At least during the second half of 1916 there was a small German airfield next to the village of Sivy-sur-Meuse. This village is approximately 20 km north of Verdun and Oswald Boelcke decided to have an airfield there, because he thought that Jametz was to far away from the frontline to react in time in the case that French aircraft were seen flying close to the frontline. read more
Built from 1935 to 1937, the Fort of La Ferté is part of the mighty Maginot Line. In May 1940 it was to become the theatre of one of the most tragical episodes of the Battle of France. After four days of combat its whole garrison – 107 men – were asphyxiated in the underground... read more
Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Mudam is the foremost museum dedicated to contemporary art in Luxembourg, and strives to be attentive to every discipline and open to the whole world. Its collection and programme reflect current artistic trends and appreciate the emergence of new artistic practices on a national and international scale.
The heights of Le Mort Homme or Dead Man’s Hill (German: Toter Mann) lie within the French municipality of Cumières-le-Mort-Homme around 10 kilometres northwest of the town of Verdun in France. The hill earned tragic notoriety for being the scene of bitter fighting in the Battle of Verdun during the First World War.
Centre Pompidou-Metz, first decentralisation of a national cultural establishment in France, Centre Pompidou, was developed in collaboration with the greater urban community – Communauté d’Agglomération de Metz Métropole. It is a public establishment for cultural cooperation whose founding members are the French State, the Centre Pompidou, the Lorraine Region, the Communauté d’Agglomération de Metz Métropole... read more
Situated between the Chateau de Sedan and the Verdun remembrance sites, the Stenay Beer Museum retraces the history of brewing arts and traditions, from its origins around 12,000 years ago to the present day, with an exhibition space of over 2,500m². The impressive building that is now the Eurpean Beer Museum was a fod store... read more
Overview: Three days along the borders of the river Semois in the Ardens along the nicest places. One of the most beautiful GR routes in Belgium with a varying trail and climbs witch puts you to your limits. This guide takes you on a heavy journey along the Semois with many panoramic views, small trails,... read more
Fort Vaux, another Sere de Rivieres fort, was one of the main priorities of the German attack, from the very start of the Battle of Verdun. Early in March 1916, the Germans launched a 100-day siege from their position a few hundred meters from the fort.
The wildcat (Felis silvestris) Video from the vetenarians in Stenay. Wildkat in the Woods of the North Meuse. The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat native to much of Africa, Europe, and Southwest and Central Asia into India, western China, and Mongolia. Because of its wide range it is listed as Least Concern on... read more
The European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), also known as the pern or common pern, Video from the vetenarians in Stenay. Honey buzzard in the Woods of the North Meuse. The European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), also known as the pern or common pern, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.Despite its English name,... read more
In the parking lot of the A34 (the motorway between Reims and Charleville-Mézières), 10km north of Rethel, this gigantic wild boar is worth stopping for a while. From the highway already visible but its true glory is only to experience when you take the trouble to leave the highway.
Visit by yourself Verdun and its Battlefield on board of the bus. It will show you unique and amazing views. With our line ‘‘14-18 Champ de Bataille’’, we drop you off at the foot of the well-known sites.
Settled in the old cattle sheds of the abbey built during the 17the century, the Felt Museum was created in 1988 to make known and to promote this particular matter: felt. Its manufacture was established in Mouzon in the years 1880’s by the industrialist Alfred Sommer who founded his own factory.
The Ossuary contains the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers. Visitors see a film entitled, “Verdun des hommes de boue” (Verdun, Men in Mud). The film is shown every half-hour, with commentary available in French, German, English, Dutch, Russian and Chinese. Visitors can access the tower and its museum.
Follow in the footsteps of the old fortifications of Stenay between the town and the military citadel. This pleasant historic walk of about 1 hour 15 minutes leads you back in time through the meandering lanes and passages of Stenay.
At Luzy-Saint-Martin and its surrounding hills, ferocious battles took place between the 26th and 28th August 1914.After the battle at the frontier, the German army pursued its breakthrough and continued advancing across the River Meuse before joining the Marne. It was intercepted at Luzy by French colonial regiments. Violent pitched battles took place resulting in... read more
Maison du miel et des abeilles du Val Dunois (Bee keeping museum). Discover the fascinating world of bees. Enthusiastic beekeepers have developed a fun way of sharing their knowledge with visitors. You can access the very heart or of the hive in totally safe modern amenities not found anywhere else in Lorrain.
