Cleaning and safety practices
Explore the area of the Operation Market Garden
Learn about the Dutch liberation history
Be amazed by the Castle of Heeswijk
Visit museums and learn about the World War II
Informative, friendly and professional live guide
About this activity
What's included, what's not
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Transport by a minivan
Free WIFI aboard
Museum Overloon entrance tickets
Gratuities (these are optional)
The Wings of Liberation museum is optional!
Know Before You Book
Infants must sit on laps
Children 3 and younger are free
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
What you can expect
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas, Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands. During this full day excursion you will go through the area where the Operation Market Garden took place and you will cover a part up and down Hell’s Highway. We’ll drive the road where the 101st Airborne Division had vanquished strategic bridges; (bridges at Son, Best, Sint-Oedenrode and the “Bridge Too Far” in Arnhem). It was their objective to keep the roads between the bridges open. In september 1944 American, English and Polish Airborne solders were dropped in this area to Liberate Europe.
Once you are picked up at your local meeting point, it’s a 85 minute drive from Amsterdam to your first destination. Which will be: the Castle of Heeswijk. Brabant’s most beautiful castle is almost a thousand years old. The rich history of this powerful monument can be experienced in and around the castle. Heeswijk Castle occupies a prominent position in the Aa valley near Den Bosch, at the stunning heart of the Heeswijk Estate.
On September 17th, 1944, Lt. Col. Francis Sampson (chaplain of the 101st US Airborne Division) landed (together with his soldiers) in the vicinity of Castle Heeswijk because of a miss-drop. The miss-drop was probably the result of a assigned pathfinder plane being shot down half an hour earlier. A memorial has been placed in memory of this event. The area was only finally liberated in late October 1944.
After your visit at the Castle of Heeswijk, you will go through the area where the Operation Market Garden took place and you will cover a part up and down Hell’s Highway. We’ll drive the road where the 101st Airborne Division had vanquished strategic bridges; (bridges at Son, Best, Sint-Oedenrode, Eindhoven, Eerde and Veghel). It was their objective to keep the roads between the bridges open. In this area, you will also pass by the windmill of Eerde. Did you know that this mill stood in a heavy fighting raged area. The windmill and village changed hands for at least 6 times and eventually got knocked out by artillery fire. It was destroyed on the 24th of September in 1944 during: ‘the battle of the sand dunes’).
The next stop will be restaurant the Boshuys where you will have a lunch. You can decide whether or not you will like to visit the Wings of Liberation museum.
Keep in mind this museum is notincl
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Masks required
- Masks provided
- Hand sanitizer provided
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