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jekinder622 Aug 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

Greetings all,
My wife and I will be in Saarbrucken Germany for a wedding in October. I'm renting a car this trip. Looking at the map, it's about a two hour drive to Bastogne from there. Any opinions on the museums in Bastogne or specific sites to visit in the area? Thanks.

John Kinder

21eRegt22 Aug 2018 5:59 p.m. PST

First and foremost, make sure you don't go on a Monday. It's closed. Everything. Learned the hard way.

Major Mike22 Aug 2018 8:02 p.m. PST

If you go towards or thru Luxembourg City, there are two cemeteries there, one American and the other German. General Patton is buried at the American one.

raylev323 Aug 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Just went in May…the 101st Museum in Bastogne is worth a stop. Also there is a museum right at the sight of the Malmedy massacre, Baugnez 44, that was pretty darn good. We found it by accident when we went to visit the Malmedy massacre site. (I didn't realize until then that the massacre was not at Malmady, but to the south at Baugnez.

It's also good going to the Malmedy area from Bastogne because you see the terrain the Germans had to fight through on their northern flank…really makes you understand how tough the Germans had it up there. The terrain is a bitch, especially if you figure the roads (tracks) were even worse back then.

The Bastogne War Museum just outside Bastogne gets press, but we weren't that impressed. It's professional and has some interesting exhibit, but it's more interested in telling a fiction story about Belgium civilians, and American soldier, and a German soldier (POW) stuck in a basement during bombing runs and how they all suffered together and, in the end, they were all the same. Meh.

If you can only hit one museum in Bastogne, I'd recommend the 101st Airborne Museum.

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