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Experience the Dutch Liberation Route

Date Posted: 26/09/2013

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Offering a wide range of guide material to support a school trip, the Liberation Route, running through north Brabant, Arnhem-Nijmegen and south Veluwe in The Netherlands, aims to help groups experience what happened during the final stage of World War Two.

The route takes you to over 80 audio spots, each marked by a large boulder and each with its own interesting and often moving story about the civilians and soldiers who lived and fought there during 1944 and 45.

The areas played an important role throughout the last years of World War Two: in Operation Market Garden and the Rhineland Offensive.

School trip organisers can choose how their party follows the route. You can walk, cycle or drive and be your own guide. There’s also the option of booking a guided bus tour or a ‘liberation tour’ in a historic vehicle.

About the Liberation Route

In September 1944, in an attempt to end the war before Christmas, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden.

This was the code name for an enormous allied offensive that consisted of large-scale airborne landings (market) and an infantry advance from Belgium, through north Brabant towards the Maas, Waal and Lower Rhine rivers (garden).

Despite the fact that it was one of the largest airborne operations in history, Operation Market Garden was only partially successful. After heavy fighting, Nijmegen and large parts of North Brabant were liberated, but Arnhem was not.

The final push for freedom came in February 1945: Operation Veritable, and with it, the start of the great Rhineland Offensive. In the end, freedom prevailed.

Information is included about the nearby memorials, museums and cemeteries; photos, videos routes, package deals, events and you can download all audio stories from the organisation’s website.

Teaching packs about the Liberation Route are available for students aged ten to 14.

The Liberation Route

From 2014 the Liberation Route Europe (LRE) Foundation will offer:

•    An interactive travelling exhibition: Our Road to Freedom.
•    Interactive international website and app with all historical and tourist information in five languages (English, French, Dutch, German and Polish).
•    Tourist packages, for the whole route as well as stage packages.
•    Liberation Route Europe certified guides (from 2015).

Museums along the Liberation Route

School groups travelling to the area can choose from a plethora of museums to visit. 

Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek: Experience the Battle of Arnhem in this modern and very appealing museum. The museum is located in the former headquarters of the British troupes.

Informationcenter in Arnhem: Six kilometres to the east of the Airborne Museum, on the south side of Arnhem city centre, lies the bridge over the Rhine river that was the final goal of Operation Market Garden. The bridge is famously known as ‘A Bridge Too Far’

Since September 2007, the Battle of Arnhem Information Centre has been situated at the foot of the bridge.

At the centre pupils can see unique images and listen to audio fragments of witnesses to the events, civilians as well as allied and German soldiers

National Liberation museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek: The Liberation Museum brings the historical events of the liberation by the American, British, Canadian and Polish troops back to life.

National War and Resistance Museum Overloon: In the National War and Resistance Museum, the history of World War Two is presented, with special emphasis on the liberation, with special attention to the Battle at Overloon.

For further school trip information contact:

Liberation Route Europe Foundation:
+31 (0)481-366266

School Travel Organiser's Guide