World War 2 Tour in Alsace

Private day tour in Alsace to discover emblematic places of the Second World War.

World War 2 tour in Alsace. Alsace is a border region, it has unfortunately always been exposed to conflicts. After the First World War, we wanted to fortify the border to avoid a new invasion and we built the Maginot Line.

Places to discover

Visit the Maginot Line, essential fortification sites from the Second World War in Alsace

In the north of Alsace, the Schoenenbourg fort or the Simserhof fort are two absolutely spectacular places. Their kilometers of underground galleries and their artillery turrets bear witness to the life of their garrison on the eve of the Second World War.

Built between 1931 and 1935, Fort Schoenenbourg constitutes a major artillery structure whose main mission was to secure northern Alsace, in coordination with neighboring structures. A garrison of 600 men lived there. The fort was equipped with extensive living, service and combat facilities, mainly underground.

A network of galleries extending over nearly 3 kilometers and plunging on average 22 meters below the surface of the ground linked these different structures together. During the visit, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the inner workings of the fort, from the living quarters to the combat blocks. This exploration lasts approximately 2.5 hours and involves walking about 4 kilometers. Possibility of using a wheelchair on 90% of the visit for people with walking difficulties.

Concentration Camp Struthof/Natzweiler

World War 2 Tour in Alsace, visit the concentration camp Struthof
World War 2 Tour in Alsace, visit the concentration camp Struthof

Other sites bear witness to the terrible and troubled history of this period. This is the case of the former Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp. During World War 2 thousands of prisoners were deported to Natzweiler. The Americans discovered the camp at the end of November 1944. Designed as a place for reflection and meeting, this open-sky museum is an introduction to visiting the camp located nearby. Tactile terminals, videos and photos present the history of the Second World War.

More than 20,000 people disappeared there forever. The site, protected as a historic monument, became a major place of national memory in 2014. Its purpose is to transmit the memory of the deportees of Natzweiler and allows visitors to discover the horror of a concentration camp.

Inaugurated in 2005, the European Center for Deported Resisters (CERD) introduces the visit to the site by giving visitors the interpretation tools necessary to better understand the history of the camp, and more broadly that of the Deportation and the European Resistance.

Alsace-Moselle Memorial

Visit a museum of the Second World War in Alsace
In this museum you will learn more about the situation in the region during the Second World War.

In Schirmeck, the Alsace Moselle Memorial. It summarizes – spectacular supporting documents – regional history from 1870 to the end of the 20th century. Near Colmar the Musée Mémorial des Combats de la Poche de Colmar brings together an exceptional collection of objects. They tell, with incredible precision, the story of the battles which liberated Alsace, then annexed to Nazi Germany.

Between 1871 and 1945, Alsatians and Mosellans were subject to four changes of nationality. From 1940 to 1945, Alsace and Moselle were the only parts of French territory to be annexed by the Third Reich. To understand this situation, it is essential to retrace the steps of a region long disputed between France and Germany, and which today draws its richness from the cultures inherited from this tumultuous history.

The Alsace-Moselle Memorial offers an immersive and dynamic experience to retrace the unique history of these regions, from 1870 to the present day, particularly highlighting the period of the Second World War.

Impossible to visit these three places in a single day. We can organize several days of World War 2 day tour on this theme for you.

Example of Itinerary + Price

World War 2 day tour in Alsace, here is a typical itinerary to follow.

  • Departure from Colmar at 9 a.m.
  • Visit to the Alsace Moselle Museum
  • Visit to the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp
  • Return to Colmar around 6 p.m.

The price of a day trip to Alsace will depend on the exact content of your day. (place of departure/place of return/places visited etc.)

Price for this World War 2 day tour in Alsace : 740 EUR for 2 people + 30 EUR per additional person
Included: Driver + Transport in comfortable minivan + parking fees + Pick-up/drop-off in Colmar
Not included: Your Lunch + anything you can buy during the day

The itinerary above is an example. It can be changed according to your wishes. Contact me via the CONTACT tab and let’s discuss your project together. Book our minivan with driver and let’s visit the places that make you dream.

We can even combine these visits with the discovery of pretty Alsatian villages or even the discovery of the Alsace vineyards.

Who I am

My name is Pierre and I am Alsatian and a true fan of Alsace and World War history. Follow me and discover the history of the WW2 in Alsace on a private day tour.

From 2020 I am making private day tour in Alsace and the Upper Rhine Vallee. I lived in Alsace since 2010. I was born at 1 hour driving from Strasbourg in Lorraine, and after my studies, made in tourism industry, I moved in Strasbourg to work. 

And you know what, I never wanted to go back in Lorraine. Why? 

