The Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand battlefieldThis 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.
Liesel's adviceImmerse yourself in the remembrance of the Great War on the emblematic site of Hartmannswillerkopf. Known as the “mountain of death” or the “man-eater”, this summit was the backdrop for dreadful battles.
Type of place to visit
Duration of the visit2h
EnvironmentEnvironment Mountain, Panoramic viewAltitude : 956 mLeisure facilities in the vicinity: Sur le tracé du GR 5 (- de 2 km)
DistanceNearest train station: Cernay - 14 Km
AccessCan be accessed by car except in winter, On a route that is accessible by bus
Parking for vehiclesFree parking for cars Free parking for camper vans Coach parking
Bicycle facilities and servicesParking ou arceaux à vélos