area of the war memorial/war cemetery as described in my Things to Do tips.So you don't need to worry about not bringing food and drink.

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  • The place where upper-class meet...

    Traditional French food in a traditional interior decoration... No surprise: it's rather good, it's quite expensive... Correct price for value: on the average for the category.Also HOTEL. Traditional French food.

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Transportation

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    by F_Meignant Written Sep 26, 2002

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    Verdun can be reached by sailing on the river Meuse.
    There is a small port in the city center itself.
    Information can be found on the website of the local Tourist Info Offices.

    The port.

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Shopping

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    by Klod5 Written May 4, 2007

    Tout ce qu'une femme recherche, souvent en vain :
    Des robes du soir, ou pour de grandes fêtes, des petites robes sexy, et toute une foule d'accessoires (sacs, bijoux fantaisies, boas, écharpes, châpeaux, etc...)

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger de mort

    Certain areas are blocked off and you'd be wise not to trespass when seeing these sites. They are military sites and it is forbidden to enter. Possibly there are still bombs and mines in the area, that's why the warning states: Lethal danger.

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  • Unexploded bombs.

    When walking in the forests around Verdun, you might find remains of WWI. NEVER TOUCH THEM.Walk in the path and never go digging or groping about in the bush. It can be tempting to bring a souvenir back home... But it could be your last one: grenades and shells were made to kill and they still do, almost 90 years later. They are not toys. People...

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  • Let Verdun (and all wars,...

    Let Verdun (and all wars, battles and futile fights) be a warning for the future. No-one is better then anyone else, just different ... to make a fight about these differences will only end in the destruction of us all. Look in the past and learn, may we never forget.

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Off The Beaten Path

  • MONTFAUCON MONUMENT

    In the forests and countryside about 15 km northwest of Verdun is the village of Montfaucon - Mountain of Falcons. High on the hill lies the old ruined village - the newer town rebuilt below and to the west. Towering 200 feet above the ruins is a tall Doric column topped with a replica of the Statue of Liberty. The monument commemorates the victory...

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  • MONTFAUCON RUINS

    The ruined village of Montfaucon dates back to the 6th century and there have been many battles in the area through the millenia. The town suffered repeated pillage in the Hundred Years War and was destroyed twice in the 16th and 17th centuries. Medieval ruins can be visited to the left of the monument column. Montfaucon is far from the only...

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  • AMERICAN CEMETERY AT...

    26 miles/42 km northwest of Verdun is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest American military cemetery outside the US. The cemetery is 7 miles/11 km north of the Montfaucon Monument. Here lie 14,246 Americans killed - mostly dying in the last and largest American offensive of WWI - the Meuse-Argonne. The cemetery is rectangular with a...

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Verdun-sur-Meuse Favorites

  • Rues et quai piétons

    Entièrement rénové depuis peu, le cœur de ville présente un mélange harmonieux de tradition et de modernité. La plupart des rues sont piétonnes ou présentent de larges espaces, bordés d’arbres, dédiés aux promeneurs et aux cyclistes. Les parkings sont situés en proximité immédiate (moins de 2 mn à pied). Le visiteur peut contempler tout à son aise...

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  • Musée de la Princerie

    Hôtel particulier du XVIème siècle présentant de belle collections...Musée d’art et d’Histoire, qui ressuscite le passé de la ville en présentant son histoire à travers des vestiges de la préhistoire au XXème siècle. Jours et horaires d’ouverture : Ouvert tous les jours sauf le mardi du 1er avril au 31 octobre, de 9h30 à 12h et de 14h à 18h. Les...

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  • La chapelle Sainte-Catherine

    Cette chapelle du XIV°s. après avoir appartenu à l’ancien hopital Saint-Sauveur, qui recueillait les pauvres et les enfants trouvés, est aujourd’hui contiguë à la maison de retraite médicalisée Sainte-Catherine.

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Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
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St Mihiel American Cemetery
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Montsec Memorial/ east of St Mihiel
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Montfaucon
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Ghost town of Fleury
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Cote 304
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Douaumont Ossuary and cemetery
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Fort Vaux
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Tranchée des Baïonnettes
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Fort de Douaumont
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War Cemetery
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War memorial
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La Chanson du Printemps
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Le tribunal
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Le théatre
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François de Chevert - Homme de Guerre
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Synagogue
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Salle des décorations de la ville de Verdun
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Nicolas de Verdun
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Les Chemins de l’Histoire
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Le traité de 843
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Le port
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Les enluminures
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Ville à défendre
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Vierge en bois polychrome
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La Citadelle souterraine
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Monument à la Victoire
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Ossuaire de Douaumont
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Palais épiscopal
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Lieux de mémoire
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Porte Saint-Paul
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Monument aux enfants de Verdun
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DOUAMONT CEMETERY
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DOUAMONT OSSUARY
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BATTLE MONUMENTS
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The "Citadelle souterraine" (underground citadel)
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Musée de la Princerie
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