Because Alsace is a so nice place to live, full of traditions, restaurants, bar, winemakers, vineyards, mountains, beautiful landscape, nearby Germany, Switzerland, with a lot of international airports to travel. 

I am really in love with Alsace. I am a real wine lover so here I am very happy. Let me drive you through Alsace and show you my favorite places. 


Melissa Sullivan
Melissa Sullivan
10 December 2023
Spectacular is the first word jumps to mind when thinking of our day out and about with Pierre! He is an incredible guide and an absolute joy to spend a day with in his beloved Alsace. He took us to three beautiful villages to see Christmas markets, and threw in a couple of extra bonuses, including a delicious lunch at a great restaurant in a little spot above Colmar and a quick visit to his charming hometown, which has a very interesting twist on the history of Christmas. Our day with Pierre was a true highlight of our visit to the area. Would certainly do another tour with Pierre next time we're in Alsace. Thank you for creating a magical memory!
Patty Armbrust
Patty Armbrust
10 December 2023
We just left the beautiful Alsace region of France with wonderful memories to take home with us. Most of this was made possible by our guide and driver, Pierre. His knowledge of the area and its history was impressive. He recommended the best markets and restaurants to visit, and he was flexible if we wanted to make a change or two. Leaving is bittersweet, but we will return to lovely Riquewihr and for sure will contact our new friend, Pierre. The experience was a PERFECT 10!
Frannie Bailey
Frannie Bailey
8 December 2023
My Mom and I had a wonderful time with Pierre. He is so kind and has a great knowledge for the best places and markets to visit. My Grandpa was in WWII so he also showed us some sights in Alsace regarding the war that were interesting. I’m so happy to have seen things we never would have known about without Pierre. Highly recommend!
Céline Hertzler
Céline Hertzler
27 October 2023
Superbe expérience. Nous vivons en Alsace depuis toujours et pourtant Pierre nous a appris tant de choses. Que vous veniez découvrir l'Alsace ou que vous pensiez déjà tout savoir ne passez pas à côté de Pierre et tout ce qu'il a à vous transmettre. Merci pour cette belle journée.
Béatrice SCHAAL
Béatrice SCHAAL
26 October 2023
J'ai visité le musée Lalique avec Pierre, une mine d'informations et un accueil très chaleureux. Je referai d'autres sorties avec lui!!
hélène paulus
hélène paulus
24 October 2023
Pierre est fantastique, il connaît tout de l'Alsace, ses coins cachés et ses bonnes tables ! Je recommande à 100% ses services, même quand on vit en Alsace depuis des lustres comme moi, il arrive quand même à nous apprendre quelque chose et à nous faire passer un moment inoubliable!
8 October 2023
We were a group of 6 visiting Strasbourg after Porto. At Frankfurt airport we opted for Pierre Papuga’s 7 seater minivan airport transfer instead of Lufthansa’s coach service or the TGV. We were warmly greeted by Pierre whom we found to be extremely friendly, patient and passionate in ensuring that our 3 day stay in Strasbourg would be an enjoyable experience! Under his care n guidance, we visited Heidelberg enroute Strasbourg and the numerous neighbouring villagers during our stay. We were deeply impressed by his knowledge of the Alsace region, it’s historical development and all the fascinating sights at the villages we visited. For those with interests in wine and vineyards visits, we think Pierre will be an ideal guide due to his knowledge and passion for the wines in the region. We find Pierre extremely helpful and patient in his interactions with us and highly recommend him to those interested in visiting the Alsace region! Mark Foo, Singapore.
Stephanie Shelton
Stephanie Shelton
23 September 2023
We had the BEST DAY with Pierre! He helped organized a customized tour with him. We visited to amazing villages in the Alsace region (Equisheim & Riquewhir) We got to experience a local cheese shop for lunch in Guebwiller. We finished our tour at Domaines Schlumberger. The wine was incredible and so was the company! We wish we could take Pierre everywhere with us. He was so insightful, knowledgeable, and friendly! He answered all of our questions and we left with so much more knowledge!! We left with a new friend. Thank you Pierre.
Kahraman Inan
Kahraman Inan
11 September 2023
Brilliant Tour in Alsace which we highly recommended. Our Guide Pierre was very friendly, informative and supportive. If we have a chance to come beautiful Alsace again, definitely we will prefer our Dear Friend Pierre.
Jean-Luc Schnelzauer
Jean-Luc Schnelzauer
10 September 2023
Pierre a organisé en aout notre transfert en famille de lipsheim à l aéroport de Francfort. Très avenant , aux petits soins, l ensemble de la prestation était parfaite. A refaire sans hésiter.

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