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The Ultimate World War II ​Travel Experience

The must see World War II sites for those who love history.

Over 80 years after World War II began, it continues to fascinate people of all ages. The consequences of World War I and the rise of nationalist leaders in Germany and Japan who were determined to expand their nations powers led to a war that engulfed the world. Hitler's push into Western Europe, Russia and Africa and Hirohito's push into China and the Pacific Islands brought the Allied nations of Britain, the Soviet Union, the United States and others together to stop their drive for global domination.

​Over 75 million lives were lost (a majority of them civilians) and millions more were wounded. Allied forces eventually won the war in 1945 but the repercussions would be felt for decades to come. It's important that we continue to remember and pass on the history from this time period especially the atrocities that occurred in the concentration camps. We can't change these past events but we can save future lives by ensuring they are not repeated.

Allied Leaders

Axis Leaders

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler

Germany

Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini

Italy

Emperor Hirohito
Emperor Hirohito

Japan

Visit the places and experience the events that changed the world.

Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House

The home where Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution during World War II.

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

Learn about the Allied efforts to break the codes Germany used to keep their communications secret.

John Frost Bridge
John Frost Bridge

Part of Operation Market Garden, British forces captured and defended the bridge in the Battle of Arnhem.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Pay tribute to the over 9,000 American troops who died in Europe during World War II.

Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane

The city remains unchanged from the day the German army massacred its 642 inhabitants and destroyed the village.

Pegasus Bridge
Pegasus Bridge

Learn about the surprise attack to take the bridge and prevent German amour from reinforcing troops during the D-Day attack.

The Reichstag
The Reichstag

The Reichstag arson fire helped Hitler and the Nazi party become the dominant party in Germany.

Warsaw Ghetto
Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest Nazi ghetto during World War II. Over 390,000 prisoners died here by bullet, gas, starvation, or disease.

Arromanches
Arromanches

See where British forces stormed this Normandy beach and built a Mulberry harbour to bring men and supplies to the front lines.

Eagle's Nest
Eagle's Nest

Sitting above the town of Obersalzberg, Adolf Hitler’s summit residence was used to entertain important guests.

Juno Beach
Juno Beach

Step onto the beach where the Canadian Army invaded and pushed farther into France than any other landing force on D-Day.

Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach

Stand on the beach where the American Infantry and Army Rangers defeated the German army to reach their D-Day objectives.

Oskar Schindler Factory
Oskar Schindler Factory

See how Oskar Schindler, despite being a member of the Nazi party, saved the lives of 1,200 Jews.

Pointe du Hoc
Pointe du Hoc

View the stronghold where American forces scaled the cliffs to capture the highest point between Utah and Omaha beaches.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Visit Moton Field where the Army Air Corps trained the first African American airmen to fly and maintain combat aircraft.

Warsaw Uprising
Warsaw Uprising

Learn how the citizens of Warsaw fought unsuccessfully for 63 days to oust the Nazis and regain control of their city.

Auschwitz
Auschwitz

A Nazi concentration camp where over 1.1 million people died including 960,000 Jews.

Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial

A memorial dedicated to the more than 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Mardasson Memorial
Mardasson Memorial

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest, deadliest battle fought by the United States during WWII.

Operation Dynamo
Operation Dynamo

Stand on the beach where over 338,000 soldiers were evacuated over 8 days as the German Luftwaffe attacked from above.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor

The December 7, 1941 surprise attack on the harbor by the Japanese would push the United States to enter World War II.

Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen

A Nazi concentration camp north of Berlin used to hold political prisoners including Joseph Stalin's oldest son.

Utah Beach
Utah Beach

The westernmost of the five beach landings that took place in Normandy on D-Day.

Wolf's Lair
Wolf's Lair

Tour Hitler's headquarters on the Eastern Front where he would lead the German forces and narrowly avoid an assassination attempt.

Photo Attributions: Many of the photos come from these great photographers

Additional Places to Explore

Not every important place has something to see or do. Sometimes these places are lost to history or they don't take much time to explore. In these cases, there are still stories to be told and information to learn. And now, there are special stickers to collect when you stop and visit.

Saint-Mère-Église
Saint-Mère-Église

Saint-Mère-Église was the first town to be liberated on D-Day. See where paratrooper John Steele landed on top of the local church.

Fuhrerbunker
Fuhrerbunker

Destroyed by the Allies, Hitler spent his last days protected in this bunker. Today, just a small sign remains.

Liberty Road
Liberty Road

Kilometer markers from Utah Beach D-Day landing to Bastogne, Belgium commemorating the liberation of France.

Bastogne Barraks
Bastogne Barraks

See General McAuliffe headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive. His forces would be completely surrounded but would not give up the fight.

Flakturm III
Flakturm III

One of the few remaining German flak towers. The Luftwaffe used them to defend the city during Allied bombing raids.

Photo Attributions: Many of the photos come from these great photographers

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World War II Museums

Keep track of the World War II sights you've visited

Learn about the past while exploring the present. The Duckwyn Travel Passport helps you find the best sights to see. Record your experiences in the built-in journal and relive your adventures later through interactive slide shows.

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