Located in Warphernont Wood, the emplacement for the SKL – 45 Max – 380 mm gun was one of the most closely guarded secrets of the First World War. It was in a particularly strategic position behind the German front lines. The original gun was made by Krupp for one of the German Navy’s battleships.... read more
Like every year, street theater takes its summer quarters in august in Chassepiere, Belgium. Close to the French border. Gaume in the village Chassepierre. On 18 and 19 August 2018 the 45e International Festival of the Arts Street will take place. Chassepierre becomes an internationally renowned festival and of the most important events of its... read more
Montfaucon American Monument is a monument commemorating the American victory in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. It is located in Montfaucon-d’Argonne close to Romange-sous-Montfaucon (American cemetery and museum). Immediately behind the Monument you find the ruins of the village with the remains of the church still visible.
Église Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Mont-devant-Sassey. Built in the Argonne foothills during the 11th and 12th centuries, the Church of Our Lady of MONT-DEVANT-SASSEY is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Lorraine. Despite lengthy periods of construction, wars and plundering, it has maintained its architectural integrity and sober elegance.
Procyon (genus) Video from the vetenarians in Stenay. Raccoon in the Woods of the North Meuse. Procyon is a genus of nocturnal mammals, comprising three species commonly known as raccoons, in the family Procyonidae. The most familiar species, the common raccoon (P. lotor), is often known simply as “the” raccoon, as the two other raccoon... read more
Visit the Castle. In family or with a group, discover our visits At the heart of the city, discover the Giant of Sedan, a fortress of 35 000 m² built there soon 6 centuries In group or family, survey the walls in the footsteps of the Princes de la Marck and de la Tour d’Auvergne... read more
The “Sacred Way” was the only road between thefront line at Verdun and Bar-le-Due in the rear. As such, it was a vital logistical corridor. For ten months, almost 2,400,000 men and thousands of tonnes of munitions and equipment passed along it, day and night.
Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d’Arc, IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; 6 January c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Joan of Arc... read more
Château Charmois, 1615. This is an outpost of the Lorraine citadels of Stenay and Jametz, and opposite Villefranche, a French citadel that can be seen from the other side of the Meuse. Evidence of a Gallo-Roman presence was discovered under the courtyard of the higher Choteau (burnt wooden structure, presence of tiles).
This memorial in the town center was inaugurated in 1929 by French President, Gaston Doumergue. From it, there is a breathtaking view of the town. The 73 steps lead up to a hall containing lists of names of the soldiers awarded the Verdun medal.
Henri-Alban Fournier, who later wrote under the pseudonym Alain-Fournier, was born on October 3, 1886 at La Chapelle d’Angillon where his parents were teachers. He spent his chilhood in the Sologne countryside. In 1891 his father became a teacher at Epineuil le Fleurel and young Henri was his pupil until the 5th grade. He then... read more
Moulin le Cygne, quality apartments in the norther France, is glad to greet the guests in the Meuse County and his surroundings. From Bouillon in Belgium to Luxembourg city, from Nancy to Reims. On our tourist information website, our virtual tourist office, you find: – information about the history, culture, nature, art, festivals, activities, etc.... read more
Musée d’Art Sacré et Bibliothèque bénédictine. Housed in the south wing of the old Benedictine abbey, which is also home to the 18’h-century Benedictine library, this museum aims to highlight religious art in Meuse through pieces on loan from towns and villages as well as Meuse itself.
A walk through the old town of Stenay. Discover Stenay’s places and most attractive dwellings during a lovely stroll of around 1hour15. Get to know Stenay and its history during a walk passing the main shops and restaurants.
The World Centre for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights (Centre Mondial de la Paix, des Libertes et des Droits de l’Homme) is housed in the luxurious archbishop’s palace in Verdun, described by Saint-Simon in his memoirs, as the most splendid such palace in the whole of France.
(b Damvillers, 1 Nov. 1848; d Paris, 10 Dec. 1884). French painter. Bastien-Lepage was born in the village of Damvillers, Meuse, and spent his childhood there. Bastien’s father grew grapes in a vineyard to support the family. His grandfather also lived in the village; his garden had fruit trees of apple, pear, and peach up... read more
Build in 1620, for Simon II de Pouilly, Military Governor of Stenay, in his capacity as representative of the Duchy of Lorraine, build on a vantage point over the Loison valley, this is one of the biggest Renaissance castles in the Lorraine region.
Nature Reserve Raymond Mayné Situated north of the village and facing south, the nature reserve stretches on a nearly-six-hectare surface; it belongs to the association “Ardenne et Gaume” and to the district of Rouvroy. It enjoys a warm and dry climate and consists of old quarries, limy lawns and thickets.
