Eben-Emael Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 36 photos

When it was finished in 1935 – though work would continue up to 1940 – Fort Eben Emael was considered one of the most impregnable forts in the World. For a German invasion of the Low Countries to succeed, the fort’s elimination was essential. Ten gliders carrying some 77 paratroopers landed atop the fort on 10 May 1940 and the fort was put out of action within the first half hour – though the Belgian defenders would hold out another 30 hours before finally surrendering. The raid is one of the most famous Special Force operations of all time. The fort is still under the jurisdiction of the Belgian Army, but one weekend a month it opens to visitors. You can do a self-guided tour of the Barracks area and you can also take longer guided tours through the fort and/or to the gun cupolas. Outside, a trail will take you atop the fort where you can get a much better perspective of the German operations.

  • Last visit to Eben-Emael: May 2009
  • Intro Written Jun 22, 2009
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  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Checking out possible day trips when I'm in Belgium in March. This city looks quite interesting, and is a history lesson to boot.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Another excellent page. Nice detail on the German assault on the complex. Very descriptive photos!

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 3:41 AM

    It was interesting to read your tips on Eben-Emael as I work in the defense industry. Oops, and happy birthday to you:) Greetings from Ankara, Pinar.


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