Kahl-Bürg – Le Tréport, France - Atlas Obscura

Kahl-Bürg

Le Tréport, France

Deep in the limestone cliffs of the Alabaster Coast, a German fortress built during World War II. 

2
35

The Germans built the Kahl-Bürg after Operation Jubilee, the unsuccessful raid on the shores of Dieppe which saw the loss of hundreds of Allied (largely Canadian) soldiers in 1942. Using prisoners of war, many of whom were Ukrainian women, they dug deep into the impressive chalk cliffs of Le Tréport to create an expansive bunker, or an “underground castle” over a period of two years. It consists of 32 rooms on four floors and has five openings to the sea and the city, including three observation posts and two combat posts.

For 60 years after the Battle of Normandy, the Kahl-Bürg remained abandoned. It was not until the early 2000s that it was restored, becoming one of the best-preserved sites of WWII. The site remains open thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers.

Know Before You Go

 See website for opening times. Guided tours only. Free (tips encouraged).

Community Contributors
Added by

November 28, 2022

Make an Edit Add Photos
In partnership with KAYAK

Plan Your Trip

Want to see fewer ads? Become a Member.
From Around the Web