Limburg

Limburg

Start: Maastricht End: Arnhem 167 kilometer Duration: 4 Whole year

Limburg

The Second World War cost the lives of many civilians in Limburg, and a large number of towns and villages were destroyed by bombings and artillery battles. Various cemeteries, too, bear witness to this dark chapter in Limburg’s history. Almost 8,500 American soldiers, who perished during the liberation of the Netherlands, lie buried at the Netherlands

American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten. Other big war cemeteries can be found at Overloon for British soldiers, and the German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn was constructed in the Municipality of Venray for the 31,000 German soldiers who lost their lives here.

The route on the map

Day 1

Arrival to Maastricht, with the afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. The south Limburg region witnessed the first incursion of the Allied Forces into the Netherlands and the place where the liberation of the Netherlands had begun.

Day 2

City tour of Maastricht, followed by travel to the city of Margraten and a unique visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. The U.S. 30th Infantry Division liberated this site on 13 September 1944. Here rest 8,301 American military and was designated a cemetery and monument to the fallen on 10 November 1944.

Photos of day 2

Day 3

Departure northwards to the city of Beek to visit the Eye Witness Museum. The museum tells the story of the fictitious German paratrooper August Segel, who joined the German forces in 1935. After the invasion of the Netherlands he fought in Russia, in Normandy, in the Ardennes and all the way to the streets of Berlin. His story is used as a framework for the different dioramas in order to provide more background information about the various battle fields. After the museum visit, continue to Roermond, which became a city at the front at the end of December 1944 after the Allies had liberated parts of south Limburg, but their advance has stalled there. On the way to Nijmegen, stop for a visit to the German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn. In the afternoon arrival in the Arnhem-Nijmegen area and visit to the National Liberation Museum Groesbeek. Overnight in your hotel in Arnhem-Nijmegen.

Photos of day 3

Day 4

End of tour.

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