The Saint-Hilaire church and cemetery in Marville are in fact a superb museum of funerary art with astonishing and highly moving stone tombs. They enable us to better understand the Cult of the Dead that lasted from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period. It still is surrounded by its beautiful graveyard with tombstones and... read more
Calcareous grassland (or alkaline grassland) is an ecosystem associated with thin basic soil, such as that on chalk and limestone downland. Plants on calcareous grassland are typically short and hardy, and include grasses and herbs such as clover. Calcareous grassland is an important habitat for insects, particularly butterflies, and is kept at a plagioclimax by... read more
Whether you come here for a few hours or a whole weekend, step aboard and discover the charms of the river. You don’t need a licence to be the captain for a few days. After a few instructions, you’ll be ready to steer one of our “Souchets”, very easy to handle river cruisers.
By the breeding, the Aubrac cow is fed exclusively with grass from natural grassland, and supplemented with a mixture of flattened cereals. These have grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Everything is produced locally, no food processed or purchased.
Margut: Hermitage in St. Walfroy founded by the hermit St.Walfroy in the sixth century. It is a place of pilgrimage to be reached by a path consisting of fourteen stations of the cross. At the summit, 1,148 feet above sea level, one discovers a remarkable view of the surrounding areas and as far as Belgium.
This 52-heactare (130-acre) cemetery was established on 14 October, 1918, by the US Army on land taken by the 32nd Infantry Division. This land was ceded to the United States in perpetuity by the French Government to establish a permanent, tax-free burial site.
Jean-Claude Servais, cartonist, loves the Gaume region in southern Belgium. He has been living for many years and loves the nature. The history of the region draws herself into her landscapes, monuments and buildings, making her a dreamed ambassador of the wonderful Gaume. As cartoonist and script writer countless works of his hand has since... read more
The scenes come from Africa, America … or from closer to home, like the famous Nativity scenes for which Provence in Southern France has been famous for the past two hundred years. They show a variety of settings (a barn, a byre, an entire village, a mill) and, of course, they’re peopled with figurines known... read more
The lake of Amel, near Sonel is a beautiful place to be. A walk of 8 km around de lake and trough the forest is available in French. There is no text available in English, but the walk doesn’t need a translation!
Cycling course thanks to the “Cyclos du Ciel de Meuse”. A 26 km course via Brouennes, Quincy and Bâalon. Course thanks to the association “Cyclos du Ciel de Meuse”. The “Cyclos du Ciel de Meuse” starts every Saturday at 14:00 for a new course from the Tavern of the Beer Museum in Stenay. You... read more
The World Centre for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights (Centre Mondial de la Paix, des Libertes et des Droits de l'Homme) is housed in the luxurious archbishop's palace in Verdun, described by Saint-Simon in his memoirs, as the most splendid such palace read more
Montfaucon American Monument is a monument commemorating the American victory in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. It is located in Montfaucon-d'Argonne close to Romange-sous-Montfaucon (American cemetery and museum). Immediately behind the Monument you find the ruins of the village with read more
The village of Vauquois was caught up in mine warfare and razed to the ground in February 1915 during the bitter fighting that totally changed its landscape. Nowadays, people have complete access to the hillside, the Butte de Vauquois overlooking the impressive read more
This memorial on Montsec Ridge in the Meuse Hills consists of a circular colonnade with a bronze viewing table in the middle showing the location of villages and the position of the fighting on the Saint-Mihiel Saillant. It was erected by the read more
Nine villages located in the "Red Zone" were razed to the ground during the Battle of Verdun, swept away in the devastating onslaught. They were Beaumont-¬en-Verdunois, Bezonvaux, Cumieres-le-Mort-Hornme, Douaumont, Fleury-devant-Douaumont, Haumont-pres¬-Samogneux, l.ouvemont-Cote-du-Poivre, Ornes and Vaux-¬devant-Damloup.
Only a few traces remain, with the read more
This monument, which was built by an American, is based on a legend stating that French soldiers were buried alive, standing in their trench during constant shelling. It has remained in popular memory as a symbol of Verdun's battlefield.
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Les Eparges is a ridge overlooking the Woevre Plain opening out towards the town of Metz. It was the scene of terrible fighting, especially in 1915. It was in this sector, which includes the Calonne Trench, that literary conscripts were brought face read more
Fort Douaumont is the mightiest of the forts surrounding Verdun. Captured in a surprise attack four day after the beginning of the Battle of Verdun, it was occupied by the German Army for eight months. They used it as shelter for their read more
This 52-heactare (130-acre) cemetery was established on 14 October, 1918, by the US Army on land taken by the 32nd Infantry Division. This land was ceded to the United States in perpetuity by the French Government to establish a permanent, tax-free burial read more