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German Cemetery La Cambe, La Cambe

Categories: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
German Cemetery La Cambe is a military war grave and battlefield cemetery for more than 21,000 German military personnel from World War II. Most of the buried were casualties of the Allied landings and ensuing combat of 1944. You can view a permanent exhibition about the German War Graves Commission and access the database to locate the graves of German military officials. An adjoining peace garden is planted with 1,200 maple trees. Arrange your visit to German Cemetery La Cambe and discover more family-friendly attractions in La Cambe using our La Cambe vacation trip planner.
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  • So worth the stop especially if you come from a non German country. It seems a bit darker or perhaps it is just that the layout here is so different from the allied cemeteries. Very good to another pe...  read more »
  • Orr 3rd time here. It's so different, one must see it to appreciate. Only takes a 1/2 hour and right off the main road. 
  • This isn't the colleville American cemetery, but the youth of these soldiers inscribed on the tombs requires us to spend in this place of worship.
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  • A somber experience, but definitely a place worth visiting. A huge contrast to the American and Canadian cemeteries (both of which are also must-visit places if you are interested in D-Day/WW2), both in number of buried and in the emotional feel of the place. The German cemetery is beautiful, but in a dark, sad way that leaves an empty feeling. The signs near the entrance are almost apologetic in nature, pointing out that not every soldier believed in the cause they were fighting for. The visitor center was unmanned, and the relatively cheap, poor displays set the tone for the place. Row after row of low, dark headstones surround a tall burial mound for unknown soldiers topped with a large sculpture of black stone. The sheer number of graves combined with the low headstones and crosses and rows of trees paid for by families and organizations from Germany, France, and other nations create a profound effect that won't be forgotten.
  • During our trip to Normandy we saw both cemeteries, the american and the german. This one is more authentic, not glorifying and very scary. Most of the boys buried here were born between 1920-1926. The youngest I found had just turned 17. As a german I can assure you: They weren't monsters. They were just boys with an evil role model. If you plan to visit Normandy you should see this.
  • I rated this cemetery as five stars, not because I loved it - it is hard to love a cemetery - but because it was amazingly moving. One forgets that German boys fought and died in WW II, just like boys from the Allies did. This cemetery brings that fact home. Some of the markers are for boys as young as 18. The cemetery is much more somber than the American cemetery over Omaha Beach. The stones are all dark and lend a feeling of sadness to the whole experience. Seeing this cemetery is something I never will forget.
  • A must do if you're in Normandy. Though they were the enemy, they were still young men who died doing what their country requested from them.
  • An interesting experience when compared to the American cemetery. Worth a visit if you're into WW2 history.
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