Liberation Route Nijmegen

Type: Bike route
Distance: 42.0 km

Liberation Route Nijmegen

Type: Bike route
Distance: 42.0 km

The Second World War did not pass unnoticed by Nijmegen and its surroundings. The city itself was liberated in September 1944 during the Allied Operation Market Garden.

The Second World War did not pass unnoticed by Nijmegen and its surroundings. The city itself was liberated in September 1944 during the Allied Operation Market Garden.

However, this did not go without a struggle. At least 48 Allied soldiers died while crossing the river Waal, hoping to take the bridge from the German troops on the other side.

Around Groesbeek—a stone’s throw away from the German Reichswald—there was also heavy fighting. American paratroopers landed in the hills around the village and then headed for Nijmegen. You can experience Market Garden and the liberation in the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. A little further south, in Overasselt, at one of the so-called Liberation Route Europe listening spots (L3), Josephine Baker is commemorated.

The entertainer performed there several times in October 1944. Nobody would guess that the ‘black pearl’ worked for the French resistance! Once back in Nijmegen you can see clearly that the heart of the city has been rebuilt after it was destroyed during a bombing by the Allied Air Force. More than 800 people were killed.

Distance
42.0 km

Sights on this route

Starting point: 6561 KN Groesbeek
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Audiospot: A farm in no man’s land

Wylerbaan 4
6561 KR Groesbeek
28 88 33 47 50 35
brug nummer 7

Audiospot: Bridge number 7

Kapitein Postmalaan
Heumen
27 26 44 43

Audiospot: Josphine Baker performs!

Hoogstraat 15
Overasselt
57 42 41 40 49

Sanadome Hotel & Spa Nijmegen

Weg door Jonkerbos 90
6532 SZ NIJMEGEN
22 24
Waalbrug Nijmegen

Audiospot: The Allies cross the Waal

Winselingseweg
6541 AH Nijmegen
20 02

hertogstraat
Nijmegen
Bombardement Nijmegen

Audiospot: The mistaken American bombing

Raadhuishof
6511 PT Nijmegen

Coehoornstraat
Nijmegen
03 04 07 08
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Audiospot: Hotel Sionshof

Hotel Sionshof
Nijmeegsebaan 53
6564 CC Heilig Landstichting

Audiospot: Heilig Land under fire

Profetenlaan 2
Berg en Dal
58 59

Restaurant De Heksendans
Oude Kleefsebaan 425
6572 AZ BERG EN DAL
29 28
End point: Groesbeek
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Trip/route

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  • Route characteristics: Connecting cycle route