Take to the skies by visiting this work which dominates the village. A striking return to the past, guaranteed immersion!

Guardian of the Sauer valley, the work of Four à Chaux is located on a height dominating the village of Lembach. It bears the name of an old lime kiln.
The 3 km of galleries sink 30 m underground. 24 officers and 600 men lived there. They belonged to a fortress infantry regiment. They were mobilized several times before returning to their post at the end of August 1939. As there was no action between September 39 and May 40, they organized themselves, seized the cattle which wandered in the streets of Lembach whose population had been evacuated... The visitor will familiarize himself with their living conditions by visiting the dormitories, the toilets, the kitchens or the infirmary.
The work was the target of the Stukas from June 40. Devoid of effective anti-aircraft defense, it nevertheless resisted and held out for another five days after the armistice which took effect on June 26. After special negotiations at Wiesbaden, the troops were forced to surrender but came out with the honors of war on 2 July.
The Germans then occupied the fort, stripped it of everything they could use on the Atlantic Wall. The overpressure gas tests caused considerable damage.
The layout resembles that of other forts, except that the men's entrance being located 24m higher than that of the ammunition, the fort has an inclined plane allowing equipment and ammunition to be transported from the ammunition entrance to to the upper gallery.
Good visit, walking shoes and warm clothes (13°).

Secondary type

  • Military site
  • Memory websites

Spoken languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Alsatian

Visit

  • Group reception from 20 person (s).

Type of clientele

  • Groupes
  • School groups
  • Families
  • Adults (individuals)

Type of guided tour

  • Guided tour for individuals
  • Guided tour for groups by appointment
  • Educational visit

Opening

From January 2 to March 31, 2022, Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 p.m. to 16:30 p.m.
From April 1 to 30, 2022 every day from 13:30 p.m. to 15:30 p.m., from 14 p.m. to 00 p.m., from 16:00 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. and from 17 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From May 1 to September 30, 2022 every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from 13:30 p.m. to 15:30 p.m., from 14:00 p.m. to 16:00 p.m., from 15:30 p.m. at 17:30 p.m. and from 16:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.
From October 1 to 31, 2022 every day from 13:30 p.m. to 15:30 p.m., from 14 p.m. to 00 p.m., from 16:00 p.m. to 15:30 p.m. and from 17 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From November 1 to December 23, 2022, Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 p.m. to 16:30 p.m.
From December 27 to 30, 2022, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:30 p.m. to 16:30 p.m.

Prices

Type Price
Adult 8 €
Childhood 5 €
Groups (per person) 7 €
Students 6 €
School groups 4 €
Family (2 adults + 2 children) 22 €
Adult: 8.00 € Children: 5.00 € Groups (per person): 7.00 € Students: 6.00 € School groups: € 4.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children): €22.00

Veterans: €6

Payment method

  • Check
  • Cash
  • Holiday checks accepted

Equipments and Services

Equipments

  • Free private parking for cars
  • Coach parking
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Services

  • Welcome / open to groups
  • Picnic area
  • Animals accepted: No
  • Toilets
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