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“Learn and enjoy - bring a jacket”

Ouvrage du Simserhof
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Bitche
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Visiting friends just over the border (Germany) led to the usual what do you want to do today. Hey, I know, isn't some of the Maginot Line around here. Yes indeed it is. Off we went and it was an great experience.

In brief parking is limited, two lots, upper (best chance, longest walk); and lower (really small but short walk). We got lucky (rain and cold will do that) and arrived to the buildings easily. Do take a jacket no matter the weather as it is about 14-15C inside (about 56-59F) mos tdays we were told. The train tour was easy to get, again the cold and rain effect, so off we went for the English tour so we could all discuss was we saw and heard equally afterwards.

It's a good history lesson in the area, two cultures and their rivalries/history, military thinking and political thinking.and a bit of what happens if you just don't quite think it all the way through or finish your work.

A very good computer generated but based upon literal personal accounts type of tour. The wolking tour we were told covers far more area and provides other details and information but, we just didn't feel like doing that so..train, the movie, some brats & a bier before departing back to the house.

A great time out and they say the tour has a few versions so, we imagine that one can do it at least twice and likely see new stuff. Perhaps more than that but...at least.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Very informative tour of this major fort on the Maginot Line. Good WWII review from a French perspective. The walking tour underground was particularly interesting, although it may not be possible for those with mobility issues. To access the entrance down into the tour area, one must be able to walk a little distance up a sloped path, and be able to walk a fair 1.5 hours, without restroom facilities. An elderly member of our group was unable to complete this part of the visit. There is an old creaky elevator down into the underground, but for the general tours a stairway of 149 steps (both directions) is part of the tour. Do remember a jacket or sweater as it is about 10* Celsius below ground and quite damp. The cafe was adequate and restroom facilities are only available in the main part of the visitor center, not once you are underground. The tour guide we had was very pleasant, professional and full of information and able to answer any questions our group had in English. We arrived at 10 AM and were one of the first tour groups, and left by 1:30. Our reservation was for 10:30. A good time to go, as it was much busier when we were ready to leave. Most ages would enjoy this.

2  Thank whatnext4us
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Allow plenty of time - I was there 4.5 hours what with waiting for tours to start. But it is worth it. Take it all in - the film, automatic train ride, and especially the walking tour. Basic catering on site which you'll need as you'll be there so long. Modern visitor centre and very professionally done overall.

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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Before going, make sure you make a reservation. Tours are in French, German, and English but you must reserved beforehand to ensure they provide a tour in your language. As others have mentioned, you watch a short film at the beginning talking about the reasons the Maginot Line was built, what happened in that area during the war, and the aftermath. Then you take a train tour in the tunnel followed by a guided tour showing you where the soldiers worked, ate, bathed, medical facilities, and so on. Overall, I think it lasted about 3 hours and it's very cold in there (10°C / 50°F). And go to the bathroom before you start the tour because there are no bathroom facilities down there.

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

A trip to the Maginot line is a must if you are in the area. Do call and book your visit in advance as English speaking tours are only available at certain times of the day and you could have a long wait if you o not call before hand.

There is free parking at the site, you do have a 5minute walk through some woodland on a gravel path so if members of your party are not so able you may wish to drive them down to the visitor centre before parking.

The visits costs 12 euros, which is excellent value. This includes a walking tour around the barracks and workshops which lasts around 1 hour 15 min. There is also an audio visual tour where you watch a film for 15 min and then have a 30 minute tour on a train through the ammunition area. It is cold inside so remember to take a jacket or jumper.

The tour is very good and gives you a great insight into the everyday life of soldiers who were stationed at Simershof. I would say the tour would probably be too long to capture the attention of young children.

There is a cafe selling drinks and hot and cold food, there are also picnic benches to eat outside when there is nice wether.

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