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“Interesting tour, very informative, and in excellent condition”
Review of Simserhof

Simserhof
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Bitche
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Before going, make sure you make a reservation. Tours are in French, German, and English but you must reserved beforehand to ensure they provide a tour in your language. As others have mentioned, you watch a short film at the beginning talking about the reasons the Maginot Line was built, what happened in that area during the war, and the aftermath. Then you take a train tour in the tunnel followed by a guided tour showing you where the soldiers worked, ate, bathed, medical facilities, and so on. Overall, I think it lasted about 3 hours and it's very cold in there (10°C / 50°F). And go to the bathroom before you start the tour because there are no bathroom facilities down there.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A trip to the Maginot line is a must if you are in the area. Do call and book your visit in advance as English speaking tours are only available at certain times of the day and you could have a long wait if you o not call before hand.

There is free parking at the site, you do have a 5minute walk through some woodland on a gravel path so if members of your party are not so able you may wish to drive them down to the visitor centre before parking.

The visits costs 12 euros, which is excellent value. This includes a walking tour around the barracks and workshops which lasts around 1 hour 15 min. There is also an audio visual tour where you watch a film for 15 min and then have a 30 minute tour on a train through the ammunition area. It is cold inside so remember to take a jacket or jumper.

The tour is very good and gives you a great insight into the everyday life of soldiers who were stationed at Simershof. I would say the tour would probably be too long to capture the attention of young children.

There is a cafe selling drinks and hot and cold food, there are also picnic benches to eat outside when there is nice wether.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Being among the oldest baby boomers, we are acutely aware of how little World War II history we know, and how even less our children know. So, on a hot day in July, we decided it was time to see what the Maginot Line was really all about. What a magnificent site (as well as a testament to war planning folly)! The tour of the ammunition facilities via the automated train was very interesting, but the tour of the barracks, power facilities, and other areas led by a very articulate, witty guide was fascinating. Plan on about 3 hours to cover both, and while the cautions to bring a jacket are appropriate, we found the underground temperatures very pleasant, even in short sleeves (but then we're Americans used to air conditioning). One bit of advice--it's not obvious at the parking lot off the highway that there is a road down to parking very near to the facility. We didn't see that and took the "pietons" trail down into the valley (very steep in places). So unless you want a longish hike down and then back up, look for the road down the hill on the left side of the parking lot.

1  Thank MHerisson
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Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

After a 15 mins slide/film show you spend 45 mins underground on the train. It is chilly so do not forget a coat. Visits are run in English so you won't miss anything. The sights and sounds are good and there is plenty to learn. The walk to the entrance is a little steep and long so if you have problems, drive down.
The shop and restaurant are good and modern. Don't miss this place.

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