liberation route europe

Liberation Route

Each year on the 5th of May the Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day (bevrijdingsdag).  The 5th of May marks the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during the second world war.

The nation was liberated largely by the First Canadian Army together with several British infantry divisions, the British I Corps and the 1st Polish Armoured Division. Also American, Belgian, Dutch and Czechoslovak troops worked together to liberate the Netherlands.

The south-east part of the Netherlands were liberated by the British Second Army which included American and Polish airborne forces (Operation Market Garden) and French airborne forces (Operation Amherst).

On 5 May 1945 the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. One day later the capitulation document was signed.

On May 4th the Dutch hold Remembrance of the Dead (Dodenherdenking in Dutch) for the people who fought and died during World War II and in wars in general. There are remembrance gatherings all over cities and in the country, the better-known at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam and at the Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes near The Hague, one of the infamous Nazi execution places. Throughout the country two minutes of silence is observed at 8pm.

On May 5 the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held at most places in the Netherlands with parades of veterans and 14 musical festivals through the whole country.

Interesting places

  • Anne Frank huis in Amsterdam
  • Resistance museum (verzetsmuseum) in Amsterdam
  • Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam
  • Museum of war (Oorlogsmuseum) in Overloon
  • Atlantikwall-Museum in Hoek van Holland
  • Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek
  • Rememberance center Kamp Westerbork
  • Museum Engelandvaarders in Noordwijk
  • National liberation museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek

Various Cemetery and Memorial

American

  • Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten

Canadian

  • Canadian War Cemetery in Holten
  • Canadian War Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom
  • Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek

British

  • Overloon War Cemetery in Overloon
  • Airborne War Cemetery in Osterbeek

Frence

  • Frence Cemetery in Kapelle

Polish

  • Military field of Honor ereveld Breda

Dutch

  • Nationaal Ereveld in Loenen
  • Militair ereveld in Grebbeberg

German

  • German Military Cemetery in Ysselsteyn

Photo credits: NBTC Holland Marketing

Weekly flower update
Do you want to receive the weekly flower update? Sign up here.
Hotels by Booking.com
Booking.com

Sign up for our Tulips in Holland newsletter!

LogoIf you enjoyed this article, please join Tulips in Holland on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Never miss a flower update by signing up for our free newsletter.

And we would really love it if you can share this article by using the social media buttons below. Thank you for your support!

Quick links: TicketsHotelsFlights – F.A.Q.

Tulip fields helicopter flight
Tulips from the air
The wonderful world of Tulips from the air I know many of you have a…
1 weekly flower update
Weekly Flower update 2018 – week 16
Weekly Flower update 2018 - week 16 Good morning, we had a very late spring time…
weekly flower update week 15
Weekly Flower update 2018 – week 15
Weekly Flower update 2018 - week 15 Good morning, welcome to our weekly flower update. We…
events 9 april 2018
Interesting Events – 9 april 2018
Interesting Events - 9 april 2018 Are you visiting upcoming week and are you looking…
weekly flower update week 14
Weekly Flower update 2018 – week 14
Weekly Flower update 2018 - week 14 Good morning, another weekly flower update for you.…
Winners flowerparade bloemencorso 2017
Interesting Events – 2 april 2018
Interesting Events - 2 april 2018 Are you visiting upcoming week and are you looking…
Weekly Flower update 2018 week 13
Weekly Flower update 2018 - week 13 Good morning, how are you all doing this…
0 tips for visiting Keukenhof at Easter 2018 Easter weekend is one of the most busiest days of the Keukenhof season. Lots of tourist are visiting the Keukenhof and lot of Dutch people visit too! For all people who are visiting Keukenhof on Easter 2018 we have created 10 tips for visiting the Keukenhof at Easter
Keukenhof at Easter 2018
10 tips for visiting Keukenhof at Easter 2018 Easter weekend is one of the most…
Interesting Events - 25 march 2018
Interesting Events – 25 march 2018
Interesting Events - 25 march 2018 Are you visiting upcoming week and are you looking…
Weekly Flower update 2018 week 12
Weekly Flower update 2018 week 12
Weekly Flower update 2018 - week 12 Good morning, Just a couple of days until spring…