Verdun

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Verdun
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."
Adresse: Verdun, France, Frankrig
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Lille gruppe WWI dagstur fra Paris: Verdun og Meuse-Argonne slagmarker

Tilbring en dag på det franske landskab, der udforsker Første Verdenskrigs historie på en dagstur til Verdun og Meuse-Argonne fra Paris. Disse to vigtige slagmarker hjælper med at gøre historien levende, med hjælp fra en vidende vejledning. Hør om disse berømte kampe og besøg bemærkelsesværdige landemærker og kirkegårde. Se Douaumont Ossuary og Fort of Douaumont, Romagne War Museum, Battlefield of Verdun, Bayonets Trench og Meuse-Argonne Amerikanske Kirkegård og Mindesmærke. Det er den største kirkegård for faldne amerikanske soldater i hele Europa. Tour gruppestørrelse begrænset til 18 for at sikre personlig opmærksomhed fra din guide.
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  • Udbydes på: engelsk
  • Varighed: 12 timer
  • Udbydes på: engelsk
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