Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg, Veckring

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Gros Ouvrage Maginot du Hackenberg is among the largest of the Maginot Line fortifications in Thionville. The fort was considered as a showpiece of French fortification technology back then and was even visited by the British King George VI. The fort used to provide covering fire to harass German forces and neighboring states. Today Hackenberg operates as a museum. The site is made of about 17 combat blocks and 18 artillery pieces covering a large area. There are a few galleries spread across the site that house the museum pieces. One of the blocks is open to the public and displays the working of a turret to its visitors. There is also an electric train that visitors can use for touring the site. You can plan Veckring trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • This is a must, absolutely stunning and jaw dropping, Frederick the tour guide was superb managing to keep a group of 2 Germans and 2 Brits apart (no we all got on well) - 3hrs of eye opening history....  more
    This is a must, absolutely stunning and jaw dropping, Frederick the tour guide was superb managing to keep a group of 2 Germans and 2 Brits apart (no we all got on well) - 3hrs of eye opening history....  more »
  • very well preserved site with great guides in very proper English. A pleasure to see the interest of the association in preserving this remains. All is functional, from the canyons to the electric... 
    very well preserved site with great guides in very proper English. A pleasure to see the interest of the association in preserving this remains. All is functional, from the canyons to the electric...  more »
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  • Really interesting fort to visit if you like war history of WW1 and WW2. Guided visit is compulsory. We had the one in French, I saw another group in English. Could get damp and cold in certain areas, dress accordingly. Have to climb a flight of stairs, about 140 steps, comfortable shoes recommended.
  • This is by far the coolest fort I've ever been to because everything still functions. You get to ride the little train to the still functioning gun turits to see a demonstration of how the guns move into position. Huge underground fort, really cool history. Guided tours given twice a day by volunteers who keep the fort going.

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