|Fog-enshrouded ravine bisecting the city|
|Building in the cliffside|
|Centuries-old fortifications overlook the river and church|
Luxembourg City is laid out on both sides of (and within) a deep ravine, in which flow two small rivers, the Pétrusse and Alzette. I walked along the ravine and enjoyed picturesque views of the rivers and parkland below me.
|Tunnels in the fortress|
Today, you can pay 4 Euros to walk through the tunnels that still exist and get a feel for what it must have been like back in the day.
|Americans are heroes in Luxembourg. More on that later...|
|Place des Armes|
Diekirch and the Military Museum
Then, today, I caught the milk train up to Diekirch (population ~6500), a small, but historically-significant hamlet in northeastern Luxembourg.
|M4A1E Sherman tank outside the museum|
|War detritus recovered from the surrounding countryside|
|Diorama depicting a German crew manning an 82mm mortar|
After initial successes, the German attack stalled in the face of fierce resistance by American troops. Lack of fuel for German tanks and complete Allied air superiority further doomed the offensive and by spring, the Germans were back on their heels, where they remained until Germany's unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945.
|Diorama depicting American troops dragging a plywood boat to the river|
|Diorama of American crew manning a 60mm mortar|
- It was not at all crowded. There were only a handful of visitors while I was there.
- The audio guide provided by the museum was extremely well-done. It explained each diorama, related interesting anecdotes, and was paced perfectly.
- The dioramas themselves (created from photographs) were dynamic and dramatic.
- The collection of military equipment was extensive.
|German Hertzer tank destroyer|
Until next time, then! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it.