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“Excellent if you like WWII history”

Fort de Pre-Giroud 39-45
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Vallorbe
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is an underground fortress in excellent condition. The main lift still works and the big guns swivel - you can use the telescopic sight to aim them at anything in the valley. There a 100+ rifles in the racks outside the sleeping quarters and the kitchen looks like it could be fired-up immediately to cook a meal for 200 soldiers.

What is particularly interesting is how the bunkers are disguised as farm houses and that the Swiss were worried about Hitler coming through their border with southern France as early as 1936.

The fort is a 10 minute drive from Vallorbe through farmland and forest - a great break from the motorway. It is well sign posted from the town. You need to go on the tour (check their website for tour times) to see the fort, and although it was in French, we were provided with good notes in English (also in German, Italian and a few other languages). The guide was enthusiastic and allowed us a good look around and to move the big guns and machine guns. The kids loved that, and to tell the truth, I did too. It's cold inside (10 degrees). The ticket office kindly provides spare coats, but they need of a wash, so best to bring your own. Also, it's a bit stuffy and confined - not good if you are claustrophobic. There are some stairs to climb, but it's not difficult and you can catch the lift up at the end.
When you are back in the town, or anywhere in the valley, you can see the farmhouse/bunker and know that you are being secretly watched by its guns.
I really enjoyed it.

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