Sites and monuments

The pass
at la chapelotte

Maison du Tourisme du Pays Lunévillois

On 23 August 1914, the Col de la Chapelotte, located between the Donon and Raon l'Etape, suddenly became a strategic point of friction. The Zeppelin n°8 from Strasbourg was brought down on the road between Celles-sur-Plaine and Badonviller. The legendary airship terrified the French soldiers, because they knew it was capable, more so than "aeros", of bombing Paris or London. The violence of the mountain fighting peaked with a battle of mines that lasted for almost 30 months. The blast furnaces were dug to a depth of 80 metres and 55 explosions ravaged contour line 542 (the military designation for La Chapelotte) where all vegetation quickly disappeared. Right in the middle of winter, on 27 February 1915, the Germans launched an attack that was intended to strengthen their positions on the Domèvre-Bréménil-La Chapelotte-Allarmont line. The French counterattacks did not succeed in regaining any ground. The Germans established the front by carrying out extensive fortifications. The pass and surrounding peaks still show the scars of this fighting. At the place known as La Menelle, in the commune of Pierre-Percée, the Interpretation and Documentation Centre 1914-1918 (CID) displays objects and maintains an archive of this forgotten front.

Useful info

  • Pets welcome
  • Coach park
Individuals

Visit on your own at all times, guided tours with advanced booking

Groups

Guided tours with advanced booking

  • LUNDI Open
  • MARDI Open
  • MERCREDI Open
  • JEUDI Open
  • VENDREDI Open
  • SAMEDI Open
  • DIMANCHE Open
  • LUNDI Open
  • MARDI Open
  • MERCREDI Open
  • JEUDI Open
  • VENDREDI Open
  • SAMEDI Open
  • DIMANCHE Open

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