58 forts, 400 casemates, 1.5 million tonnes of concrete.
This is a piece of heritage that weighs
heavily on the landscape.
It is known as the Maginot Line, built after the First World War at the
instigation of André Maginot, M.P. for Meuse and Minister of War in 1922 and
Although it proved ineffective, some of the main artillery or infantry
constructions are in perfect condition and are open to the public.
Among the artillery constructions are Simserhof near Bitche, Galgenberg
at Cattenom, Michelsberg at Dalstein, Fermont at Longuyon and Hackenberg (the
largest fort on the Maginot Line) at Veckring. Infantry forts include Le
Bambesch, Immerhof at Hettange Grande, Zeiterholz at Entrange, the Fort aux
Fresques at Hestroff, Fort Casso at Rohrbach-les-Bitche etc.