Fort Eben-Emael, Eben-Emael

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Must see · Military Museum · Military Facility
Fort Eben-Emael (French: Fort d'Ében-Émael, French pronunciation: ​[fɔʁ debɛn emal]) is an inactive Belgian fortress located between Liège and Maastricht, on the Belgian-Dutch border, near the Albert Canal, outside the village of Ében-Émael. It was designed to defend Belgium from a German attack across the narrow belt of Dutch territory in the region. Constructed in 1931–1935, it was reputed to be impregnable and at the time, the largest in the world. The fort was neutralized by glider-borne German troops (85 men) on 10 May 1940 during the Second World War. The action cleared the way for German ground forces to enter Belgium, unhindered by fire from Eben-Emael. Still the property of the Belgian Army, the fort has been preserved and may be visited.

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  • Large, interesting, and amazing structure to visit. Great time with the kids. Staff was knowledge and nice. Will return!  more »
  • Our visit lasted one hour due to lack of time, but we could have stayed longer. The exhibits and the 10 min introductory film are very good and give a clear view of the war context, the strategic...  more »
  • Stunning piece of history, we attended a guided tour. Not very suitable for wheelchairs but hey, its a 100 year old fortress dug in a mountain. The guide was very knowledgeable and told us many tales. Easy to find in the navi & enough parking.
  • Well explained in four languages, depending on the size of the group speaking each language. Tours run by volunteers who love what they're doing and are very knowledgeable about details and facts of this battle. The fort inside is rather cold, so you should be prepared and take a jacket, it's going to be about 14 degrees.
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