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Remembrance tourism in Hauts de France

War museums

Our region has suffered a great deal and still bears the scars of war. With several military cemeteries, monuments and museums, it's possible to learn about a very dark period in history. There is so much to see and discover...

The Blockhaus at Eperlecques

A place of remembrance, authentic and moving! Today, the Eperlecques Blockhaus is working for peace. This important site of the Second World War is unique and the first Blockhaus to be classified as a Historic Monument. The town of Eperlecques is the only commune in France where a V1 base and a V2 rocket base coexist. Set in the heart of a wooded park, dotted with audio and visual documents and military equipment, the site is nonetheless breathtaking, magical and terrible all at once!

La Coupole, Saint-Omer

La Coupole, 5 km from Saint-Omer, is one of the most impressive remains of the Second World War in Europe. With its crushing mass, the underground nature of its installations and the suffering of the forced labourers who built it, it is a symbolic site of Nazi oppression.

Camping Pas-de-Calais

The Mimoyecques Fortress

The Mimoyecques Fortress, also known as the "London Cannon", is one of the most impressive buildings conceived by Hitler, a few kilometres from the Deux Caps site. This entirely underground base, located in Landrethun-le-Nord, in a place called Mimoyecques, was to be used to install the V3 cannon. Like all "Vergelstungwaffe" retaliation weapons, the V3 was intended to bomb England and turn the tide of the Second World War. The site was hit by the Royal Air Force on 6 July 1944, notably with the giant "Tailboy" bombs, putting an end to a major threat to London and the Allies.

Musée Historique 39-45 Ambleuteuse

On the Côte d'Opale,road, a few kilometres from Boulogne-sur-mer, between Calais and Wimereux, the musée Historique 39-45 (Historical Museum of the Second World War) offers you an astonishing 800 m² tour of the last world conflict, from the Polish campaign to the surrender of Japan. More than 120 fully-equipped soldiers are shown in action, and thousands of objects are on display.A projection of an archive film in a 1940s cinema will take you back in time to the Normandy landings.

Calais War Museum

Located in the Parc Saint-Pierre opposite the Calais Town Hall, this memorial museum is the former command and transmission post of the German Navy, where the Calais War Museum now stands.

Camping Nord-Pas-de-Calais

The Ring of Remembrance

On 11 November 2014, to mark the centenary of the Great War, a memorial was inaugurated on which are engraved the names of 580,000 soldiers of all nationalities who died in French Flanders and Artois between 1914 and 1918.

Lens War Museum

Located in Souchez, at the heart of the Artois front, Mémoriel' 14 - 18
Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix presents the First World War on the soil of the Nord and Pas-de-Calais. The international centre offers an exceptional collection of iconographic documents: animated maps, letters, archive photographs (some never seen before), period films and emblematic objects from all over the world. The views of the different belligerents on the Artois and French Flanders fronts are expressed: Germans, French, British, Belgians and others. More than 300 large-format photos help visitors to understand and illustrate the offensives, while archive films immerse them in the First World War.


This monument represents Canada's most impressive tribute to those of its citizens who fought and gave their lives in the First World War.
It is a strategic high point, offering breathtaking views over the coalfield and the Artois hills, which were the scene of violent and bloody fighting on several occasions. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is the most prestigious Canadian monument in Europe. It became Canadian soil "a gift from the French nation to the Canadian people" and a symbol of international history, on which the names of the victims of the fighting are engraved. It was erected in memory of the 66,000 young Canadians who gave their lives here and in France, and commemorates the battle of 9 April 1917.

Camping Éperlecques


Just 45 minutes from the campsite, Ypres was one of the martyred towns of the First World War. From October 1914 to October 1918, the battlefield lay just a few kilometres from the centre of Ypres. The trenches stretched from north to south, describing an arc around the town. No fewer than five bloody battles were fought in this famous Ypres Salient.

Notre Dame de Lorette

Cemetery and memorial commemorating the violent fighting of 1915, one of the most hotly contested battlefields between October 1914 and September 1915.

Camping Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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