Citadelle de Bitche

History

Photo: Victor da Costa

Horaires d'accueil
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Du lundi au samedi 10h-18h et les dimanches et jours fériés 10h-19h. Les caisses ferment une heure avant la fermeture du site


Durée moyenne de la visite : 2h

Tarifs (en euro)

  • Adult rate : 10€
  • Child rate : 8€
  • Group rate : 8€
  • Large families : 30€
  • Etudiant : 6€

Présentation

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.

Histoire du musée

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.

rue Bombelles
57230 Bitche

Tél. : 03 87 96 18 82
Tél. 2 : 03 87 96 16 16
Fax : 03 87 96 11 78
Site : www.citadelle-bitche.com

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Accès

  • By car all year round

Services

Langues : German / English