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Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique

Avenue du 6 Juin, Ouistreham, France
+33 2 31 97 28 69
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Fascinating WW2 museum

This five storey bunker from WW2 is in a masterly way turned into a museum about the D-day. In a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tor W
Life in the Bunker

This giant (six story) concrete bunker towers over the rest of this seaside beach town. It looks a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MWK51
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Hudson, Ohio
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The bunker was built in 1943/44, on a special design. I fact, as the coast was very low, the Organization Todt had to erect the 17 meters tower to increase the range finder’s range. This was the Fire Control post of the defenses of the river Orne estuary and the canal entrance. These consisted in six 150 mm french guns, on the beach of Riva-Bella, served by men of the 1st Battery, 1260th Coastal Artillery Batallion and four 150 mm french guns, near the water-tower, served by gunners of the 4th Battery, 1716th Artillery Regiment, 716th Infantry Division. On june, 6th , it received a lucky direct hit, fired from a 380 mm gun of the H.M.S. Frobisher battle cruiser which made the Bunker unoperational. During the morning, british troops of the n° 4 Commando were intrigued by this unforeseen concrete tower. They made two attempts to get inside without success. They were content to withdraw with their wounded men.The Bunker was finally captured by the lieutnant Bob Orrell who took 53 prisonners, on june, 9 th. He was promoted captain the next day.
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“landing craft” (27 reviews)
“atlantic wall” (17 reviews)
“sword beach” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Avenue du 6 Juin, Ouistreham, France
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+33 2 31 97 28 69
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This five storey bunker from WW2 is in a masterly way turned into a museum about the D-day. In a lively way you get an impression of the situation back in the end of the war. I went there with my family and all of...More

Thank Tor W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This giant (six story) concrete bunker towers over the rest of this seaside beach town. It looks a bit hooky from the outside with it's "le Grande Bunker" garish signs. It is, however rather interesting inside. It is not for anyone with mobility problems or...More

Thank MWK51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Parking is a crime, but after Finding this bunker the expedities starts, very good restored bunker with good story, nice collection and a little shop.

Thank dennis d
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went with my teenage son as my wife and younger son weren't interested. It has some interesting ww2 vehicles outside and a landing craft you can go into and a good gift shop as you enter the museum. It represents the different levels of...More

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Wandering around empty concrete casemates, it's hard to get any idea of what was what. This bunker is a time capsule and as such you can see it as it was. No movies or special effects needed here.

1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 16 June 2017

An essential part of a Normandy landing visit, especially from a UK perspective. Whilst most of the casemates and defences you'll see on a tour are in ruins, the grand bunker has been largely restored to how it was when the fifty plus Germans surrendered...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Despite what some have said, well worth the €7 admittance fee. Excellently put together and very authentic. A must see for D day enthusiasts.

Thank Dean W
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The bunker is just one block north of Sword Beach. An outside exhibition includes a few tanks and a huge map showing the D-Day beaches for allied landings. The inside exhibits show the various rooms inside the bunker, on multiple levels (no elevator). We spent...More

Thank SusanGH
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Restored German command bunker in Normandy for that section of the famous Atlantic wall. Well restored and maintained. Interesting perspective from the German side.

Thank ejsalch
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We learnt so much here. Interesting to see things from the German side. Lots of fascinating things to read and see.

Thank readingwillers
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russ b
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Response from Ron W | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open as others have said. I dont think there is any parking at the museum (its in a residential area) but it is only a very short walk from the free car parks in the town. Directions are clear and the Tourist... More
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