|Fort of Douaumont|
|Shell Craters of the Verdun Battlefield.|
Verdun Battlefield can be visited from Paris as a day trip by minibus tours or as a private guided or self-drive tour. A visit of the Verdun battlefields should include:
- Fort of Douaumont- A heavily armed concrete fort built in the rock used as a system of defense. You can tour 3 levels of galleries , observations platforms, gun turrets, barrack rooms. As a young officer, Charles de Gaulle was stationed and fought at the Douaumont Fort.
- Douaumont Ossuary- It contains the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers French, German and others.
- Douaumont Military Cemetery-facing the Douaumont Memorial, here lay over 16,000 French soldiers who died on the battle field making it the largest French military cemetery.
- Bayonets Trench Monument-symbolizing the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches.
- Verdun Memorial-newly reopened. It displays photos, memorabilia, armament, uniforms, and vehicles used during the batttle.
- Destroyed Villages - Nine villages in the fighting zone were totally razed during the battle of Verdun. All that remain are markers symbolizing the outlines of the houses and public buildings. These ghost villages are moving memorials of the ravage of war.
- Underground Citadel in Verdun- The logistic and command center during the Battle of Verdun. After the war, it is in the underground citadel that the selection of the unknown soldier to be buried under the Arc de Triomphe took place. On a tour of the Citadel, you can view a reconstitution of this ceremony.
In 1984, French President Francois Mitterrand and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, met at the Douaumont Memorial and held hand for a brief moment as a sign of European reconciliation and friendship.
To book your tour of Verdun and other WWI battlefields, contact Enchanted France or call us toll free 866 313 2856.
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