On this Black Forest Day Trip, we pay our respects to the Fallen of WWII who bravely liberated the Alsace. We will visit all the significant places of the so-called Colmar Pocket where the troops of the United States and France joined forces to push back Nazi troops during the atrociously cold winter months of 1944-1945. We owe it to them and their sacrifices that the spring sun shone on a liberated Alsace and the end of its German occupation after more than three months of fierce fighting.
This Black Forest Day Trip first takes you to the concentration camp Natzweiler-Struthof where about 52,000 prisoners were incarcerated from 1941 until it was liberated by Allied soldiers in November 1944. Afterwards, your guide will take you on a guided walk through the quaint town of Colmar, focusing on the destruction during the winter months 1944/45 and the remarkable reconstruction of the post-war decades which restored Colmar to the beauty it had always been known for.
Colmar Pocket Memorial in Turckheim
After a traditional Alsatian lunch, you will visit the Colmar Pocket Memorial Museum which houses a magnificent collection of objects, bringing to life the hardships of both the soldiers and the civilian population during these difficult months. Of course, your Black Forest day trip also includes a stop at the US War Memorial and French National War Cemetery on Mount Sigolsheim to pay our respects to those brave men who laid down their lives for the liberation of France. We then carry on to Ostheim. The village marked a milestone of the campaign, being the first village liberated by the Allied troops before crossing the Maison Rouge Bridge following in the footsteps of American forces who freed the French village of Holtzwihr.
Last, but not least, your guide will show you the Audie Murphy Memorial commemorating the most well-known U.S. soldier of the Colmar Pocket battles.
This Black Forest Day Trip is available all year round.