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Vieil Armand

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Address: 20 Vieil Armand | Route des Cretes 47 degrees 51' 36.0" N 7 degrees 09' 38.5" E, 68700 Wattwiller, France
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+33 3 89 75 50 35
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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for 3 years french and german trooops fought in trenches here for a piece of land. this site shows how it had been the WW1 and it can't be missed. choose a sunny day because you... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2016
Stefania C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016

for 3 years french and german trooops fought in trenches here for a piece of land. this site shows how it had been the WW1 and it can't be missed. choose a sunny day because you have to walk for 2/3 hours, mostly in the shade because nature took over and covered again the hill, after the war tore down... More 

Thank Stefania C
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2016

Fascinating war memorial site where the battle for the top of the Vosges mountains took place in WW1. 30,000 soldiers lost their lives here. You are able to walk around the forest and the paths were it all took place. You can see the original rusted barbed wire along the way and see the trenches. It is very interesting and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2015

Experience the past by walking through the original, French and German trenches of world war 1 at Hartmannswillerkopf. Look into shelters. Hide yourself in dugouts. See pieces of the old barbed wire fences. Imagine the guns within the gun emplacements. Find old observation posts and German bunkers. Find out what the different strategies and capabilities of both sides were. Finish... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2015

verry nice war mémorial, in the woods, verry quite, charged with a lot of history events, From the top of the hill you will be able to see Germany and in the woods thers topics of life on the camp during the war.

2 Thank hummungus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2015

Hartmannswillerkopf, also known as Vieil Armand, is simply incredible. It was a battlefield on top of a mountain, with extremely steep sides all round, where the French and Germans fought for most of the Great War. It's impossible to see all the 90 Km of trenches or 6,000 separate dugouts, shelters and other structures, but you don't need to. What... More 

3 Thank InningsUk
Federal Way, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2015

Second time we have gone out of our way to go there. There have been some changes made for the Great War Centennial. You are limited now in areas you can access. This is always an informative and worthwhile trip and we will likely visit again.

1 Thank rubbertgator
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2015

WWI french war memorial,cemetery, This is an impressive memorial, unlike many others I observed in Alsace. Perhaps this is because it is a WWI memorial.? You will not fail to be awed. The memorial consists of a large concrete construction and an underground crypt,with French cemetery nearby. The website refers to opening hours but this relates to the underground crypt... More 

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Reviewed May 2, 2015

Hartmannswillerkopf (Viel Armand) is the French national cemetery for the soldiers killed on this part of the Vosges line just north of Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, France. It is a beautiful site, lofted high on the mountain ridges of the Vosges as the tower above the Alsatian plain. Our view that day, with clouds and some haze, extended well past Basel, Switzerland... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2014

It is not a pretty part of history, but when you are in the neighborhood, you need to stop here. Very impressive site from the first world war. Site gives you a good overview what happened and how the war evolved. The cemetary is breathtaking, you get silent when you stand there in the middle of thousands of crosses. All... More 

Thank Nico S
Liss, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a very impressive WW1 battle site, with much of the trenches left in very good condition. You can feel the barbed wire crunching under your feet! I would allow a good 2-3 hrs to complete the walk from the cemetery up to the cross at the summit. It's a pretty stiff walk in places! But the view from... More 

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