Historical exhibition - Citadel Bitche

Historical exhibition
Postponed to the opening date of the citadel*.

This exhibition, scheduled at the citadel, will be visible as soon as the sanitary conditions linked to the COVID-19 crisis allow the museums to reopen.

A complete collection of historical documents and objects, some of which have never been shown before, on the 1870 war in the Bitche region, evoking facts and characters that are sometimes little known, and dealing with the consequences of the conflict in local, French and German history until the end of the First World War. This exhibition is the historical and scientific work of members of the SHAL.


Dates and venue: From the opening date of the citadel* to 19 September 2021 From 10 am to 5 pm, until 5.30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Former chapel, upper plateau of the citadel.
Admission fees :
Admission to the citadel (no supplements) Free admission for the inhabitants of Bitche

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Event Properties

Event Date 01.05.2021
Event End Date 19.09.2021
Location Citadelle of Bitche

Venue Information - Citadelle of Bitche

We discover the monumental silhouette in the hills of the northern Vosges. On a dizzying rock that dominates its city, proudly sits the Citadel of Bitche with its mighty walls, flanked by bastions. The story begins with that of the visionaries who bet on the strategic interest of fortifying the old medieval castle of the Dukes of Lorraine. Between 1680 and 1754, the famous Marquis de Vauban and the architect Cormontaigne worked successively on the construction of the Citadel of Bitche on behalf of the French kings. All the characteristics of the military architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries are recognizable. The citadel remains a unique work and a feat of ingenuity. In the tangle of its fortifications, the informed eye recognizes the famous star pattern that is characteristic of the fire level. In the labyrinth of the underground passages, visitors immerse themselves in the heart of the events of the historical siege of 1870-1871 thanks to a life-size cinematographic reproduction. The restored chapel shows the original relief map of Bitche. Interactive and fun terminals allow you to discover the architectural details. The museum "Men in the War of 1870" offers a realistic overview of this conflict using archive images and stories of soldiers. 13 cultural heritage monuments and the panoramic route allow you to explore the upper plateau.

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Citadelle Bitche
Citadelle Bitche