Every corner of the Netherlands hides treasures from the past. During WWII, after four years of occupation, the Allied troops entered the city of Maastricht in September 1944. After Operation Market Garden, the terrible Battle of the Scheldt followed. In early 1945, the area around Nijmegen became the scene of Operation Veritable, the start of the Rhineland Offensive. Nowadays, you can still retrace the course of the Battle of the Scheldt in southwestern Netherlands, by visiting Liberation Museum Zeeland and the war cemeteries in Bergen op Zoom. Find a great number of Market Garden-related sites, especially around Arnhem and Nijmegen, which were greatly damaged during the war. Visit National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 or Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ and gaze over the iconic John Frost Bridge of Arnhem. Discover Hell’s Highway in Museum Wings of Liberation. In the provinces of Limburg and Overijssel, walk through American, British and Canadian war cemeteries, and explore the Eyewitness Museum and the Memory Museum.
Liberation Route audio spots
Along the Liberation Route in the Netherlands you will experience what happened in 1944-1945. Almost 200 audio spots have been created across the Netherlands in the provinces of Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland, Overijssel and Drenthe. The German-Dutch border region also offers Liberation Route audio spots. At each audio spot, a story tells about the impressive experiences of one or more people at the end of WWII. The stories of these locations can be downloaded free from www.liberationroute.com (also for mobile internet) or listened to via telephone at 0900-54 23 728. With a smartphone or tablet you can also download the Liberation Route Europe app. This free app is available for iPhone and Android and offers easy access to historical events, sites, biographies, audio stories and more interesting content. It is even possible to download information before visiting a site.