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Citadelle de Bitche

rue Bombelles
57230 Bitche
Citadelle de Bitche
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Since the mid-18th century, the Bitche Citadel has been regarded as one of the most powerful fortresses in France. Rebuilt by Cormontaigne on the foundations of a former fortification built by Vauban, Louis XIV's famous architect, it has never been taken by force of arms. The Museum, installed in the chapel and in the former baker's shop, delves into the history of both the Citadel and the Bitche area, from the origins till 1870. The displays include prehistoric tools, pottery, coins, boundary stones decorated with the landowners' coats of arms, swords and knives, firearms, breast-plates, a wealth of illustrations, models… Undoubtedly the center-piece of the Museum is the 3 D-plan (1797). More valuable than a thousand words, this faithful replica of the site emphasizes the strategic importance of the Citadel which barred enemy troops from entering Alsace-Lorraine. The Museum tour has been incorporated into the full visit of the Citadel during which various “authentic” smells are released. Self-guided tours by audio-sets in French, German or English.

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Languages spoken : Allemand Anglais

Catering on spot: Yes

Package visits offered: Guided tour for groups

Animals accepted: No

Length of visit/event: 2h

Size of group:


rue Bombelles
Accès par la rue des Tilleuls
57230 Bitche

Tél : 03 87 96 18 82
Fax : 03 87 96 11 78
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Location: In the town/village centre

Accessibility: By car all year round

Opening hours: Du lundi au samedi 10h-18h et les dimanches et jours fériés 10h-19h. Les caisses ferment une heure avant la fermeture du site

Methods of payment: Credit card, Cheque, Transfer

Discounted rates:

Free for children (age limit)7 ans
Fixed price package for families (minimum number of people)4
Group (minimum number of people)10