The quant town of Ettelbruck and Gen Patton!

So I pick this entry to update my post on this quiet quant town of Ettelbruck in Luxembourg. Actually, the biggest noise around here is the museum dedicated to Gen George Patton US 3rd Army in WWII. However, the town is nice for a day visit and we enjoy our road warrior trips in Luxembourg.

We have come to Luxembourg several times over the years and is our favorite little country. It is so nice quant, clean, efficient, and just gave a good feeling from the first visit in 1991 and it has remained strong ever since. I have many nice memories of my dear late wife Martine here.

As time went on, we felled comfortable to venture out into other towns in Luxembourg. Finally ,reaching Ettelbruck because of the Patton name to it in 1992. It is not really a tourist city unless you count the museum as a must; it is nice if you like history like me to come once. The town is very nice in city center. Memories of a lifetime.

Ettelbruck  is a town in the  canton/region  of Diekirch city of which is only 6 km, and 36 km from Luxembourg city, and 365 km from Paris.  There is a train station on the line 1 connecting Luxembourg to  Troisvierges-frontière, and  No 10 to Diekirch, as well as a road network that is the one I used on the superb A7 (Autoroute du Nord, connecting Luxembourg to Diekirch).  The scenic route we have taken too but longer time is the  N7.

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A bit of history I like

Carved out in 1850 with the districts of  Birtrange, Erpeldange, Ingeldorf, Niederschieren, and Oberschieren to create the towns of Erpeldange and Schieren. During WWII in 1940 the invasion of Luxembourg by the Nazis the city was taken by the 1rs panzer division that was going to cross the Meuse river in direction to Sedan.

US forces first liberated the town on 11 September 1944 but Germany retook the town on 16 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. US General George S. Patton on Christmas Day, 25 December 1944, led US troops in the final liberation of Ettelbruck from Nazi occupation. One of Ettelbruck’s main squares is named Patton Square, and is located at the exact spot where the German offensive into Luxembourg’s Alzette Valley was stopped, ending its attempt to reoccupy the country as a whole. Since 1954, the town has held a Remembrance Day celebration each July honoring General Patton and the US, British, French, Belgian and Luxembourgish troops who fought with him there.

Things to see me think are

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum (see post) in Ettelbruck honors the general who liberated the town. The museum exhibits photographs, uniforms (both military and prison camp), weapons and documents from the period of Nazi occupation of Luxembourg (May 1940 to September 1944). The museum was opened on 7 July 1995 and represents a main tourist attraction in the town. 

The Ettelbruck parish Church D’ Kierch Ettelbréck is a decagonal structure. Restored in 1849, the church contains tombstones dating as far back to the 15C.

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You have the statues of 3 figures meaning the strength of Ettelbruck such as Agriculture, Business circles, and Educational system. The farmer is pointing to the desire height the wheat should grow; the retail dealer points his finger into the hollow of his hand to emphasize that money dealings must be correct; and the teacher points his two fingers at the other figures to stress that money and riches are not the be all and end all of life. Nice!

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Some webpages to help you come to enjoy Ettelbruck to follow:

The city of Ettelbruck on things to see: https://ettelbruck.lu/visiteur/hebergements/carte-interactive/

The Luxembourg tourist board on Ettelbruck: https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/ardennes/ettelbruck

There you go a short ans sassy introduction to Ettelbruck in lovely Luxembourg. Another spot on the world map , and a nice quant experience to remember for years to come. Hope you enjoy the post folks.

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers!!!

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