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“Lots of places to see around this area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Verdun Battlefield

Verdun Battlefield
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Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Verdun and Meuse-Argonne Battlefields
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Verdun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lots of places to see around this area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

We spent a family holiday locally and kept returning to this area - A visit the Ossary was humbling - be sure to go up the tower and view the graveyard - What a terrible waste of life! - Fout Vaux and Douamont forts well worth visiting - Disappointing that the Verdun Memorial (More a museum that a memorial) was closed - Don't go to the, alternatively suggested, Centre de la Prix Mondial - not a good exhibition! DO take time to go to the American Cemetery and Monument - not strictly Verdun Battle related, but covers the same geographic area, but later operations by the US Army in the area (1918)

Visited July 2014
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“A very worthwhile visit for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

You do not need to be a World War 1 historian to enjoy a visit to the Verdun area. Take the City Tour in the open air bus. Get on and off at several very interesting sites. A must is the Douaumont Ossuary at the National Cemetery. The trip cost €8 and the commentary is in English.

Stroll along the Quai De Londres (London Quay) and watch the river Meuse or stop and have a drink at one of the many bars. Great atmosphere.

Visited June 2014
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Colmar, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“A hundred years ago I `d be crying”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

A hundred years ago one of the greatest insanities in the history of the human race started its destruction of life and property over a large part of the planet. A young student with a febrile mind and ideas about changing something, shot the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, and all hell broke lose. Literally. If you go to Verdun in the northeast of France, you`ll get quite a good idea about what this hell was like.
For instance: On the Battlefields just outside the little city, the earth is compleletely uneven and looking like something out av a fairytale. Because of all the 60 million cannonballs that fell on this area in 300 days and nights of pure hell. The lush vegetation that you se now, was a moonscape in 1916.
I am not going into the whole history thing, but visiting Verdun gives you a very clear idea of what War - and Peace - is about. The great Citadelle on the outskirts of town, where you are whsiked through several tableaus on a little wagon, to the forts around the city, most notably Douaumont, whre you can wander through the dark, dank, claustrofobic world that the defenders lived in. And you can go on to the cemeteries where 15.000 known, and 30.000 unidentified Young men lies under the ground, wondering what they gave their lives for. Perhaps for the rosebush in front of every white cross?
The ossuary is the ultimate horror story. The sceletal remains of 130.000 young men of various nationalities are assembled here in a towering tribute to the dead. Wish they had honoured them a bit more when they were still alive ...
We had the enormous pleasure of seeing the "Son & Lumiere" performance in one of the old quarries around the city. 900 voluntaries take part in the preparation of this rendering of "The Great War". It is one of the best perfomances I have seen anywhere,all done by amateurs! The great tableaus, the special effects, the heartrendering perfomancies .- all of it left us with tears running down our cheeks.
The hopeful ending with the flags, the local people, and the wonderful fireworks is enough to give you a bit of hope about our common future....

Visited June 2014
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Nieuwendijk, The Netherlands
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“The total destruction ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

It is a very impressive experience to drive and hike through this area. Large parts of the former battlefield are kept as original as possible and the area with the many craters shows the total devastation that has occurred here.
It is highly recommended to walk here, because there is a lot to see. Be sure to stay on the trails.

Visited June 2014
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“This cemetery gives you a good perspective of the Battle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

If you only see one attraction in Verdun make it the battlefield. The cemetery is overwhelming and the landscape is unreal. How did anyone survive this? I recommend it to military and non-military alike. The grounds alone are enough but you can also pay to go inside the memorial.

Visited March 2014
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