The history of Luxembourg was marked by major world events, including the Second World War. Visitors can follow the phases of the Battle of the Ardennes at the National Military History Museum at Diekirch and explore the lives of hidden civilians and resistance fighters at the National Resistance Museum at Esch-sur-Alzette. The Luxembourg-Hamm and Sandweiler military cemeteries , as well as many war memorials, bear witness to the presence of foreign troops on Luxembourg’s territory.
The North of Luxembourg was also a sad theatre of wars and battles, of which the best-known is probably the Battle of the Ardennes, during the winter of 1944-1945. During these dark days of history, the inhabitants of the Ardennes suffered under occupation.
Throughout the region, you can visit many war memorials, monuments and museums, including the Battle of the Ardennes museums at Clervaux and Wiltz and the General Patton Memorial Museum at Ettelbruck, that pay homage to those who fought for peace and freedom. Themed trails allow you to walk around historic places, such as the battlefield at Schumannseck and the smugglers’ path at Troisvierges.