In December 1944 and January 1945, the Germans, under the command of Field Marshall von Rundstedt, attempted to mount a definitive counter-offensive against the Allies, with the aim of driving them out of the Ardennes. It became known as the ‘Battle of the Bulge’. The clashes took place in the Belgian province of Luxemburg, in surrounding areas of Luik and Namen, as well as in the Grand Duchy. This, the biggest operation on Belgian soil during World War II, is commemorated in a series of graveyards, monuments, sites and museums, such as Elsenborn Camp, La Gleize, Baugnez 44 and La Roche-en-Ardenne.
In the centre of the historic events is the city of Bastogne, which holds a ‘Nuts Weekend’ every year. It is named for American General McAuliffe’s infamous answer to the German request for surrender, after the city had been surrounded. The Bastogne War Museum occupies a central role in the event, and the Bastogne Barracks is also a popular attraction.
Liberation Column South
A unique evocation of the heavy battles of the Ardennes Offensive.
17 – 21/01/2020
Bastogne – Houffalize – La-Roche-en-Ardenne – Hotton – Manhay – Vielsalm – Stavelot – Spa – Malmedy – Elsenborn