Situated at the mouth of the Meuse River, 68 km west of Metz, Verdun is of interest to visitors mainly for its association with one of the bloodiest battles in WWI. The Allies held out against the massive German assault that took place here in 1916, but 600,000-800,000 French and German soldiers died during the battle. Almost totally destroyed, the town was rebuilt after the war. The battlefield of Verdun, located 2 miles east of the town, includes huge military cemeteries and numerous monuments. Other points of interest include the restored Cathedrale de Notre-Dame and the Musee de la Citadelle Militaire, which traces the role of Verdun during WWI.
Tourist OfficePlace de la NationB.P. 232Phone: 33 3 29 86 14 18Fax: 33 3 29 84 22 42