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Review of Citadel of Bitche

Citadel of Bitche
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Bitche
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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114 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“I liked it but...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

I liked it but I'm a history buff. The Franco-Prussian war is not everyone's cup of tea so this may be too much of a "niche" site for the average consumer. If you have a passion for history, especially this era then take this in. If not, you may not find the visit worth your time. Parking lot at the base of the citadel requires a pretty steep walk up of about 300 meters and would be a problem for those with mobility issues. I have visited this site before, about 11 years ago and was disappointed that the underground section was not accessible.

Visited April 2013
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Interesting site but take a jacket!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Entry to the citadel is very reasonable costing 10 euros for entry and an audio tour. The audio tour is good although I wish I understood French as the English (American) translation was dubious at some points. The guide does give you a background understanding of events in the citadel but is probably to long and serious for children. We went on a very cold weekend but I think even in summer I would say take a jacket as you are in the citadel for at least an hour and it is freezing however there is a very reasonably priced cafe for cake and coffee to warm you up.

Parking is also free and there was plenty of spaces.

Visited April 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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1,014 reviews
443 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 830 helpful votes
“It dominates the horizon”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

The fortress is the first thing you see as you approach the town from any direction. Many of these relatively recent fortresses no longer exist. Of those that do, the Citadel is pretty typical. If you have not seen a fortress of this scale and are in the area, go see it. It is not worth an extra trip, unless you have some specific interest in the town, area or fortresses in general. I would also recommend going when the weather is good. It is not fun in the rain or snow - unless you want to relive the soldiers' misery.

Visited August 2012
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Landstuhl, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Incredible fortress”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Huge fortress in Alsace. Self-guided tour, by way of videos projected onto the walls at various way points, goes a long way to creating a sense of what it was like for the men encamped there, protecting the region.

Visited March 2012
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Impressive audio/video experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We hit on this Citadel of B i t c h e, a big fortification from the 1870 period, situated on top of a hill above B i t c h e by chance, traveling north from Strasbourg through the green, hilly and quiet North Vosges.

The audio/video presentation is impressive and give a quite personal sense of being witness to the events which led to the surrender of this French fort to the Germans, even when France as a country had already surrendered for some time. The a/v system is such that you walk from spot to spot in a small group, and each time when you reach a place of interest underground, a projector and your headset will start. The scenes are quite realistic, appear sometimes gruesome and parents with young kids should be prepared for this.

But the effect of the link between the video scenes and their location with the same place where you will be watching history unfold, is amazing.

All in all, when we came out in the open again, we had the feeling to have been witness to a (to us until then unknown) event with great emotional attachment.

Definitely worth a detour even though B i t c h e itself seems a bit dull.
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Visited September 2012
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