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Fort Eben-Emael

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Address: Rue du Fort 40, Eben-Emael 4690, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)4 286 28 61
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Best ww2 site

We visited in May and had a brilliant time. Probably there most interesting site I have visited. The condition of the runnels and exhibits is beautiful. Probably because the fort... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We visited in May and had a brilliant time. Probably there most interesting site I have visited. The condition of the runnels and exhibits is beautiful. Probably because the fort still belongs to the Army and has been very well maintained.the guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a 2.5 hour tour which passed very quickly. Access is available to... More 

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Calne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Our guide Gerard took us through what seemed like miles of tunnels around this amazing maze of linked gun positions overlooking the Albert Canal. The story of how crack German airborne troops defeated the fort using gliders to assault it from above is remarkable and breath taking. Today the interior of the fort has been fully restored and is a... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Fort Eben-Emael is usually only opened one weekend each month. We were lucky enough that it was also open on the Belgian National holiday, the day we wished to visit. Our visit was very interesting. Tours were available in a variety of languages, and we joined an English group. Our guide then led us to all the different parts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Belgians built this fort in the 1920s and 1930s to stop the resurgent Germany using the Maas valley as a short cut to sweeping into Flanders, the Channel ports and Paris. Fixed guns could be used to shower German forces with high explosive anti personnel shells, giving the French a vital 2 days to mobilise and backstop the Belgian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The fort may be a bit out of the way, but I absolutely recommend booking a private tour ahead of time and making your way there. Our guide was Johann--an ex-military volunteer who is engaging, passionate, and highly knowledgable about history. If you have any doubt about the meaning of "Generals fight the last battle," this tour will forever illuminate... More 

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Utrecht
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This visit was excellent because of the great tour, in which the historic significance of the place is outlined very clearly and elaborately. You really get an good overview of what happened. Although you have to climb some stairs, I think the tour is doable also for older people, if they are still into biking and/or walking. Note that the... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very nice historic place. Just a pity that the opening hours are limited. Check opening hours before you go. Take some warm clothes with you. Not for disabled or older people because of the great number of steps.

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Oak Ridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Go see this fort. Run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers, this fort offers everyone an excellent outing. For the history buff, the battle and the events speak for themselves. You can learn innovation, decisional blindness, as well as good planning and heroism on both sides of the conflict. Look at the website because the fort is not open... More 

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Alberta Canada
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21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a must see site and tour for people who have travelled to this country to see WWI and WWII sites. It is essential to check the web site to be sure they are open to plan appropriately and if you are planning ahead check the different events going on. We were there this past weekend with a full... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

During high season the Fort Eben-Emael opens its heavy steel doors one weekend every month to give you an inside view on what presumably was - or should have been - the strongest fortification against any possible attack by NAZI Germany. However, the defense didn't work out all that well. Tour guides will go at length to show you around... More 

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