Listed as a historic monument in 1921, this monument of Franco-German remembrance is one of the most-visited sites in Alsace where many artistic works pay tribute to peace.
Almost 30,000 French and German soldiers fell at Hartmannswillerkopf. Among them, 1256 French soldiers are interred in the national cemetery. In the Crypt are three altars: one Catholic, one Protestant and one Israelite.
On the vast square over the Crypt stands the altar of the Homeland (l’autel de la Patrie), the sides of which bear the coats of arms of towns that contributed towards the monument.
The battlefield, a promontory of the Vosges Mountain range was one of the major challenges of the battles that took place on the Vosges front between 1914 and 1918.
The military installations and fortifications are still impressive. These buildings are spread throughout the site and cover all categories: trenches, shelters, etc.
Information boards on the battlefield will allow you to discover the site
Guided visits are free-of-charge every Wednesday afternoon in July and August from 14:30
Guided visits of the battlefield are offered to groups by reservatio by calling +333 89 20 45 82.
Battlefield accessible on foot all year round, but not recommended in winter. Road closed from 11 November to Easter.
Crypt open every day from 9:30 to 12:30 and 13:45 to 17:45 from 1 May to 11 November - Free admission.
Thann-Cernay tourist office : +333 89 75 50 35
Battlefield: free entry
Crypt and Memorial: free entry