- Architectural heritage
The Fort of Flémalle, a few kilometres from Liège, was witness to fierce fighting during the first and second world war. The building, now open to visitors, reveals the daily life of the soldiers stationed there and its tragic history.
The story of the fort, from its building to the two world wars
The Fort of Flémalle was built in 1888 by Henri Alexis Brialmont, the 19th century equivalent of Vauban. It was part of a network of 12 fortified constructions meant to protect Liège.
It was heavily bombed during the Battle of Liège in the first world war, then later, at the beginning of the second world war.
The Fort of Flémalle today
Most of the fort is accessible to the public, through guided tours. Visitors get to:
- Walk through the underground galleries and understand what the soldiers' life was like,
- Look at a 3D reconstitution of the fort as it was in May 1940: a fantastic way to understand how the defence techniques had changed from a war to the next.
- See a collection of military objects from both wars: weapons, medical equipment, uniforms. A room also is dedicated to women's role in the American army.
- Comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes are recommended
- Cafeteria on site
Visit the Fort of Flémalle and keep history alive.