La Main de Massiges
La Main de Massiges
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Kelly B
Iowa5,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We drove to these trenches after visiting the museum in Verdun (about a 30 minute drive).

There’s no admission fee; you park alongside the road and start exploring. We had the entire place to ourselves for the first half hour, and then another car load of people rolled up. You can climb down in the trenches, walk through them, and walk above them. It was amazing and surreal.
Written November 7, 2023
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RichardVUK
United Kingdom841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Not well signposted or advertised, no admission charge, no visitor centre, no Canadian student volunteers, just one great big archaeological dig site. having spent time on the Somme, there is nothing like this there. You really feel spookily as if you are about to go over the top. You can get lost in the trench system which is much more extensive than it seems possible from the entrance. The car park is in a field and you simply observe the notice which tells you that you proceed at your own risk. there are many artefacts and a few chilling signs such as the one announcing the discovery of the body of an unknown German soldier here in May 2014 (A month before our visit). The site is evolving all the time and is, with out doubt the most realistic of the WW1 sites. Wear sturdy old shoes or boots and expect to get dirty with the chalk from which the trenches are hewn. SImply amazing. There are no facilities, no disabled access, no toilets. Not suitable for the infirm or disabled. It remains how it was in 1918.
Written July 15, 2014
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dianne m
manchester478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
This place has the most huge restored trench system ever, bigger than any other I've ever seen and restored to an incredible standard. This is closer to stepping back 100 years than anywhere else on the western front. Unmissable. You'll need transport though because it truly is in the middle of totally nowhere. There are no facilities either.
Written July 7, 2017
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vinoturistico
seattle40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Local group has excavated a portion of the trench system in this strategic area. Local group can provide a guided tour in French if you arrange by email. Combine with Chemin des Dames and memorials close to Massiges to get a better idea of the scope and devastation of World War 1 in this area. Artifacts are the real thing. Multiple bodies have been recovered from excavations. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to be outside on an exposed hilltop. Excavations are relatively recent. Almost all done by local volunteers who want to preserve the history of this strategic site
Written January 22, 2014
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K Mansfield
Chelsworth, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
I've visited many battlefields and trench systems over the years but I've never seen anything quite like this. Extraordinary excavation - admirable dedication. Fascinating - and not a soul there. Like another reviewer, I worried a bit about the safety of the archaeology and the artefacts lying around. We didn't find it at all difficult to find - just go to Le Main de Massiges, or put it in your satnav, and then follow the signs to the site. I know less about the French in WW1 than the British, so more information would have been good. There was some, but naturally in French. Powerful and moving - even more so for the lack of other tourists.
Written September 18, 2016
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LFW173
Washington, DC96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
These excavated trenches are on private land. Use Google Maps as others have recommended and then follow the signs. By the time we stopped here, we had already visited battlefield sites in the Somme, at Ypres and around Verdun. This was, by far, the most interesting and realistic. Because there is little vegetation growing around the excavations, you have a better feel for what it might have been like - absent the gunfire.

Visitors can climb down into the trenches and explore the whole area at their own pace. It would not be accessible to anyone with mobility issues.

We are so impressed with the volunteers and professionals who maintain this place and make it available. On the day we visited, there was a small group of French army officers still taking in lessons after 100 years.
Written June 8, 2019
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Magnus M
Gran Municipality, Norway80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Two words: Google Maps. Found this open air “museum” (cause its apparentlynot really considered a museum) by simply tapping the location on Google Maps and following the GPS. GM decided to send us up the “back road” though, but on the way down we found several signs showing the way up, so not sure how people get lost..

In any case, I got this place recommended by the guy behind the Battles of the First World War, when I asked for a location which still had the trenches more or less intact. And it sure does! The land is (like I assume most farmland around Verdun is) private, so hence this location is private and not operated by a regional or national museum. Its free to visit, but an emphasis on respectful conduct while visiting is requested.

And what a site it is! The original trenches, dugouts and shell craters have been excavated, remains have been found and untold number of duds, bottles, crates, shoes etsc have been found also. You can walk among in the trenches, into dugouts, some which are quite big, look at the fortified concrete artillery observation post and generally get a real good feel about how life on the front must have been.

I think you’d be hard pressed not to add this site onto your list of Verdun sites to be seen. The signs are all in french, but you get the general gist. Tourgroups and groupings larger than 10 are requested to make an appointment before hand. Solo or with a family can come as they wish.
Written August 11, 2018
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Yannick M
Saint Louis, France316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
A place of history you have to see when travelling in the East. Much has been written about it. I can simply add that it will be a good experience for kids and teens. What is also an interesting fact is local archeologists keep digging and finding objects or "bodies". Evenso there is no guided tour, you might meet with a local gentleman who will tell you all about it, if speking french.
Written September 6, 2017
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Chris24804766
Fareham, Hampshire279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Took a detour on the way to Verdun to see this place. Despite it being the most inaccessible and unsignposted spot you can imagine, it was truly worth the hassle of reaching it. We had the place to ourselves for a whole hour. Painstaking work has gone into the restoration of this tiny part of the front line. The chalky ground and lack of grass and trees gives a very good insight into what it must have been like to live in the trenches - on a quiet sunny summers day of course!
Highly recommended.
Written August 5, 2017
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Kevin M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
a terrific and thought provoking Historic site. I worry a bit about the archeaology and lack of security but it is well worth a visit. Directions are a bit 'casual' but follow the hand written 1914-18's and you'll find it. It does give some idea of what a trench system would have been like here. It was almost deserted when we visited apart from the volunteers beavering away.We travelled from Peronne to get to it and it was a fairly long trip, so bear this in mind. We considerd it well worth the trip.worth wearing boots or decent footwear
Written May 9, 2016
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