The Fort of Douaumont
Situated in 388metres altitude, the Fort of Douaumont dominates the battlefield. Its building starts in 1884.
Rebuilt several times and equipped with the most powerful artillery rooms of the epoch, it is considered to be the centrepiece of the fortification ring protecting the city of Verdun in 1914.
Due to the lack of means of defence the Fort of Douaumont falls into the hands of the Germans on 25th February 1916.
Designed to accommodate 650 people, it will shelter almost 3 000 German soldiers during 8 months. After numerous extremely murderous attempts of retaking the fort, people have to wait until 24th October 1916 so that the colonial infantry troops of Morocco are able to recapture it.
Inside the building the visiting takes place on 2 of 3 levels. You will notably see the shafts, the bunkers, a machine gun turret, a155mm retracting gun turret (model Galopin) and a German necropolis in memory of the 679 victims of the terrible explosion on 8th May 1916.
- Possibility of guided tours (duration: 45 minutes)
- February / March: 10am – 5pm
- April: 10am – 6pm
- May, June: 10am – 6:30pm
- July, August: 10am – 7pm
- September: 10am – 6pm
- October: 10am – 5:30pm
- November: 10am – 5pm
Douaumont Fort will closed from 30th november 2015 to february 2016
- Adults : 4 €
- Children from 8 to 16 years : 2 €
- Children younger than 8 years : for free
- Pupils/students, “ambassadeurs de Lorraine”, Soldiers, Veterans, older than 60 years, jobseeker : 3 € - on presentation of the card
- Combined ticket 2 forts : 6,5 €
- Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) : 10 €