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Places of remembrance

Windows into the past

Places of remembrance show a culture of remembrance that is very much alive. You can visit many such places in Luxembourg, markers of significant moments, people and events gone by.

There are the sites that recall the two world wars. Memorials, border fortifications, memorial paths, and, of course, museums. The extensive heritage and vestiges of this presence will be visible in the towns and landscapes of the Grand Duchy for a long time to come. The Liberation Route Europe (LRE) Hiking Trail Luxembourg project also commemorates the liberation of Europe at the end of the Second World War. Following in the footsteps of the Allied troops of that time, it links up the places of remembrance in Luxembourg and beyond its borders.

After the turbulent times of war, the foundations for the modern Europe of today were laid in Luxembourg: a clear commitment to European values and open borders. The corresponding agreement was signed in 1985 in the small winegrowing village of Schengen. More precisely, on the Moselle in the border triangle of Luxembourg, Germany and France on the ship called the Princesse Marie-Astrid. To this day, the Schengen Agreement guarantees freedom of movement across borders within Europe. The European Museum in Schengen tells its story. The original historic ship is currently being converted into an exhibition space on the theme of Europe.

There is also a culture of remembrance outside of politics. The Industrial Revolution also left visible traces in Luxembourg - especially in the southern mining region, the cradle of Luxembourg’s steel industry and the source of its prosperity. The name "Minett" recalls the iron ore in the ground and the mines dug into the land. The pits, blast furnaces and abandoned factories, which can be experienced on the Minett Trail, tell the story of a dynamic past. In the north of the country, you can visit the slate museum and cloth factory, among other things. Here, too, the industrial past remains alive.

Remember, understand, hope

Transforming Experiences: Remembrance and Travel

Travelling to commemorate can be an intense experience, especially for a German who decides to visit several World War II memorials in one day. Facing what these moments elicit and experiencing these settings for oneself is a worthwhile endeavour. A personal take on the war.

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  • © Visit Éislek
    Patton Monument Ettelbruck
    Discover the Patton Memorial in Ettelbruck, an important place of remembrance. This monument honours General George Patton Jr, whose 3rd US Army liberated Ettelbruck in December 1944, stopping the invasion of the Wehrmacht during the Battle of the Bulge.
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    Airmen's monument
    Take a journey into the past to the airmen's memorial in Maulusmühle. The wreckage of the aircraft on the ground tells the tragic story of six American airmen who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge.
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    Mine train Minièresbunn
    A little time travel journey through the galleries of the Fond-de-Gras
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    National Mining Museum
    Underground at the National Mining Museum
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    Thematic paths
    National hiking trail "Path of the Minerworkers"
    Distance: 29,16 km
    Duration: 8:10 h
    Difficulty: medium
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    Circular routes
    Hiking trail Schumannseck - Site Memorial 1944-1945
    Distance: 3,12 km
    Duration: 0:50 h
    Difficulty: easy
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  • © Visit Luxembourg
    Thematic paths
    Bunker Circular Walk
    Distance: 13,84 km
    Duration: 4:30 h
    Difficulty: difficult
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  • © Administration des Eaux et Forêts / LFT
    Museum of the Cockerill Mine at Ellergronn
    Exceptional legacy from the mining era
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    Monument by US-veterans
    This monument commemorates the crossing of the river Sûre by the 5th U.S. Infantry Division during World War II.
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    National Museum of Resistance and Human Rights
    The National Museum of Resistance and Human Rights, located on the Place de la Résistance in Esch-sur-Alzette, focuses on the history of the Second World War in Luxembourg.Attention: Temporarily closed. Reopening on 1 March 2024.
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