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Citadelle de Bitche

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.

Additional information
  • Price advantages :
    • Free for children (age limit) : 7 ans
    • Fixed price package for families (minimum number of people) : 4
    • Group (minimum number of people) : 10
  • Comments on prices : Credit card, Cheque, Transfer
  • Type of visits proposed : Guided tour for groups
  • Languages spoken : German, English
  • Restaurant on site : Yes
  • Effectif groupe :
    • Maxi : 25

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