Luxembourg German War Cemetery

by Scott Manning on April 25, 2013

After visiting the Luxembourg American Cemetery, I convinced my German coworker that we should visit the Germany War Cemetery as well. It just over a mile away.


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The following description, photos, and video comes from my trip there on April 18, 2013.

The German cemetery holds over 10,000 fallen German soldiers who fought during the Battle of Bulge.

There is no visitor center, only a doorway with an angel above it.

Luxembourg German War Cemetery

We were the only visitors.

Luxembourg Germany Cemetery

Each cross appeared to represent at least four German soldiers. There were two names on the front and two names on the back.

Luxembourg German War Cemetery

This is the other side of the cross above.

Luxembourg German War Cemetery

There is no chapel, but instead a giant cross in the back that provides a different view of the cemetery.

Luxembourg German War Cemetery

Here is a video scanning the cemetery.

The experience was worth the trip and visitors of the American cemetery should venture out to the German cemetery in order to see the fallen of the opposing side.

 

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1 Bernd Ulrich May 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

We have an Organisation here in Germany, which takes care of all war cemeteries:
http://www.volksbund.de/en/volksbund.html
Sorry, only the homepage is translated. But there is no effort to find any cemetery by this interactive map:
http://www.volksbund.de/kriegsgraeberstaetten.html

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2 Scott Manning May 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Bernd, thank you for the links. I just realized that I was near the Langemark cemetery a few weeks ago. I will make sure to visit it next time.

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3 Roberta Wiley May 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

This is a massive complex in a very green location near the city limits to the west. It is not far from my house and I used to get chills down my spine when driving past it at night on my scooter because I could feel the temperature drop about 10 degrees Fahrenheit once crossing F├╝rstenrieder on Waldfriedhof Str. This is properly deemed a ‘Wald’ or forest. There are plenty of trees and shade and plenty of graves! This cemetery is divided into two parts: the old and the new Waldfriedhof. Supposedly, you can admire the resting places of local artist, scientists, and actors, as well as anonymous persons and war casualties. There is even a large, section in the far southern part dedicated to Italian war casualties. The only local personality I have come across is Leni Riefenstahl, located in section 505. Across the road on Tischlerstr. Is a lovely memorial and cemetery for WWI and WWII casualties. During May, the grass is littered with forget-me-nots, dandelions and daisies, making it a peaceful place to visit.. If you visit in the warm months, you can visit the Waldheim beer garden accessible through the cemetery (follow the sign from Loretto Platz) and from the west end of Tischlerstr.

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