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Northeast France isn't a regular tourist destination -- most visitors don't venture past Reims, with its gorgeous cathedral and Champagne culture. But just a bit farther east is a city worth visiting, one that is well-known among World War I buffs: Verdun.

Founded by the Celtic Gauls more than 2,000 years ago, Verdun is located on the River Meuse near the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. It was the site of the longest and most brutal battle of World War I, the Battle of Verdun, which raged through most of 1916. The German and French sides suffered a combined 700,000 casualties, and although the French won, the victory was seen as a blight on the war because of the sheer number of soldiers wounded, lost or dead. The losses were ultimately deemed unnecessary.

The battlefield, which is only six square miles, can still be visited today. There are also several cemeteries and memorials in the area around Verdun where people from around the world can pay their respects to the fallen. The most visited is the Douaumont ossuary, a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives. Although moving, the ossuary is not for the faint of heart; there are piles of actual human bones throughout the structure.

However, the museum itself is astounding, and both the monument and the cemetery of more than 16,000 graves are must-see attractions for those looking to gain perspective on the scale of what soldiers from both sides darkly nicknamed "The Hell of Verdun."

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The ossuary is located in Douaumont off route D913, and it is closed from Christmas Day through Valentine's Day each year. In February and March, it is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. During the rest of the year, it is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The cost per adult is 6.00€, with discounts for children, students, seniors and service-persons in uniform.
Address: Verdun, France
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Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Verdun and Meuse-Argonne BattlefieldsDay Trips

Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Verdun and Meuse-Argonne Battlefields

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Spend a day in the French countryside exploring World War I history on a day trip to Verdun and Meuse-Argonne from Paris. These two important battlefields help make history come alive, with assistance from a knowledgeable guide. Hear about these famous battles and visit notable landmarks and cemeteries. See the Douaumont Ossuary and Fort of Douaumont, the Romagne War Museum, the Battlefield of Verdun, the Trench of Bayonets and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. It's the largest cemetery for fallen American soldiers in all of Europe. Tour group size limited to 18 to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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VERDUN battlefield tour, guide & entry tickets includedHistorical & Heritage Tours

VERDUN battlefield tour, guide & entry tickets included

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Turn back the time and discover "the hell of Verdun", one of the most important and terrifying battles of the first world war. Through this tour, thanks to your guide, you will understand the specificities of this battle, walking on the path of the soldiers, visiting the fortifications, the trenches, and the remaining shell holes. You will be impressed by the impressive Ossuary and this endless number of crosses...How not to be touch by the sacrifice of those brave young men (and women), whatever the country they were fighting for.
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