Fellow travelers, We are considering the "My Way" trip in May, beginning in Paris and ending in Rome. We have always wanted to visit a certain grave in the WWII American cemetery near Maastrict. Can anyone give tips on how best to get there from Rome? Thank you ever so much!
Fly to either Luxembourg City, Köln/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Brussels or Amsterdam. Otherwise, expect longer than 24 hours by car or on a train.
Netherlands American Cemetery lies in the village of Margraten, 6 miles east of Maastricht. Maastricht can be reached by train from Paris (Gare du Nord) via Liège, any city in Holland, or from Germany via Aachen. A bus service runs from Maastricht railroad station. We stayed in Aachen and took the train to Maastrict. GPS Coordinates: N50 49.260 E5 48.223 If you do go to Maastrict, do try to visit the Valkenburg Cave. It is huge. The are charcoal paintings inside during WW2 and before. He is some infor on it. It is awesome. They take you by boat from Maastrict via the Maas River. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkenburg_resistance
I may be wrong on the name of the cave. The painted caves we visited were just up or down (not sure) by boat from Maastricht on the river Maas. The cave we visited was used to mine large limstone slabs for hundreds of years. During WW2 the resistance hid escaping American Soldiers, Jews and others from the Germans. Many of the GIs and others wrote on the walls. There was even a chapel. It was awesome.