German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn

German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn

German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn

German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn
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Big Poppa Pauley
Melbourne, Australia2,233 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
You don’t realise the enormity of this until you step out of the car. Graves as far as the eye can see, 31,585 to be exact, all repatriated here from all over Holland. Such a waste, some as young as 18, although probably younger in reality. A sobering but worthwhile destination.
Written 25 September 2019
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Mischa.
Lisse, The Netherlands108 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
After visiting the must-see Margraten Military Cemetary, we decided to take a little detour back north to visit Ysselsteyn with it's 30k+ German war graves. Not as "glamourous" as Margraten, but the sheer number of graves makes it very educational and impressive, and tells us about the follies of war. Interesting, albeit it slightly depressive site to teach adolescents about "the other side"...
Written 4 March 2019
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Ultimate Family Travels
Deurne, The Netherlands256 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
after so many year can still impress you, so many young life losts, it makes you realize that it doesn't matter anymore the side they were, when you see a 17 years old kid death for a was is just said.
it makes a pretty good history lesson if you bring your kids.
Written 26 February 2019
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RJN612
Pottsville, PA420 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
My Dutch friend and I visited here one afternoon while I was staying with them. We were the only ones there and it was totally quiet. The enormity of the cemetery is jaw dropping with nearly 32,000 German graves. You can debate their participation in a war of aggression but in the end I believe most were doing what many men would do when their country called them to arms. It is sad in many respects and only a few of the graves had flowers, most relatives surely gone or too far away.
Written 31 July 2018
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JonzNorth
Sweden6 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
One of the mightiest places I’ve ever seen. Was completly alone at this overwhelming, calm place. It’s a must see if you are close by.
Written 29 June 2018
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bn3163
Greater London, UK192 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This German war cemetery is simply enormous. Acres upon acres of neatly kept graves disappearing off into the distance. Beautifully kept by the German war graves commission and tremendously moving. That many of the graves commemorate soldiers in their early teens makes it even more sad. Also has graves of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge and even WW1. Really worth a visit.
Written 5 June 2018
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Jebir
Esbjerg41 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The route from the carpark to the Cemetery is very anonymous - not much going on, and no sign of what awaits. But when you reach the edge of the Cemetery it strikes you. The 31585 crosses lined up in the large field had quite an impact... A very serene place with plenty of room for thinking, while wandering around.
Should be on every list of things to do in the area - to remind everyone of the shared history of Europe...
Written 10 August 2017
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Vissing
Stenloese, Denmark835 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
There are no big signs showing that you have just arrived at the most sad place in all of Holland. When you park outside, you cannot see the cemetery. You then walk a small path, surrounded by trees, and then all of a sudden, you see more than 30.000 crosses. You have to come here.
Written 3 July 2017
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midlifemike01
Chichester, UK102 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Just walk in an be in awe of this quiet and somber place. Almost 32,000 German soldiers are buried here. Stunningly quiet and very well kept.
Written 18 June 2017
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Henry W
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands212 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
I visited many (famous) Allied and German war cemeteries. Remarkably, although the only German cemetery in the Netherlands and the biggest one in the world, Ysselsteyn is hardly known (certainly not by the Dutch). That isn't justified. Everyone should visit it for many reasons.

The site is in fact a summary of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Among the more than 31,000 burials are German soldiers who died at Arnhem (1700 men), Texel (475) and Overloon; there are Dutch and German civilians who died at Kamp Vught (prison camp near Den Bosch); and some German soldiers who died in WWI on Dutch soil. There are even Dutch soldiers buried who fought on the German side.
To complete it there more than 3,000 war dead from the battle of the Bulge and Hürtgenwald and more than 6,000 unknown soldiers are buried here.
So check the grey concrete crosses to find a special story. To find more background visit the information centre at the entrance.

The historic background is noteworthy but most impressive is the view on so many crosses (nearly every burial has his own cross which isn't usual for a German cemetery). Once you come out of the wood you see something memorable and even breathtaking: more than 25 football fields full of crosses!
More than any war cemetery it confronts you with the waste of so many people and that war should be banned forever.

Tip one: use your GPS to find the cemetery. It is hard to find due to the scarce white direction signs (only in German and Dutch). And tick the name correctly. Otherwise you could end up in IJsselstein near Utrecht. The cemetery is hidden in the wood so not to be seen from the road.
Tip two: visit also the Museum of Overloon or the Museum Bevrijdende Vleugels (Wings of Liberation) which are nearby.
Tip three: try to visit the cemetery during Memorial Day ('Volkstrauertag') which is held every year on a sunday in mid november.
Written 10 August 2016
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