Freedom Trail Arnhem

Hiking in Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Hiking route 421392

Provided by: VVV Arnhem-Nijmegen

5099 197
8.6 km
02:09 h
489 kcal
29 m
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The Battle of Arnhem was part of Operation Market Garden. With this the Allies wanted to conquer the bridges over a number of Dutch waterways.
This enabled them to break through from the Belgian border to the north and then east into Germany. In this way they wanted to try to end the Second World War before the end of the year.
In September 1944, almost twelve thousand British and Polish airborne troops landed at Renkum, Wolfheze, Driel and Ede. They then fought there and in Arnhem, Oosterbeek and the surrounding area against units deployed by the Germans. The 1st British Airborne Division (1st British Airborne Division) had the task of capturing the Rhine Bridge at Arnhem. No more than 750 of them managed to reach the bridge on Sunday 17 September.
The main task of the main force was to hold this bridge for two days, until the intended reinforcement of the ground army from the south reached them. But the German resistance was much stronger than expected and the ground army stranded earlier. Heavy fighting on the advance route from Oosterbeek, towards the bridge in Arnhem, ensued.
On Thursday morning, September 21, 1944, the lightly armed troops at the road bridge (commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Frost, commander of the 2nd Parachute Battalion) had to stop fighting the increasing German superior numbers. During these heavy fighting, the area in the immediate vicinity of the road bridge was almost completely destroyed.
The Allied soldiers who fought in Arnhem wore an emblem with a winged horse with rider on their upper arms. That mythological figure, the Pegasus, was the symbol of the 1st British Airborne Division. This symbol has been applied to the special Freedom Trail Arnhem tiles, which have been placed at 35 locations. These are connected by a ribbon of regular tiles. The route has a total length of approximately 8 km.

Reading tip! Gelderland's war history
The Arnhem Nijmegen region played a decisive role in the liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. Read more about the liberation campaign in Gelderland and the traces from the past that can still be found in this region in the article \\\'Stories from wartime in Gelderland\\\'

Looking for fascinating stories, beautiful routes or nice places for a break in Gelderland? Read more here.
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VVV Arnhem-Nijmegen

The Arnhem Nijmegen region is characterized by special areas such as the Land van Maas and Waal between the two rivers and the Betuwe. Cycle or walk through beautiful nature reserves, vibrant city centers and along the rivers.

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# Description Distance
Bergstraat, 6811LC, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands 0.00 km
L26: Urquhart dood gewaand (Zwarteweg, 6812BM, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 1.19 km
M7: Sabelspoort (Sabelspoort, B-6811, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 4.55 km
L22: Een brug te ver (6811 HD, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 4.96 km
M4: Duivelshuis (Duivelshuis, 6811CD, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 6.05 km
M3: Presickhaeffs Huys (6811ED, Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 6.40 km

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