WWII ALSACE MEMORIAL DAY TRIP FROM COLMAR

Understand the Troubled History of the Region

See the new Alsace-Moselle WWII Memorial Museum

Visit Natzwiller-Struthof concentration camp

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details

Prices:

€590 per group


When:

9:00am every day (upon request)

April 1 to October 31 2020


Duration:

8 hours


Trip style:

Private day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
If your group is larger than 8, please get in touch with us.


Meeting point:

Centrally located pick up in Colmar


Inclusions:
  • English-speaking driver & guide
  • Transportation in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Small groups of 8 persons maximum
  • All visits as mentioned in the program
  • Bottled water
  • Free WiFi on board the vehicles

Exclusions:
  • Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Eventual gratuities for the driver/guide

Begin with the Visit the Brand New Alsace-Moselle WWII Memorial Museum

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your centrally located accommodation in Colmar. First, meet your English speaking driver/guide that will be with you through the day. You will go over the itinerary and program but please note as this is a private full day tour, we can be flexible and adapt the tour to your wishes. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin your private tour.

The Alsace-Moselle Memorial is the result of regional desire and effort. It attempts to explain the complicated history of Alsace and Moselle, particularly during the time of the Second World War. From 1940 to 1945, Alsace and Moselle were the only areas of the French territory to be annexed by the Third Reich and to experience the extreme violence of a totalitarian regime. The agony cannot be understood without retracing the historical steps of a region long disputed by France and Germany, whose culture is richer today because of this long struggle. This place offers a history lesson available to all, and teaches the necessity to unite Europeans in their diversity and in the respect and dignity of every person in order to offer them peace and freedom. Here you will enjoy a visit and then some free time for personal discovery.

After the visit of the Memorial, your tour guide will certainly have you follow the Alsace wine route that is lined with medieval castles, small towns and breathtaking views of the valley and the Vosges Mountains. To make your private tour a great experience, your driver/guide will certainly indicate a highly recommended local restaurant of the region for lunch. It is also possible to stop at one of the many vineyards to visit wineries or participate in a wine tasting session.

Then Reach the Natzwiller-Struthof Concentration Camp

After lunch, we will take you to the Struthof Camp where you will be able to follow a walking tour with an excellent guide. On 21 April 1941, near the village of Struthof, the Nazis opened a concentration camp, KL-Natzweiler. The central camp, the only concentration camp in France, was located in the then annexed Alsace region. Its annexes, scattered over the 2 sides of the Rhine, made up a network of nearly 70 camps, more or less large. Of the nearly 52,000 detainees of KL-Natzeiler, about 35,000 did not go through the central camp. A labor camp supporting the Nazi war industry, it was also used for medical experiments by Nazi professors from the Reich University of Strasbourg. On 23 November 1944, the Allies discovered the site evacuated by the Nazis since September. Some deportees from the camp annexes had their sufferings prolonged in the spring of 1945 on the “Death Marches”. From 1941 to 1945, the KL-Natzweiler was one of the most murderous camps of the Nazi system. Nearly 22,000 deportees died there.

After the tour, return to Colmar and end of our services.

Good to Know

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • English-speaking tour, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per minivan (not per person)
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – you can read about it here

 

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