Le Grand Bunker - Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique

Caen
Normandy
Museums

Le Grand Bunker - Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique is a fascinating museum inside the German bunker at Ouistreham which has been recreated inside to look as it would have done on D-Day. The 52ft high concrete bunker was in charge of the batteries covering the River Orne and the canal and formed a last pocket of resistance when the British troops landed at Sword Beach and took the town. A garrison of German soldiers was held up inside for 3 days after D-Day until Lieutenant Bob Orrell of the Royal Engineers, accompanied by 3 men, blew upon the armoured door with explosives and the garrison surrended.

Inside the bunker you can see all 6 floors filled with rooms recreated to look as as they were during the war - the generator room, the medical bay, the radio transmissions room, ammunitions store and many others including the observation post with a 360° view over Sword Beach at the top. As the Museum of the Atlantic Wall, there are also lots of photographs and documents about the creation of the Atlantic Wall and beach defences, the artillery and the observation posts.

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Trouville in Normandy is both a charming seaside resort and a picturesque fishing village all in one!

Nearby attractions

The left-hand flank of the D-Day landings, Sword Beach was one of the British landing beaches and is close to our port in Ouistreham.

This museum pays tribute to the actions of the French commandos under Lieutenant Commander Philippe Kieffer, who landed on Sword Beach during the D-Day Landings.

The Merville Gun Battery was one of the primary objectives for the 6th Airborne Division who landed in the night to silence German guns and seize bridges before the arrival of the D-Day landings in the morning of 6th June 1944...