Spangdahlem, Bitburg and Luxembourg

Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide

Getting there: N281 toward Aachen, A44 towards Liege (but not all the way), E42 to south Verviers to Malmedy, E42 to St. Vith, E42/A60 to Prum exit Bitburg. Waldhaus Eifel Park is off the B50 between Bitburg and Spangdahlem.

You can shop at the Spangdahlem and Bitburg Annex.

The Waldhaus Eifel Park has an excellent restaurant and an indoor pool. www.waldhaus-eifel.de, phone 0049 (0) 6565-9240. We stayed in a room with a king size bed, pull out couch (double) and another room (all in our room) with bunk beds, for €100-120 per night to include breakfast.

From there we took the B50 from Bitburg to Vianden. We walked around the town and visited the castle. Open Apr-Sep 1000-1800, 4.50 adult 1.50 children.

Next we headed to Diekirch on the N7 to visit the National Military History Museum. Open Apr-Oct 1000-1800 6.00 adults and 3.00 child 10-18 yrs, under 10 free. Next we headed towards Ettelbruck N15/N7 to the General George Patton Memorial Museum. Cost 2.50 adult and 1.20 children open Jul-mid Sep 1000-1200, 1300-1700.

While at the Military History Museum we learned about the Luxembourg pass. We paid €18 for a family of 5 for one day to visit all the places we went to. There is a booklet that lists all the places this pass is accepted. This pass gives you free entrance into most of the places listed in the booklet. A few may charge an additional fee, but we felt the pass was useful.

Additional suggestions for Luxembourg:

A good day trip: Drive through the Ardennes to Diekirch, Luxemburg to visit the amazing Musee National d’Histoire Militaire. If you don’t know what to do with a day, this can be a relatively fast trip as the town is only about two hours away. The drive through Luxemburg is breathtaking, with its deep valleys, endless forests, and charming house and shop facades. The museum, which chronicles primarily the Battle of the Bulge, is highly educational and incredibly moving even for those who know little about the battle. Its dioramas are jam-packed with equipment, documents, artifacts dug up from the Ardennes, etc. Plan on spending at least two hours there. The neighboring town of Ettelbruck is home to the General George Patton Memorial Museum (though you might want to make this a two-day trip to avoid military museum overload).

A good resource for Luxembourg is Frommer’s Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg (www.Frommers.com)

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