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Margraten is a village in South Limburg, the southern most region of the Dutch province of Limburg


For travelers, the small town of Margraten is mostly important for the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial that is located here. It is the 3rd largest World War II cemetery for unidentified soldiers in Europe and the final resting ground for no less than 8301 American soldiers. Many of the graves have been adopted by locals, who attend to the white marble crosses and sometimes place flowers. The American president George W. Bush visited the Margraten cemetery in May 2005. Although visits by other Americans, both relatives and former army comrades of the deceased used to be common, the number of people that comes here has decreased heavily over time.

The town itself is part of the municipality of Eijsden-Margraten. Other major population centers in this community include Cadier en Keer, Noorbeek, Mheer and Sint Geertruid.

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Margraten is on the main road from Maastricht to Aachen, and therefor easily reachable over the N278 from both directions. Bus line 50 will bring you here from Maastricht, Vaals or Aachen. There is no trainstation.

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  • Netherlands American Cemetery, 10 km east of Maastricht, on the N278, [1]. The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the final resting ground for 8.301 American soldiers who lost their life in this region during the Second World War. It is located on a hill in Margraten, along the ancient road from Maastricht to Aachen. Viewing the thousands of white crosses on the green fields and the tall Walls of the Missing, with the names of another 1722 missing American soldiers engraved, is a humbling and impressive experience.  edit
  • Sint-Margaritakerk, Pastoor Brouwersstraat 21. The 19th century church of Margraten is in the heart of the village. Its tower is older, late medieval, and the church as a whole is dedicated to Margaret the Virgin.  edit

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  • Hotel Groot Welsden, Groot Welsden 27 Margraten, + 31(0) 43 458 1394, [2]. Rather old-fashioned but classic and clean rooms. There's a nice garden and a a la carte restaurant. 68 EUR p.p..  edit


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