Walking route 1: Bergeijk – Waalre | Liberation Route Brabant

Walk in the liberators’ footsteps around Bergeijk and Waalre.

5 hour 45 minutes (26.0 km)

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This 26km section will take you along the first section of the route taken by the liberators on Dutch soil. The Liberation Route Brabant tells the story of the liberation, but also recounts what the Second World War meant to everyday Brabant folk. The total route is 125 kilometres long and is divided into five sections. The route passes along the Airborne Footpath which tells the story of Operation Market Garden. Roads and bridges had to be captured to circumvent the Siegfried Line via Arnhem to enable the Allied forces to advance on Berlin.

The route takes you past historic locations which are typified by courage, sorrow, fear and hope. Soldiers, local inhabitants, refugees and occupying forces saw their lives change here. You can only imagine what happened during the war in North Brabant and especially in these places.

About this route
This walking route has been created by VisitBrabant Routebureau in association with Brabant Remembers. The route …

This 26km section will take you along the first section of the route taken by the liberators on Dutch soil. The Liberation Route Brabant tells the story of the liberation, but also recounts what the Second World War meant to everyday Brabant folk. The total route is 125 kilometres long and is divided into five sections. The route passes along the Airborne Footpath which tells the story of Operation Market Garden. Roads and bridges had to be captured to circumvent the Siegfried Line via Arnhem to enable the Allied forces to advance on Berlin.

The route takes you past historic locations which are typified by courage, sorrow, fear and hope. Soldiers, local inhabitants, refugees and occupying forces saw their lives change here. You can only imagine what happened during the war in North Brabant and especially in these places.

About this route
This walking route has been created by VisitBrabant Routebureau in association with Brabant Remembers. The route is marked out using the Brabant numbered junction system. Simply walk from one numbered junction to the next. The route between the junctions is marked by arrows. If there is anything wrong with the signposting along this route, please report this on visitbrabant.com/meldpunt You can also call us on +31(0)800 4050050.

Route map
You can view this route page on your telephone or download the GPX file. If you prefer to go on the walk using a paper map, you can order one in our webshop.

Walking in the liberators’ tracks.
The Liberation Route Brabant tells the story of the liberation, but also recounts what the Second World War meant to everyday Brabant folk. View all the other Liberation cycle and walking routes here.

  • Liberation Route Brabant direction signs

    Follow the 'Liberation Route' signs. These are hanging under the regular junction signs.

    Follow the 'Liberation Route' signs. These are hanging under the regular junction signs.

Sights on this route

Starting point:

Barrier 15
5571 TV Bergeijk
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The Bergeijk Liberation Gate Monument is located at De Barrier border crossing where the first liberators passed through on 11 September 1944.

Poort der Bevrijding (Liberation Gate)
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"The Tommies have reached the Bergeijk Border!" The news spread quickly through the village. Jan said goodbye to his son who was ill in bed and whispered “I’ll be right back.” With that, he left…

You are free
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A Wellington HZ520 crashed on the Borkelsedijk in Bergeijk on 22 June 1943.

Air crash in Bergeijk
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On 11 September, British reconnaissance forces are already in the area.

A beer for the liberation
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The Valkenswaard War Cemetery contains about 220 graves of British soldiers who lost their lives.

British Military Cemetery
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Guests can enjoy various delicious pancakes at the Suykerbuyck pancake house.

“de familie Suykerbuyck” Pancake House
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It is already evening and the British decide to spend the night in Valkenswaard. In light of the further course of Operation Market Garden, this may prove to be a fatal delay.

A fatal delay
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