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Arnhem – A Bridge Too Far – Battlefield Tour

Arnhem – A Bridge Too Far – Battlefield Tour
In this tour, we will follow the footsteps of the 1st Airborne Division & 1st Polish Para Brigade in their struggle to take the bridges across the Rhine at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. This tour will start at the landing zones and will first follow the men of the Recce Squadron and their ill-fated mission to capture the bridge with their Jeeps, this includes a stop at the tunnel under the railway near Wolfheze. Our next stop is the Ginkel Heath where the 4th Brigade landed after which we will follow their route of march for a while. We will then take the direct route to the John Frost bridge where we will discuss their heroic defense and famous last stand. We will then look at the area where the rest of the 1st Airborne division tried to break through to the bridge but were stopped by a German blocking line. We will follow the Airborne’s on their retreat back towards Oosterbeek along the lower Rhine road. Our next stop will be the Westerbouwing heights, a hill overlooking and dominating the Rhine River. The loss of this hill and nearby ferry site made reinforcing the perimeter almost impossible which lead to the eventual evacuation and the end of Operation Market Garden. That will be discussed at the Church near the Rhine, which was also repeatedly attacked during the siege. Our final stop will be to pay our respects at the War Cemetery where we will walk among the graves and remember their sacrifice.

Arnhem tour itinerary

  • Drop and landing zones near Renkum
  • Ambush site of the Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Ginkel Heath where the 4th Parachute Brigade landed
  • The battle for the road bridge in Arnhem
  • Battles of the division to get to the bridge
  • Oosterbeek perimeter near Hartenstein HQ
  • Westerbouwing heights
  • Oosterbeek Church
  • Oosterbeek war cemetery
This tour takes around 8 hours. Please note that a visit to the museum is not part of the tour. Please let me know if you want to visit the museum so we can arrange this as part of the tour.

Languages

This tour is available in English and in Dutch.

Pricing

We have a flat fee price for our tours:
  • Price for a full day private tour for 1 to 4 persons including transportation is €450.
  • For 5-8 persons I have to charge €620 to cover the rent of a large minivan.
  • Lunch and museum entrance is not included in the price.
  • For a group of more than 8 persons please visit my Groups page

Bookings for 2025

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By Joris

My name is Joris Nieuwint and I will be your tour guide! Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I've been doing over the past years. For the past 10 years I've been living in Veghel, and before that, I've lived in Arnhem for almost two decades. Living so close to the battlefields meant that Operation Market Garden always had my interest and I've been studying the battles for all those years. Sharing what I've learned over the years has been my passion and becoming a tour guide was one of my dreams. Keeping the sacrifices of these men alive by telling their stories and showing the locations where it happened is my greatest passion.

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