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“Sad, sad place”

German War Cemetery Ysselsteyn
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

There are no big signs showing that you have just arrived at the most sad place in all of Holland. When you park outside, you cannot see the cemetery. You then walk a small path, surrounded by trees, and then all of a sudden, you see more than 30.000 crosses. You have to come here.

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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Just walk in an be in awe of this quiet and somber place. Almost 32,000 German soldiers are buried here. Stunningly quiet and very well kept.

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Reviewed 11 August 2016

I visited many (famous) Allied and German war cemeteries. Remarkably, although the only German cemetery in the Netherlands and the biggest one in the world, Ysselsteyn is hardly known (certainly not by the Dutch). That isn't justified. Everyone should visit it for many reasons.

The site is in fact a summary of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Among the more than 31,000 burials are German soldiers who died at Arnhem (1700 men), Texel (475) and Overloon; there are Dutch and German civilians who died at Kamp Vught (prison camp near Den Bosch); and some German soldiers who died in WWI on Dutch soil. There are even Dutch soldiers buried who fought on the German side.
To complete it there more than 3,000 war dead from the battle of the Bulge and Hürtgenwald and more than 6,000 unknown soldiers are buried here.
So check the grey concrete crosses to find a special story. To find more background visit the information centre at the entrance.

The historic background is noteworthy but most impressive is the view on so many crosses (nearly every burial has his own cross which isn't usual for a German cemetery). Once you come out of the wood you see something memorable and even breathtaking: more than 25 football fields full of crosses!
More than any war cemetery it confronts you with the waste of so many people and that war should be banned forever.

Tip one: use your GPS to find the cemetery. It is hard to find due to the scarce white direction signs (only in German and Dutch). And tick the name correctly. Otherwise you could end up in IJsselstein near Utrecht. The cemetery is hidden in the wood so not to be seen from the road.
Tip two: visit also the Museum of Overloon or the Museum Bevrijdende Vleugels (Wings of Liberation) which are nearby.
Tip three: try to visit the cemetery during Memorial Day ('Volkstrauertag') which is held every year on a sunday in mid november.

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Reviewed 2 June 2016

I've seen some small German war cemetaries around Kleve, and the WWI cemetary at Langemark. In contrast to those, this cemetary has crosses, which look better than the simple plates in the ground. There are just under 32.000 graves, mostly from 1944-1945, but I also found a few from 1940, and there's even a circle of graves from WWI. The gently rolling hills filled with crosses yield some very beautiful scenery. I noticed several 17-year olds and one soldier who died on his birthday. I couldn't find any women's names. There were a few typical Dutch names (Groenebroek, De Vries). The bells ringing every 30 minutes are quite nice.

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Reviewed 9 February 2016

This was my first visit to Ysselsteyn seeing my grandfather's grave for the first time. The sight of the more than 31 thousand crosses are a great reminder of the horrors that occurred more than 70 years ago. History might be better understood by the youth today when seeing places like Ysselsteyn. Very peaceful!
The cemetery is well maintained. Near the entry, there is a small house with information about the cemetery and 4 large books with the names of the soldiers buried here so one can easily find a specific grave. .

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