The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. Unlike other failed campaigns such as Market Garden or Kasserine Pass, the Battle of Hürtgenwald was a devastating meat grinder. The Kall Valley formed the initial assault vector for the allied attack. The steep hills and inclement weather created immense difficulties for Allied Forces. This hike combines the beautiful natural landscape of the Eifel with the traces of this devastating conflict.
Hike: Battle of Hürtgenwald – Valley of Death
The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. The critical losses suffered in this campaign were enabled by the German fortification of rugged and inaccessible terrain. This same terrain has also largely preserved the Battlefield today, with traces of the conflict evident throughout the forest.
Hike: Fragments of the Westwall
The Westwall or the Siegfried Line was Nazi Germany's last ditched effort to defend its core territory. For political reasons, the defensive works were dismantled after the war, and only a few sections are preserved today. This hike takes you through the best-preserved section of the Westwall.
Schaales (German Potato Casserole)
Schaales is a traditional baked potato dish from the rural regions of West Germany. This variant is baked in the oven like a traditional casserole.
Dibbelabbes (German Hash Browns)
Dibbelabbes is a traditional fried potato dish from the rural regions of West Germany. This variant is fried on the stove like a traditional British or American potato hash.