After the Second World War, countries such as France, Belgium or even Spain built cemeteries in order to offer a place to the soldiers that lost their lives during this conflict. Today, visiting these places means going back in History by remembering the days of battles and sadness. German, American, British, French and many other nationalities find part of their own history in different corners of Europe.
Here you have some Second World War cemeteries you should visit.
Ardennes America Cemetery
This cemetery is situated near Liege (Belgium) and it was designed by architects Reinhard, Hofmeister&Walquist. Here we find the graves of more than 5,000 American militaries, many of whom died in the Battle of the Bulge. The headstones are aligned in rows that form a Greek cross separated by two broad intersecting paths.
Route du Condroz 164, B-4121 Neuville-en-Condroz (Belgium)
German Military Cemetery in La Cambe
This is a large collection of more than 21,000 German war graves, based closed to Bayeux. Originally, this area was the site of a battlefield cemetery where American and German soldiers, sailors and airmen were buried. After the war ended, all the American remains were transferred according to the wishes of their families, some being reinterred at the new permanent American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, with amazing views to the famous Omaha Beach. La Cambe was officially inaugurated as a German War Cemetery in 1961 and today we can visit more than 20,000 German burials from the Second World War.
Whoever visits this piece of land in North of France, will easily feel how fresh and mystic the air is around its surrounding towns and roads. A must see? Any of the multiple cidreries in the area. The exquisite taste of Normandy apples won’t disappoint you!
German Military Cemetery, 14230, La Cambe (France)
Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth Cemetery of the Second World War. Based 30 kilometres North-West Caen (France), it was completed in 1952 and contains 4,144graves of British soldiers that died in the II World War, 338 of them unidentified. After this visit, there will be another pending one: Bayeux (France). This lovely and medieval town is home to cobble streets, little restaurants that serve delicious crêpes and of course, museums. It’ s definitely worth a visit to the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum, where you can find out more about the key events that led to Bayeux becoming the first town in France to be liberated in 1944.
Bayeux War Cemetery, 14400 Bayeux (France)
Cuacos de Yuste German War Cemetery
Although Spain wasn’t involved in the II World War, some German soldiers died here. Most of them were from the navy or the air force that crashed on Spanish land. This is a small cemetery where all German war memorials were moved to, containing today 182 burials; 38 lost their lives during the First World War and 154 are from the Second World War.
This visit is also a good chance for the traveller to enjoy the mystery shrouded in places like Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste, where King Charles I of Spain retired to spend the rest of his life in peace.
Carretera de Yuste, 10430 Cuacos de Yuste, Cáceres (Spain)
Visiting all these places is getting closer to the past and the days that determined what we are today. If you love History and travelling through time don’t hesitate to take a trip around these scenarios.
Marta is a lifestyle and travel writer based in London. She loves travelling and discovering new cultures. When Marta isn’t writing, she can be found exploring the most interesting London museums.@Martazepol