up to the Verdun Museum and Memorial you pass the Souville Bunker where
the German attack on Verdun was stopped.
next stop is at the "Wounded Lion". This Memorial marks
oficially the point of the clostest German Advance on Verdun. Not quite
right because the German troops came as far as Fort Souville, some
houndred feet closer to the town ~ who cares.
Then make a stop to visit the Verdun Museum and Memorial. The impressive museum offers a phantastic collection of Uniforms, Weaponry, Vehicles and displays. The everyday struggle to survive of the French "Poilou" (Fr. word for soldier) and his counterpart the German "Landser"(Ger. word for soldier).
Here you can get a depressing insight look of the mass murder at Verdun.
the museum head for the ossuary and stop at the destroyed village of Fleurie.
beginning of the construction was August the 22nd 1920. Marshal Petain
the defender of Verdun was present on this day. It
is 37 metres in length, lang and the bell weighs about 2300 kg.
Inside is a memorial chapel and above the crypts are names of the
battlefields inscribed where the remains of the soldiers were found.
Have a look throu the little windows from where you see the remains of the 130.000 unknown soldiers.
In the evening you should go to one of the many restaurants at the river Meuse and enjoy the beautiful old town that was rebuilt after WWI.
breakfast check out of the hotel and leave around 07:30 to have
enough time to see more of the battlefields of Verdun.
give you an idea of what happened there you should imagine that the
preperatory fire of the German attacks for June 22nd and 23rd 1916 the
German artillery fired about 100.000 grenades along the front.
Fort was built in 1885 and reinforced until 1913.
In 1915 the guns were taken out of the Fort and on the 25th of February 1916 the Douaumont is taken by the Germans .
was retaken on October the 24th 1916 at a tremendous cost of French
After visiting the Douaumont you
should have a short visit to Fort Vaux