Visit of the Mont-Valérien: Place of memory and walk

The walk follows the pedestrian path that winds around Mont-Valérien (Promenade Jacques Baumel). It allows you to discover the history of this place.

A very easy walk around the Mont-Valérien, it is very pleasant because it allows to have a nice circular view on all the west of the Paris region. The Mont-Valérien is one of the highest points of the Ile-de-France. There is a large parking lot next to the memorial. It is more difficult to get there by public transport (bus).'' It should be noted that the crypt, the clearing of the shootings and the chapel are not freely accessible because they are located on a military domain. It is compulsory to follow a guided tour. To do so, you must go to the information centre which is located on the left on the main square of the memorial. The guided tour is free, generally there are two visits scheduled on Sunday afternoon. Do not hesitate to ask for information on the spot as many people miss the most interesting tour. Once the historical visit is over, you can walk around the Mont-Valérien in the small park.

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Duration: 2 h.

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Belle promenade avec la visite de la partie historique sur la seconde guerre mondiale. Beaux points de vue sur la région parisienne.

The Memorial of Fighting France

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The Memorial of Fighting France
Behind the bronze doors is a crypt in which sixteen remains of the soldiers of the Second World War lie. An empty vault is reserved for the last companion of the Liberation.

The Cross of Lorraine

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The Cross of Lorraine
The monument in memory of the dead of the 39-45 war. Mont-Valérien was chosen because of the many resistance fighters who were shot in the fort by the Germans. Every year we commemorate the call of June 18, 1940.

The Clairiére des fusillés

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The Clairiére des fusillés
It is here, inside the fort held by the Germans, that more than 1000 resistance fighters were shot. A plaque commemorates the memory. Next to it is a disused chapel where the men sometimes spent their last moments. This place is only accessible with guides. You can get information at the Mont-Valérien reception centre located on the esplanade. The schedule of the visits is not very clear for individual visitors, you may have to wait a little on the spot. In any case, the guided tour is free.

Equestrian Centre

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Equestrian Centre
After the visit of the esplanade you can walk around the mount, there is a small park, it borders an equestrian centre.

An orientation table

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An orientation table
An orientation table allows you to find your way around. You can see La Défense and Nanterre.

The American Cemetery

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The American Cemetery
Continuing the tour of Mont-Valérien you can visit an American cemetery, it contains the graves of American soldiers who fell during the two world wars. The cemetery was given by France to the United States, it is a quiet place and very well maintained. To see.

The graves of American soldiers

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The graves of American soldiers
The cemetery contains many more soldiers from the first war than from the second war. Donald Trump came to pay tribute to American soldiers on the centennial of the end of World War I.

View on Paris

View on Paris
If you leave the promenade and walk along the road you can reach an esplanade overlooking Paris and the Bois de Boulogne.

View on Rueil-Malmaison

View on Rueil-Malmaison
The park offers a view of the entire Ile-de-France region.

The park

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The park
The park runs along the fort's enclosure, which is a military site. Sometimes the space is narrow, here we have more space.

The entrance to the fort

The entrance to the fort
The fort houses the 8th Army Transmission Regiment. It still has a pigeon racing unit. The fort is a military site and can only be visited during the Heritage Days in September.

Parking

Starting point. Parking

Information centre

Starting point for free guided tours.

Departure point (Google Maps)

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