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Verdun Office de tourisme
Place de la Nation Verdun
55100

Tel:+33 (0)3 29 86 14 18
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Verdun is synonymous with the bloodiest battle of the Great War in which approximately a million men died in a year of non-stop fighting.  The Germans had intended to strike a blow to French morale by attacking the forts of Douaumont and Vaux (which had been built to stave off attack after the humiliating defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870).  The result was total devastation with nine villages being totally wiped out.  Even today the land still follows the curves of the shell craters. 

Although a strange site to draw so many visitors it is an instructive one!  The museums, battlefields and memorials serve to remind us of the horrors of war.  One of the most poignant memorials near the railway station is Rodin's winged figure of Victory unable to disentangle its legs from the body of a dead soldier.

What to See - Verdun Attractions

Fort de Vaux
Verdun battlefields, 55100
attacked by the Germans in 1916, the French recaptured the fort 5 months later
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 88 32 88

Fort de Douaumont
Verdun battlefields, 55100
the strongest of the 39 forts built to protect Verdun
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 84 41 91

Ossuaire de Douaumont
Verdun battlefields, 55100
graves of some 130,000 unidentified soldiers
| Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 84 54 81

Memorial de Verdun
Musee Memorial de Fleury, Fleury 55100
recounts the story of the battle of Fleury
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 84 35 34

Braquier factory
rue du Fort de Vaux, Verdun 55100
where the famous Verdun Dragees or sugard almonds are produced
| Admission charge | Opening Times: weekdays

Porte Chaussee
rue Chaussee, Verdun 55100
originally part of the city walls this gate later served as a prison

Monument la Victoire
overlooking rue Mazel, Verdun 55100
a Victory memorial of a warrior

Cathedrale Notre Dame
place Monseigneur Ginisty, Verdun 55100
Verdun' cathedral mixes Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily

Centre Mondiale de la Paix
place Monseigneur Ginisty, Verdun 55100
a world centre for peace and human rights
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 86 55 00

Citadelle Souterraine
ave du 5e RAP, Verdun 55100
7km of underground passageways that were used as living quarters by soldiers waiting to fight on the frontline
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 86 62 02

Musee de la Citadelle Militaire
La Citadelle, Verdun 55100
audio visual display of Verdun's role in WWI
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)3 29 86 14 18