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The 6 municipalities of the valley

Stories from the towns of the valley

Des anecdotes sur les six communes de la vallée de l’agglomération Portes de France – Thionville, il y en a !  L’équipe de Pays Thionvillois Tourisme vous en conte quelques unes, sélectionnées rien que pour vous. Sites touristiques, activités, savoir-faire, découvrez aussi les incontournables de chaque commune.
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There are numerous crosses and Bildstocks in this territory. They are the signs of the vivid popular devotion in this town and they are usually located on a square, at a crossroad or by the side of a road as an ex-voto. One of the most ancient one is called “Croix de peste de la Chappelle Saint-Marc”, it is located in Haute-Ham and it was built in 1533.

If it has the peaceful side and the architecture of the Lorraine village, Basse-Ham has nothing to envy to the other localities of the agglomeration. Composed of three distinct entities, Basse-Ham, Haute-Ham and Saint-Louis, it has been transformed into a dynamic town, with its Nautic’Ham leisure center as a flagship location.


The Fort of Illange was built between 1903 and 1910 during the German annexation in order to protect the fortified group of Guentrange. It was intended to accommodate up to 1,200 soldiers and it was composed of a fortified barrack circled by four infantry barracks with ditches made of concrete and stake shelters. All of it was firmly surrounded by a barbwire network and connected with underground tunnels.


In Kuntzig you can still find a former employer’s lodging. Located on the 73 Grand Rue, it is the witness of the soap industry in this village the end of the XIXth century. It was built for Hawner (a manufacturer) and four years later a tallow smelter was added. It was used in the making of soap and for the leather industry.


Among all the archaeological discoveries in Thionville and its surroundings, the most famous ones are the vases of Yutz. These coral and enamel decorated pots, with their wolf-shaped handle are the proof of the great skills of the ceramic workshop workers in Yutz. The Louvre and various museums in Metz did not want these vases but the British Museum decided to incorporate them in its collection.