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Hitler's Bunker in Bruly-de-Pesche, Couvin

  • Monument
  • Guided tour and discovery

A completely renovated remembrance site, only a stone's throw from the French border, where Adolf Hitler stayed during the Second World War.

The little village of Brûly-de-Pesche, in the South of the Province of Namur, was chosen to be Hitler's headquarters for three weeks in June 1940. The site was ideally located, only a few kilometres from France, nestled in a woodland. From there Hitler orchestrated his invasion of France. Also known as the Wolf's Gorge (Wolfsschlucht), the site still bears the scars of Hitler's stay and has a concrete bunker with two armoured doors, as well as two Bavarian-style chalets in which the Fuhrer and his officers stayed.

A new exhibit 

The two chalets have been renovated and turned into an exhibition centre. One of the buildings has a 20-minute film about Hitler's arrival and photographs charting the German occupation of the area. The other chalet is dedicated to the local resistance effort. Thanks to modern exhibiting techniques, touch screens, videos, films and educational signs in three languages (French, Dutch and English), the exhibition gets right to the core of events that took place here all those years ago. Numerous objects and accounts from the locals, resistance fighters or descendants, complete the exhibition.

The resistance

In July 1943, the Special operations Executive formulated a Sabotage Mission aimed t 'military harassment' of the occupying Germans. This became a resistance movement called 'Groupe D, Service Hotton', operating in the forest near Chimay. Ironically, the group ended up very near Hitler's former HQ at Brûly-de-Pesche. Their reconstructed Cagna (or forest shelter) can be found near the bunker. Look out for panels throughout the village, retracing the story of Brûly-de-Pesche and its inhabitants.

Practical information

Last entry 1 hour before closing time.
Booking required for groups 

Price

Individual

€ 6
€ 5.5
from € 4 to € 8

Group

€ 5.5
€ 3.5
School groups (visit in French): 6 Euros per child. Guided tour + free tickets for 5 10 to 13 y.o. children. Any additionel ticket: 3 Euros. Neptune caves and buker combined for adults and seniors: 12 euros. Child (8-12 y.o.): 7 Euros.

Information on the walk

Duration

Minimum duration1:00

Facilities

Services

  • Visitor guide for groups

Equipement

  • Shop
  • Car parking
  • Parking

Visites

FR - EN - German - NL
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.