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sus_scorfa wrote a review Nov 2019
15 contributions18 helpful votes
Despite it got blown up during WW1, it is very well preserved. The fort itself is a experience, with all the rooms with their history shown. Even better with the audio-guide.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Larry Scallan wrote a review Apr 2019
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We visited Fort Loncin last Thursday having pre arranged for our group visit by email. We were met at 10am and had what I can only call an excellent guided tour from our guide. The Fort tells a very emotive story of the early days of World War one. We were very impressed with the level of knowledge and the honour that the Fort holds for its Garrison.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Freddy Joseph H wrote a review Apr 2019
Awans, Belgium30 contributions26 helpful votes
amazing site; fort that refused to surender during the first days of 1914; fort blown up with 250 soldiers killed. national monument. fort is worthwhile to be seen
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Date of experience: March 2019
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texasmm wrote a review Jul 2018
Texas104 contributions43 helpful votes
This fort and museum are ABSOLUTELY worth a visit. The museum explains the battle of Liege, the first major battle of WW1, superbly, and on a light up map it shows the different forts around the city, the defenses and the order of events. The museum also contains an impressive number of artifacts, several of them are ‘one of a kind’ and will not be seen elsewhere. Take note of the size of the big bertha replica shell and the size of shell the fort was built to withstand. Upon entry the volunteers will give you a paper guide for the museum, and by reading this as you examine the various displays you will learn an incredible amount. After visiting the museum you collect an excellent audio guide for the fort itself. The audio guide works off detecting radar points as you move around the fort. You should note that the fort is a national necropolis, since over 350 soldiers are still buried below the ground in the destruction of this site. The explosion and destruction is evident and makes it very moving. There are several parts of the fort which you can go into and learn about what life was like, some of the soldiers stories, and the battle. In one building (the 2nd one you visit) there are loud sound effects that simulate the sound of the attacks from the artillary, including the big bertha. Whilst it is a bit scary, it is very effective in helping us really learn about what was experienced here, and therefore in gaining a deeper understanding. This fort also has a 57mm operational gun turret, fired annually only on November 11th and August 15th at 5.20pm. You need to allow about 2 - 2.5 hrs for the visit, if you are going to visit it thoroughly, although you could probably complete it in 1.5hrs if you are crunched for time. This fort shows very real history. It is quite moving and emotional at times. The main explosion area still very much shows the destruction of the Big Bertha shells that fired upon it 25 times before the final explosion of the ammunition’s destroyed it, burying so many men. The site is only open 2pm-6pm with last entry at 4.30pm, but it is WELL WORTH working around these hours to visit this volunteer run site. As a small side note, we had visited Verdun (Fort Douamont and Fort Vaux) and reference had been made there to the destruction suffered at Liege. It was very interesting to be able to visit both sites (amongst many other sites during our historical tour of Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany) to see it and understand it for ourselves. If you are able to take in both sites during your trip I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Gtravelgirl wrote a review Jun 2017
Mons, Belgium142 contributions105 helpful votes
This is a great historical fort and memorial of WWI. We took our two young daughter, ages 5 and 6, and one of them was a bit frightened by the sound effects inside the fort (they make it seem like it is being attacked); however, this did enhance the experience of the visit. You can get a real sense of what the German attack was like at this location. It does have limited hours. I believe they allow people inside only between 2:00-4:30 and then close up when the last person leaves or 6:00. It is open most days of the week unlike several other war sites in the area.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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