Due some structural work required at the East point and a part of the defence wall , only the paintball / airsoft will be possible for the 2016 season.
Charlemont, Citadel of Givet. You can soon visit this historical monument, built in 1555 by Charles V.
Visit his Underground Hospital, the legendary East Point and much more.
Also participate in the different sport activities: paintball, High adventure, Low adventure, zorb, lasertag, airsoft, junior paintball…
In a very short time Givet adventure became The largest paintball, airsoft, adventure and event site in the Benelux. We play the game we love in a 450 year old Citadel, unique in the world. Where else can you play paintball in a 200 year old abandon village build-up as a combat town 48 real houses with caves, attics. Ore play airsoft in a 800m long tunnel complex build by Napoleon, ore slide down a 150m long death ride down a wall constructed by Charles V. You can rappel a 90m high cliff witch drops from the Citadel in the river Meuse cross an adventure bridge 200m wide 25m high with view on the Meuse valley.
The Citadel is also one of the best views over Givet, Agimont, the Meuse and his surroundings.
Nice cafeteria where you can have a fine degustation out our 50 Belgian / French beers. You can also have a quick meal, Burger, Fries, Spaghetti, etc. After your paintball ore airsoft game.
The entire family can attend to our events we have an activity for all of you: Play gardens for the youngsters, culture, Musée, flea market and other shops, sports : paintball, airsoft, adventure but also swimming, hiking, rock and tree climbing and nature, live animals like sheep’s, goats and dears in liberty . The Citadel is place with unlimited possibilities. And most people won’t believe it is possible before they see this place. There fore the motto of the Citadel when it still was a trainings camp for Commando’s is “ Croire et Vaincre” ore Believe and win.
Have a nice time reading this website, and hopefully we will see you soon in Givet
Small history about the Citadel:
In 1554 the French invaded the province of Namur and captured the Spanish fortress of Mariembourg. This left a gap in the frontier defences, so to guard against further attacks Charles V'ordered the construction of two new fortresses. Both were built on land that had been purchased from the Bishopric of Liège.
Charles V's citadel of Charlemont in the 16th century.
The first was the fortified town of Philippeville, to the north of Mariembourg, and the second was the citadel of Charlemont, to the east. Charlemont was built on a steep-sided hill on the left bank of the river Meuse above the village of Givet.
This hill dominated the surrounding land and was an ideal location for a citadel. The only approach where the ground does not slope away steeply is on the west side.
The original fortifications of Charlemont, which was roughly triangular in shape, consisted of four large arrow-headed bastions'and two small ones at the narrow eastern end. There was a ditch'in front of the walls, but initially there were no outworks.
Charlemont and Philippeville were constructed as quickly as possible because of fears of a French attack. These fears were justified in July 1555 when a French force arrived at Charlemont while it was still under construction.
Charlemont seen from the north, near to where the French attacked the incomplete fortress in 1555.
In an attempt to stop the construction work, they attacked from a small hill just to the north of the fortress. However, after skirmishing with Spanish troops backed by guns that had been hastily installed in the incomplete fortifications, the French withdrew.
Construction was also hampered by a mutiny among the troops, who had been without pay and rations for some time, but the work was nevertheless finished relatively quickly. The completed fortress of Charlemont presented a serious obstacle to any advance down the Meuse towards Namur, with its high walls and ditches carved out of the rock.
The Porte de Rome, Charlemont's gate on the Meuse side.
There were three entrances to Charlemont, including the Porte de Rome, which was on the side of the Meuse, where a road was made up the steep cliff from the river bank to the fort. The other entrances were in the west and the north, where the ground was less steep.
The 17th century saw various fortifications constructed at Givet, although it is unclear exactly when and how they came about. In the first half of the century, France emerged from internal conflict to threaten the Spanish Netherlands again. It seems that at this time, or in the late 16th century, the Spanish carried out some improvements at Charlemont.
A French force under Maréchal de La Meilleraye laid siege to Charlemont in May 1640, but was forced to retreat. In 1675 another force under Maréchal de Crequi also failed. Finally in 1678, the Treaty of Nijmegen'transferred Givet to France. King Louis XIV'came to visit his newly acquired Citadel in 1680 and charged his military engineer Vauban'with strengthening it.
Vauban added a covered way'to the defences of Charlemont and at the western end, the most vulnerable approach, a large crownwork, although it is possible that the latter was built by the Spanish prior to 1678.
Since Charlemont only had enough accommodation for 2 battalions of infantry (it was still a town in its own right), Vauban had a large barrack building built below the fortress on the river bank. When completed, this building was 430 metres long, the longest barracks in France.
However, these reinforcements were relatively minor because the French were already building a strong fortress at Dinant, a short distance to the north. In the 1680s and early 1690s Givet was used as a magazine, a place where troops and supplies could be gathered.
But this activity attracted the attention of the Allies. In early 1696, after the Allies had recaptured Namur, the French had stored a large amount of supplies at Givet in preparation for the campaigning season.
The Allies decided to strike at the French and destroy their provisions to prevent them from undertaking a major siege that year. In a well-orchestrated raid, Coehoorn'took 30 battalions south from Namur and, leaving a force to surround Dinant, advanced on Givet. Keeping to the right bank of the Meuse to avoid Charlemont, the Allied troops entered the undefended Petit Givet (the part of the town on the south bank) and set fire to the barracks and storehouses there.
Since 2013 Givet adventure constructed his paintball, airsoft, adventure park