“Your veteran “relative always told you about those formidable and impressive German defense obstacles and installations on Germany’s the borders in the west. You may be aware that the breeching of the “Westwall” towards the end of 1944 and early spring 1945 to invade mainland Nazi-Germany, were more costly than the entire Normandy campaign. You have seen countless pictures, features, documentaries and read about those formidable defenses. This program is meant to bring you to areas along the Belgian-German and Luxembourg-German border, hard-to-find-, to see and explore hidden bunkers, pillboxes and rows of tank obstacles known as dragon’s teeth, meanwhile all claimed back by nature and partially overgrown.
Our day tour “Discover the Westwall” takes place preferably on Sundays and will bring you to various key locations to view a variety of former German defense installations. Tour depends on weather conditions and daylight (in winter).
Großkampenberg: line of concrete “dragon’s teeth” in the open. (daylight!).
Hollerath (in summer): dragons teeth in the woods, partially reclaimed by nature! Very spectacular!
Dasburg: bunker ruin at the entrance of bridge
Eschfeld & Lützkampen area, remains of Pillboxes
German military cemeteries of Daleiden and Wallendorf (see below) – the final resting place of German soldiers killed in action during the “borderlands campaigns”.
Stolzembourg (Luxbg): first US patrol crossing the Our river and penetrating into the Westwall (Keppeshausen) – Sept. 11, 1944.
Roth a.d. Our: hidden and overgrown bunkers and pillboxes
Gentingen: large bunker – anti-tank gun emplacement
Ammeldingen: defensive trenches in the woods to protect the approach to bunkers and pillboxes.
Wallendorf: Hidden command bunker, well-camouflaged machine gun pillbox and ammunition storage tunnel, bunker overlooking the confluence of “Our” and “Sauer” river with a unique story!!. Also German military cemetery (see above) and (optional) cross station and chapel.
Weilerbach: one of the Sauer river crossing points during the Rhineland campaign in February 1945 – pillbox
Irrel: “Panzerwerk Katzenkopf” (also museum): Visits are only possible on Sunday afternoons.
Good walking boots and adequate terrain clothing are highly recommended!
Don’t forget your camera!