We are traveling in June 2020 to Belgium, Lux. and France. I want to take several days and tour Battle of the Bulge sites. We plan to spend three nights in Bastogne and tour the museums and sights there. I am interested in another site that would be well located to tour other BOB sites, preferably one with a train station. any suggestions or thoughts are welcome. I have already lined up a tour while in Bastogne. thank you
The Battle of the Bulge was on a relatively wide front and today that line is not conveniently served by rail service. From St. Vith through Baugnez (site of the Malmedy massacre) thru Bastogne and into Luxembourg there are numerous places to visit.
Without benefit of a tour guide and transportation, most of your days would be spent on a bus interspersed with brief stops at sites along the way.
I would look at “The Longest Winter” or perhaps “The Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now” as just an example of creating a tour route and understanding the battle. The Ardennes Campaign was not a set piece battle that can be served up in an easy visual like Gettysburg, Waterloo or perhaps D-Day.
Once you understand the battle then Trip Advisor can probably lead you to nice/convenient places to stay. Bottom line, study up, rent a car and visit a nice place that was the site of a major battle.
I spent a long weekend touring Battle of the Bulge sites with my nephew some 10 years ago. We stayed in Houffalize, which I enjoyed more than Bastogne (where I'd stayed on a previous trip). My favorite day was the one in which we followed the route of Peiper's advance from just east of the Belgian border to the point where it was stopped (northern part of battlefield area). If you are anywhere near it, I recommend a brief stop at the British war cemetery at Hotton; the British approach to their war cemeteries is very poignant.
Thanks very much for the replies. I really appreciate it. My father fought in the BOB and i have read several books about it.... including a couple with letters home from soldiers in the same division as my dad. I also have some of his letters so i have a good sense of his path before and after the BOB. Jeff I agree with you in that it looks like public transportation is not much of an option.
Here is my itinerary in case you'd like to comment. Spend a night in Lux. city once we arrive in Europe. Then rent a car and tour the American cemetery on the outskirts of town before driving to Ettelbruck to tour the Patton Museum. Then drive to Bastogne and spend four nights there. We have one all day tour guide trip from Bastogne and intend to drive around ourselves on the other days. We plan to drive to Esh-sur-Sure and Eschdorf as well as visit the sites in Bastogne. We would like to visit a former POW camp site but it doesnt seem that there are any very close.
I welcome any additions to this itinerary or suggestions.
Thank you again,
Visit La Gleize. It’s an interesting point that reflects the limits of the German advance with Kampfgruppe Pieper. St Vith is interesting and well signed to reflect the back and forth with German and American forces. Watch to Band of Brothers episode “Breaking Point” which reflects fighting on the Bastogne perimeter in Jan 45, then visit the Bois Jacque just outside Bastogne. Hopefully your tour of Bastogne will take you around the American perimeter which gives a good perspectives of that battle. Finally POWs were consolidated and then moved back to Germany. No real chance of seeing a permanent site outside the “Reich”.
It’s fascinating to tour battlefields in Europe....you’ll enjoy it.