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Fort Eben-Emael

Address: Rue du Fort 40, Eben-Emael 4690, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 (0)4 286 28 61
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums

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English first
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212 reviews 212 reviews
175 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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184 reviews 184 reviews
82 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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Brussels, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

A great and well-preserved site from WWII, kept alive by the many stories of volunteer guides (some ex-military). Carefully check opening times to avoid disappointment, but then enjoy the 2-3 hour guided tour along the 5 km of tunnels.

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Lanaken, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This huge museum is one of the best-preserved World War 2 sites globally. Inside you will find a few kilometers of tunnels with various barracks, command posts, prisons, gun positions, ... Tours take place from May-October on sundays. The tour starts at 13:30 sharp, so be sure to be on time. Entrance fee is 6 euros P.P. The guides are... More 

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