Pointe du Hoc
Pointe du Hoc rises between Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy, where American troops landed during the D-Day events of June 1944. Though well-fortified by German troops, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group was able to scale the cliffs—the highest point in the area—and ultimately wrest back control of the coast from German forces. A monument to fallen American troops is situated atop the remains of a German bunker.
Pointe du Hoc features on numerous World War II history tours of Normandy, including full-day trips from Paris that also visit the Normandy beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery, and other pivotal sites.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Unlike many other World War II landmarks, Pointe du Hoc has been left largely untouched, and somber remnants of the conflict are still visible today.
A monument to Lieutenant Colonel James Earl Rudder, who led the Rangers in the Pointe du Hoc assault, also stands on site.
The clifftop memorial is always free to visit.
The events of D-Day have been immortalized in numerous Hollywood movies, including “The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
How to Get There
Pointe du Hoc is located between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. From Bayeux, the nearest major city, it is roughly a 30-minute drive via the N13. Guided tours from Paris make visiting the coastal site easier than ever.
When to Get There
The Pointe du Hoc Memorial is always open and accessible to visitors. To take in the full grandeur of the site, it’s best to visit during typical daytime hours—preferably on a sunny day, when views overlooking the coast below are at their clearest.
Normandy’s World War II Sites
Pointe du Hoc is just one of coastal Normandy’s important World War II landmarks. For visitors planning a full-day tour of the surrounding area, other essential stops include Omaha and Utah Beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, the Caen Memorial Museum, the D-Day Museum in Arromanches-sur-Mer, and the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère Église.