The Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand battlefield  

Route des Crêtes
Historial franco-allemand
68700 Wattwiller
Location

Nearest train station :
14 km - Cernay


Opening hours :
Crypt open every day from 9.30 to 12.30am and from 13.30 to 17.30pm from the 1st of May to the 11th of November.

Languages spoken : English Languages spoken : German Animals accepted : Yes, under certain conditions

This promontory which stands at 956m in altitude looking out over the plain of Alsace, is in memory of the Great War.

On the battlefield, 30,000 French and German men were crushed beneath a storm of steel. On both sides of the trenches, the men fought hard for this strategic observation post. In 1915 alone, the summit changed hands 4 times. The fighting continued throughout the War on this battlefield, torn asunder by shells, gas and flamethrowers.

Classified as a historical monument, the site is home to one of the 4 national monuments dedicated to this tragic period.

To get the most out of your visit, you can stroll along the 2 trails: one climbs up the Vieil-Armand for 30 minutes taking you to the great cross, and the other takes you on a 2 1/2 hour walk round the trenches and former bunkers.

Photo gallery


©JL Delpal
Autel de la Patrie du Monument National du Hartmannswillerkopf © Christophe MEYER
Nécropole  © JL Delpal
La crypte © Christophe MEYER
La crypte © Christophe MEYER
Monument des Diables Rouges au Hartmannswillerkopf © Christophe MEYER
Entrée tranchée ©JL Delpal
Cimetière militaire ©JL Delpal
©JL Delpal

Useful informations


Location
  Mountain
  Panoramic view
Type of site
  Landmark
  Military site
Themes
  History
Type of visit
  Free visit
  Visit with guide tool
  Visit with educational sheets/pack
  Guided tour for individuals with reservation
  Guided tour for groups with reservation

Access


  Can be accessed by car except in winter
  On a route that is accessible by bus
  Walking time (min) from carpark to site : 2

Facilities


  Groups accepted
  Shop
  Cafeteria
  Indoor activity
  Outdoor activity

With kids


  Suited for jogging strollers

Rates


Free entrance

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Mobile app : WW1 stories on the western front
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The Hartmannswillerkopf Franco-German Historial of World War I

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Tourist information centers


  • 7, rue de la 1ère Armée - 68800 THANN
    Monday to Saturday from 9 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 6 pm – on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 5 pm.
  • 1, rue Latouche - 68700 CERNAY
    Monday to Saturday from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 6 pm – on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 am to 12 am.
  • 9, place des Alliés - 68290 MASEVAUX
    Monday to Friday from 9 to 12.30 am and from 2 to 6 pm - on Saturday from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm. Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
  • 81, rue Charles de Gaulle - 68550 SAINT-AMARIN
    Monday to Saturday from 10 to 12 am and from 3 to 5 pm - On Sundays and bank holidays from 10 to 12 am.

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