Hotel De Wereld

Hotel De Wereld Wageningen

Hotel De Wereld Wageningen


Where the end of World War II in the Netherlands began

Wageningen - World War II ended for the Netherlands in "Hotel De Wereld" ('Hotel The World'). Five years after the beginning of the war, Nazi-Germany unconditional surrendered in this famous hotel in the city center of Wageningen.

May 1945

It is May 1945 when Field Marshal Montgomery on the L√ľneburg Heath in Germany accepts the surrender of the German army in North West Europe. The capitulation would take effect at 8:00 AM the following morning. But according to Johannes Blaskovitz, the German commander in the Netherlands, the west of the Netherlands is not covered.
Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Foulkes then calls upon the German commander. Blaskovitz is due to appear in Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen on 5 May. In addition to Foulkes, HRH Prince Bernhard will also sit at the negotiating table as leader of the Dutch troops.

Saturday afternoon 4:30 PM

It is Saturday afternoon, May 5, 1945. It is at 4:30 PM at the end of the afternoon when Blaskovitz appears in Wageningen. But the general-oberst only wants to sign the surrender document after consultation with the German headquarters.
Although, according to the history books, the Netherlands will be liberated on May 5, Blaskovitz's official signature is put a day later. This takes place in the auditorium of the Agricultural College in Wageningen.

Wageningen Memorial
Wageningen Memorial

Hotel De Wereld photo gallery

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    Adress and visitor information

    Hotel De Wereld

    Address: 5 Meiplein 1
    Postal code and City: 6703 CD  Wageningen
    Province/Region: Gelderland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 0,5 hours.
    Please note that "Hotel De Wereld" is not a museum. A memorial in front of Hotel De Wereld commemorates the surrender.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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