The area around the Airborne museum is unique because of its rich history, natural beauty and other landmarks. Several tips can be found down below.
a walk along the perimeter
Follow the trails of the allied forces. The walk along the perimeter mainly follows the front line of the allied bridgehead in September 1944.
This walk takes you along a couple of spots that serve as memorial places of this black period in our history. Our experienced guide provides background information on the events that took place in September 1944, while showing the traces of the Battle of Arnhem that are still visible after 73 years.
The Airborne Cemetery is a war cemetery where more than 1750 allied troops are buried. All of these troops died during or after the Battle of Arnhem.
It is possible to visit the cemetery with a guide. The cemetery is located in walking distance from the Airborne museum. The guide will tell personal and gripping stories of the mostly young soldiers that died during combat. Who were they? And what did they experience during the heavy battle? A visit to the Airborne Cemetery brings the Battle of Arnhem to life in an impressive manner.
Address: Van Limburg Stirumweg 28, 6861
Airborne at the bridge
Airborne at the bridge provides information about the heavy battles at the Arnhem Bridge in September 1944.
Accompanied with a phenomenal view of the world famous John Frost Bridge, Airborne at the Bridge tells the personal stories of the British lieutenant John Gayburn, the German Hauptsturmführer Viktor Eberhard Gräbner, and the Dutch commander Jacob Groenewoud, who fought and died during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. This gives you an opportunity to experience the battle from three perspectives. Airborne at the Bridge is an annex of Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Oosterbeek.
Open every day 10.00 – 17.00. Entry is free.
Address: Rijnkade 150, 6811 HD Arnhem
the old church
The Old Church in Oosterbeek was the centre of an eight-day heavy battle.
The church was one of the last footholds of the allied forces before they retreated over the Rhine in September 1944. The church was left totally destroyed. It was renovated and put into use again in 1949. British and Polish war veterans and their families have been regular visitors since then.
Address: Benedendorpsweg 134, 6862 WP Oosterbeek.
Sint Elisabeth’s Guesthouse
Sint Elisabeth’s Guesthouse is a former hospital in the Dutch city of Arnhem.
The hospital was located in the middle of the combat zone during the Battle of Arnhem. During that time it was in possession of the British forces, after which it was captured by the Germans on 19 September. A Red Cross flag was hanging at the entrance of the hospital. The hospital continued to perform surgeries on both British and German soldiers.
Address: Sint Elisabethshof 71, 6812 AV Arnhem
De lage oorsprong garden
Garden lovers admire the garden chambers, art lovers eat their hearts out at the variating exhibitions.
Young and old can pick berries and flowers in the garden, or find answers to urging questions in the labyrinth. Children are continually playing with wooden boats on the water or riding with tin cars through the garden. There is a watercourse with 9 waterfalls in the centre of the garden. It is quite a challenge to get your boat downstream safely.
Opened from mid-April until the end of September. During these months, everyone is welcome on Wednesday-, Saturday- and Sunday afternoon from 13.00 until 17.00.
Information Centre: The Poles of Driel
The Poles of Driel provide insights into the battle fought by the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade in the village of Driel during Operation Market Garden.
It also highlights the emergence of the Polish brigade, the dishonourable treatment of the Polish after the failed operation, and the friendly bond that has developed from the grateful relationship between the people of Driel and the Polish paratroopers.
The information centre is located in the back of the R.C. Church of Driel, which is open to visits every day from 9.00 until 17.00. Entry is free.
Address: Kerkstraat 27, 6665 CE Driel.
Hiking and cycling
The beautiful nature surrounding the museum provides the perfect location for a lovely hike or a bike tour.
The museum is located in Hartenstein park. This park contains a rich collection of indigenous and non-native trees, which have been planted there over the course of time. Adjacent to the park are the wonderful forests Pietersberg, Hemelse Berg and Laag Oorsprong. That is why a visit to the museum can be perfectly combined with a hike or a bike tour.
Liberation Route Europe is an international memorial route which is continually being extended, and which connects numerous milestones from modern European history.
This memorial route links the most important regions that were crossed during the march of the allied forces.
On the Liberation Route website, you can find an overview per country of the monuments, museums, cemeteries, and points of interest that are part of the Liberation Route. There is a great number of ‘’listening spots’’ where you can listen to very special and gripping stories using the Liberation Route app. You can also find a ‘’listening spot’’ at the Airborne museum, which is about the story of the friendship bracelet.