Visit of The Hartmannswillerkopf Franco-German Historial of World War 1

Heritage tourism

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Visit of the Franco-German Historial of the Great War at the Hartmannswillerkopf, a multi-faceted tool, both historical, tourist and memorial, and above all educational. It offers a broad vision of the events during the First World War, while leaving a central place to the Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand in order to serve as a link with the site and the neighbouring national monument and to allow visitors to better decipher it.

Beyond the local vision, the Historial questions the evolution of Franco-German relations and the long construction of a relationship of friendship, from the individual level, beginning after the war when combatants from both sides met on the battlefields, to the international ceremonies, notably those of 3 August 2014 and 10 November 2017. The Historial and the entire site are closed from 13 November to 1 April.


Historial: Monday to Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 - 18:00

The battlefield is accessible on foot all year round but not recommended in winter. Free access. Educational and scenographic trail allowing self-guided visits.


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The Hartmannswillerkopf Franco-German Historial of World War 1

The National Monument "Hartmannswillerkopf 14-18" is one of the four national monuments of the Great War, together with Douaumont in the Meuse, Dormans in the Marne and Notre Dame de Lorette in Artois. This national monument was erected in memory of the fighting that took place there during the First World War.The work of the architect Robert Danis and the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, this resolutely original monument was inaugurated in 1932 by the President of the Republic, Albert Lebrun. The monument is composed of two entities: an altar of the fatherland dominating the necropolis and the crypt which can be reached by an 80-metre long path evoking a trench.

The HWK National Monument underwent a comprehensive rehabilitation programme conducted by the CMNHWK between 2008 and 2013.