Fort Eben-Emael, Eben-Emael

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  • The Fort is a very impressive structure and the tour is amazing. The story as told by Mark, the volonteer guide makes one re-think the meaning of a war, a army and its impact on the mankind. The almos...  more »
  • Great visit with a lot of significant history. The guides were excellent and I would recommend to everyone.  more »
  • Very cool fort to visit. Pretty impressive and larger than you think. Through a guide can you walk through the halls. Also the tour outside is highly recommended. Take the stairs. A real winner. PS: Brasserie near and spacious parking
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  • First things first. After crossing the entire Eben-Emael village at the rural speed of 50km/h, you will be met with spacious gravel parking lot. While spacious, it was full by the time we left (around 3:45) so be sure to check in early. Another word of advice: bring cash. Whilst I can’t speak for the shop and cafeteria, the entrance definitely doesn’t accept debit or credits cards. Entrance is EUR 8,- for adults, and a complementary map of the domain can be purchased for EUR 2,-. Quick note, the entirety of the military domain seems free to access if you fancy a hike up the massive hill. The fort is pretty unassuming, especially if you visit without looking it up first. You are welcome with ageing displays (in a pretty bad shape) that will leave you with a pretty bad first impression. The beginning of the visit is interesting as you have to explore the massive first tunnel without any clear indication. You are then however met with the most welcoming and passionate staff that will be quick to point you to the right direction. The guided-tour can be undertaken in French, Dutch, German and English. As far as we could tell, at least the French, Dutch and German tour guides seem to be native speakers. The tour starts with a really nice military-style briefing in a projection room. The whole thing is really immersive and will help you situate the fort in history and politics from the 1800s. A really nice addition to the tour. Whilst not that old, you will be presented with original light fixtures from the 30’s; a real feat considering the age of those light bulbs. They are important since you have to consider that the fort used to be lit up that way before those nice fancy neon lights we have nowadays. A crappy light bulb every 40m, can you imagine? You will then proceed to visit two more floors of the fort with your guide, going through a dazing maze of underground tunnels, going through commanding rooms, radio rooms, posts of operation,… We got lucky enough to visit the phone room open with a technician that was maintaining it. Exploring an original phone terminal from the 30’s is pretty impressive. Our tour guide really did know his business and was very thorough. Whilst fast, he allowed time for pictures and questions. The visit is really interactive, a bit like a lesson with open questions. The tour guide will really help you put everything in perspective; how hard life really was for those soldiers. You will visit fortified baracks that seem untouched, with restored cannons. However, when the hallways start going downhill and the walls seem to be getting darker is when you’ll probably be left aghast. Visiting Maastricht I will leave you with a real impression of how destructive those new shaped charges were. Eben-Emael is a really good place to visit, with competent staff and loads of content and emotions to digest. I would really recommend to anyone, even if they’re not particularly interested in WWII. The whole thing took us roughly 4hrs (without walking visiting the hill-top), so be sure to have a clear schedule before visiting. ♿ — Whilst most of the visit is accessible to people in wheelchairs and an elevator (in lieu of the original freight lift), please bear in mind that the access to the cannons and more intricate places of the fort won’t be visible if you are not able to walk at all, or even if you can but with some difficulty. Those parts of the visit involve narrow staircases and confined spaces. 🚸 — Whilst it seems rather ok to visit with kids, our tour guide mentioned a few incidents with children. One involved a child almost falling 20m through a ventilation shaft, and another one where a child apparently got his finger chopped off by releasing a cannon mechanism. The shaft is now protected a bit better, and the cannon mechanisms in questions locked in place. 10/10, would visit again (honestly).
  • Experience the daily live of the soldiers in this Belgian fort in the pre-WW2 period and their struggle during the German attack on 10 May 1940. WW2 in Wesren-Europe started with the attack on this fort. At the time it was considered to be the strongest fort in the world, but it was not able to deal with the new weapons and tactics of the Germans. Reserve 2,5 hours for your visit and be prepared for a longer underground walk through the fort's tunnel system.
  • Very interesting historical site. It is run by volunteers, and they put all their passion in keeping the fort alive
  • Amazing informative tour
  • Well worth a second visit! Do ask for the big tour and be sure to check the website or call before a visit. It is not alsways open for visitors and in the smaller tour you miss out on alot of stuff. Magnificent fort, magnificent story! Beautiful building and creation! Only 8 euro for entrance and guided tour! Has a bar inside.
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