Batterie D'azevilleCurrently Closed
- Address: Batterie d'Azeville, Lieu-dit la Rue, 50310 Azeville, France, Cherbourg
- Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-0233406305
- Ticket Price: 5 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
One of the first buildings of the Atlantic wall in France, The Battery of Azeville is equipped with four powerful casemates equipped with 105mm Schneider guns. Spread over the Manchegan inland, The Battery is known for the battle on the night of June 5, 1944, when it came into action against the American landing at Utah beach. Battery and its undergrounds can now be visited independently with the help of an audio-guided tour (available in English,French, German, Itlalian and Dutch). Detailed explanations of the built of the bunkers, everyday lives of the 170 soldiers of the battery and the course of the battle are provided on the tour. Several camouflage paintings have been reconstructed at the site, using the photographs taken just after the war as references. The site serves as a popular picnic spot in the region.Highlights and must sees include:
- The battery equipped with 4 powerful casemates equipped with the 105mm Schneider guns.
- Audio-guided tour explaining the history of the battery and the course of the battle.
- Reconstructed camouflage paintings
- Outdoor movie projection about the history of wartime, every evening.
- A popular picnic spot, accompanied by picnic music
Batterie D'azeville Travel Tips
- The ticket office closes 1 hour before the closing time of the site.
Entrance Ticket Details For Batterie D'azeville
- EUR 2: Children
- EUR 3.60: Adult groups, per head
- EUR 4: Students
How to Reach Batterie D'azeville
- Walk or hire a taxi.
- Ask a local for the bus details.
- L’EscaleRaveno, L’Eucalyptus
- Hotel du midi
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53.06% of people who visit Cherbourg include Batterie D'azeville in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
38.89% of people start their Batterie D'azeville visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Batterie D'azeville
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Batterie D'azeville
Batterie D'azeville Reviews & Ratings
Worth a visit access to the inside of German bunkers and artillery facility. Well maintained. Eazy walk about a 20 minute stop and walk thru. Plenty of WW2 stuff but keep your eyes peeled some blends in so well you'll drive right by.
Despite frequent bombings in the spring of 1944 and a heavy bombardment on the night before the Allied landings, the guns were operational. In the night of 5 to 6 June 1944 the battery Azeville was attacked by U.S. paratroopers. but because of some fierce fighting, the Americans were forced to retreat. The battery of Azeville was heavily defended by the Germans. It forced the Americans to use a different side to attack. After heavy fighting German garrison surrendered on the 9th of June.
A must see! Did not expect the amount of tunnels that this site had, well worth the visit. The shell from the USS Nevada was a shocker. The whole family enjoyed it.
Has a good car park and a picnic area. You can wander around some of the casements even when the battery is closed (It was when we were there on a saturday in April just after lunch. ). The more interesting stuff is fenced off when the place is closed.
This site was excellent. I was delighted we were given information about this hidden gem. We spent 4 hrs at this site and history. Staff excellent and friendly.