10 Rue du Fort Vesques
You will definitely want to use GPS on this visit as it is off the beaten track a bit. But as always most of these museums are easy enough to find. If you are coming from the west take the D221 motorway (highway) which will turn into the D207. You will take a left on the D207 at a road called Rue des Sarts. I filmed this trip in my car and will include that footage at a later date. Once on the Rue des Sarts keep driving until the road turns into a slight right hand turn, that street is called Rue du Fort Vesques. The museum is to your left, there are plenty of sign posts leading you to the museum parking lot. If you are coming from the north take the D219 motorway (highway) that will turn into the D221. If you are coming from the north easterly direction take the D300 motorway (highway) and take a left at the road Rue du Fort Vesques.
This is one of the most staggering museums I have ever seen, it's a truly remarkable place and I really can't quite put into words at how massive this bunker site is. It is an astonishing site and if you are visiting France put this museum at the very top of the list.
You really don't get the full magnitude of this place until after you have gone through a small number of outside exhibits. The train tracks which brought the slave labor into the site during the construction are still there as are two of the box cars that held the men that worked on the construction. As you walk into the box car during a sweltering summer day in France the doors are shut and an audio track is piped in with the sounds of the train, the journey to the site and finally it's squeaking wheels grinding to a stop. The sounds of German soldiers ordering you off the train and the moans of those that are there to do the work begin. As you leave the car you walk up a path where there are some small exhibits to the left and right, but at the end of the trail you come face to face with a concrete structure that defies the imagination, it is truly one of those moments where you say out loud "oh my god"!
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I used two different cameras on the 2016 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPhone Six S Plus.