Excursion

Airborn Museum - WWII Experience

Step back in time to one of the most famous military operations of World War II -- Operation Market Garden, where the Battle of Arnhem was initiated. Let the Airborne Museum's extensive collection of artifacts, photographs, documents and films both move and enlighten you.

Complimentary
  • Code
    ARN-02
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Cultural
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    3.75 Hours

Depart from your river ship for a short transfer by motor coach to the Airborne Museum, located in Villa Hartenstein. Originally an 18th-century inn, during the Battle of Arnhem, Villa Hartenstein was the headquarters of British airborne troops.

As you journey to the museum, admire the beautiful landscape near the city of Arnhem. In this once strategically important area, 35,000 British and American paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines in Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne and glider mission in history. In September 1944, they were tasked to occupy the bridges from the Belgian border all the way to Arnhem.

On your guided visit to the Airborne Museum you will hear, read and experience the full story of this ill-fated mission. The immersive experience will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the parachutists as they made their way to Arnhem. Conclude your visit to this memorial center by following your guide to the Airborne Cemetery to pay respect to the fallen soldiers.

At the end of this poignant experience, board your motor coach for a short drive back to the ship.

Important Notes:
Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable footwear for this excursion. This tour is accessible for guests with wheelchairs and physical limitations. Elevators are available at the museum.