"Liberation Day and history" Wageningen Things to Do Tip by PeteNL
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Wageningen and the surrounding region played a fairly important role in World War 2. A battlefield at nearby Grebbeberg in the early days of the war (May 1940), though only slowing down the German advance on the Netherlands briefly, its role beome more important towards the final days.
Nearby Arnhem and the villages in between played an important role at the Arnhem (bridge) battle in September 1944, but most of all - the German capitulation, ending almost all fighting on Dutch soil, was signed in this Wageningen hotel, "de Wereld", on 5 May 1945.
Having been used by Wageningen university for more than 5 decades, it has been turned into a (small) hotel with restaurant once more, some years ago.
The annual veteran parade has been staged here until 2005 on the 5th of May, and until 2004 under "supervision" of the late Prince Bernhard, a war veteran himself and father of our Queen Beatrix.
On Liberation Day, Wageningen also features among other Dutch cities hosting a "music for peace and freedom" event.
Address: town centre
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