Fort de Douaumont

Interesting
Built in 1885 and reinforced several times up to 1913, Douaumont fort was covered with a concrete shell and several metres of sand. This strategical observatory was taken by the Germans at the beginning of the Battle of Verdun, then re-taken by French eight months later. Galleries, casemates and arsenals show that the fort was an important stronghold. A chapel marks the site of a walled-up gallery where 679 German soldiers, killed in the accidental explosion of an ammunitions store, were buried on 8 May 1916.

Useful information

Address:

Champs de Bataille, 55100 Douaumont

Phone:

+33 3 29 84 41 91

Price:

4 € (-16 years old 2 €)

Opening hours

Jul-Aug: 10am-7pm; May-Jun: 10am-6.30pm; rest of year: telephone for timetable - closed Dec-Jan

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