In remembrance of WWII, the Airborne walk takes place every first Saturday in September.
The actual Airborne walk, that I walked several times when I was a teenager, is not in Arnhem but in nearby Oosterbeek. That's where I lived during all my high school years.
So from Arnhem, take the 5 minute train ride to Oosterbeek.
There's a farm camping in Doorwerth (3 kms from Oosterbeek): http://www.vvvoosterbeek.nl/index.php?mod=show_detail&nawid=488&titel_text=SVR%20camping%20De%20Boersberg
and two more campings here in Oosterbeek itself:
(NOTE: If you need help translating, let me know!)
Camping aan de Veluwe is the one I suggest: it's a 9 minute walk from Oosterbeek train station and also walkable into the village of Oosterbeek.
Here's everything you need to know about the Airborne March (in English):
Be sure to make your accommodation reservations well in advance of 6 September 2008.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Airborne museum "Hartenstein"
Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein'
6862 AZ Oosterbeek
Every year the Museum has a different exposition on some specific aspect of the Battle.
Guided walks through the combat areas are organised. Applications at the Museum.
More extensive battlefield tours are organised throughout the year. Guided by experts the participants travel by coach, in the course of a day visiting the places that played a role in the Battle.
The Airborne Museum is situated in the centre of Oosterbeek and is conveniently signposted. A direct trolleybus service connects the Museum with Arnhem railway station. From Oosterbeek railway station to the Museum is about 10 minutes walk.
Weekdays 1 Apr - 1 Nov
10.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Weekdays 1 Nov - 1 Apr
11.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Sundays and public holidays
12.00 - 17.00 hrs.
Closed: New Year's Day and Christmas Day.
Children (5-15), OAP... 3,50
- Museum Visits
A trip to the Westerbouwing
From Arnhem boats leave to the Westerbouwing. This used to be an attractionparc on one of the hills near the river Rhine at Oosterbeek. The attraction-parc has gotten very small, but the surrounding nature and spectacular views from the hills over the riverlands, still draw people here. The boattrip itself is also a joy.
Forestry all around Oosterbeek
Take a walk in one of the numerous beautiful forests around Oosterbeek. Between Arnhem and Oosterbeek, for example, lies the estate of "Mariëndaal" which (I already told on my arnhem-page) hides a very wonderful secret. In the mansion the company I work is settled: Blgg Oosterbeek.
Another pretty place is the forest on either side of the Italian road (Italiaanse weg). This lane has very sepcific trees and is very recommended by me. The battle comemorating Airborne-march (see sports) goes also along this way. It also passes the Common Wealth Airborne cemetry. Realise and respect the forest in silence. Maybe a morbid though, but not ment like that: even now-a-days remainders of fallen soldiers are found in the forests around Oosterbeek. Fighting was fierce here and many found there death in liberating a strangers country..
Located across a path from the Oosterbeek War Cemetery, this civilian cemetery is a neat place to take a stroll. It is heavily shaded; a vast contrast from its neighbor, and is a bit creepy.
The headstones pictured here look like minatures, but they're actually 4 to 5 feet tall!
This monument is situated across the Airborne museum. To honour the victims during the second world war
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits