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A transitional fort of the 19th century

Where is it?

The fort of Peigney is near the village of Peigney in the departement of Haute-Marne in the south of the Champagne region.

It is about 2 kilometres from the walled town of Langres and near to the camping site and the reservoir of La Liez, on the road D52.

Map of France
Entrance of the fort of Peigney, 25-05-2019

The Fort de Peigney is one of eight detached forts which were built to protect the city of Langres in north-eastern France. The other forts are la Bonnelle, Cognelot, Montlandon, Plesnoy, la Pointe de Diamant, Saint-Menge, et Dampierre.

It was later incorporated into the defense system developed by the General Séré de Rivières in the late 19th century to protect France against a German invasion.

The forts of this period were of a simpler polygonal form than the large star fortresses developed by the military engineer Vauban in the 17th century. With improvements in artillery, cities had become too vulnerable to long range canons. The solution was to build a series of small forts in a ring around the city to be defended. The fort of Peigney is an example of this type of fortification. It was one of the last forts built before the introduction of new techniques of fortification by Séré de Rivières.

Visits 2024

Guided visits in French

6 July until 15 September. All at 3:00 p.m.

  • July and August - Saturday and Sunday
  • September - Sunday

Price: Adult 4.50 €. Free for children under 12 (in the care of an adult).

Groups of at least 15 people, are accepted by reservation.
3.50 € per person. School group: 2.50 € per student.

You can contact the association via our contact form.

Tours without a guide

Price : 4 €.

There are explanation panels in English, German and Dutch, at various points on the visit.

Calendar of events, 2024

  • Sunday 12 May : Vide grenier (Car boot sale)
  • The weekend of 29th and 30th July : Salon «Terroir et artisanat local»
    Terroirs et artisinat local au Fort de Peigney

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