Battle of the bulge


D. Eisenhower at Haus Kirch in Bütgenbach
D. Eisenhower at Haus Kirch in Bütgenbach

Combine holiday and history during your stay in Bütgenbach, in the Belgian Ardennes. Elsenborn Ridge, Westwall, memorials and commmemorative plates, Baugnez 44 Historical Center...Bütgenbach is the perfect base for your Battle of the Bulge Tour.

Interesting facts about Bütgenbach and the Battle of the Bulge

  • Elsenborn Ridge, the place where the Germans tried to break through the defense line of the unexperienced 99th infantry, the so called Battle Babies, lays in the town of Büllingen - Rocherath - Hasselpath and not in Bütgenbach. You will find a warmemorial on 500 meter from the parking at the start of a nice walk.
  • General D. Eisenhower (President of the USA from 1953-1961) stayed for some days in the Haus Kirch in Bütgenbach (Zum Walkerstal 11). The house served as headquarters in the winter of 1944-1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. A bronze plate at the Haus Kirch reminds of this. More info: Christian Kaiser
  • Private collection from Karl-Heinz Heck: In the centre of Bütgenbach you can visit the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck. Extraordinary pieces from both World Wars are displayed here. These curiosities can only be admired by appointment. During your visit, the owner of this unique collection will reveal himself as a passionate storyteller and guide. An absolute must for those who are interested in WWII.
    • Phone: +32 80 44 56 48
Memorial Dwight Eisenhower - Haus Kirch Bütgenbach
Memorial Dwight Eisenhower - Haus Kirch Bütgenbach
Karl-Heinz Heck - private collection Bütgenbach
Mannequin from the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
Liesel Bach - from the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
From the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
From the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck
From the private collection of Karl-Heinz Heck

Bütgenbach, your starting point to discover the area of the Battle of the Bulge

Have a look at the map of monuments and museums below and you'll understand that, indeed, Bütgenbach is strategically located for those who are interested in WWII and the Battle of the Bulge.

By clicking on the door icon (at the left above the map), you'll open a legend and you get access to the details and, when available, to a website with more information.