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“A glowing insight into the German soldier - why they lost the war” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Soldiers Memorial Museum
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Owner description: A Military Museum dedicated to the experience of the individual soldier. His story, uniform and equipment. The only kind in South Africa. Guided personal tours for small groups. A very unique experience in Hermanus. “There is no glamour in war, only permanent memories and nightmares for those who were there”Enjoy this experience in conjunction with the historical menu and ambience of De Voorskooten Café.Open 08:00 – 16:00, Tuesday - Sunday
Ledbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A glowing insight into the German soldier - why they lost the war”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

It is always good to see both sides of any story. This museum shows original artefacts that the German soldier depended upon when he went to war - fascinating and an experience not to be missed. Well worth the effort of finding this gem

Visited February 2014
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hereford
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Some thing different”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We visited this after reading reviews on TA and as I have an interest in Arms and militaria.Upon arriving we were told thet it was closed at that time but a lady rang the owner and we arranged to come back later that afternoon and he would show us around.This is really a man who has turned his passion and hobby into something which he is determined to share with people and he is certainly passionate and knowledgable.The tour is supposed to be about an hour but we were there for over 2 hours and it flew by.Once he (Jacques?) realised I had a bit of an interest he wanted to share everything and even my long suffering wife was enthralled.Once again this is not a business that he does to make money and he is a bit selective as to who he shows around so it is proably best to ring beforehand but if you have the slightest interest in WW2 you will have an education.We were just disappointed we couldnt use their adjoining restaurant (Der veerskooten) but it only opens on nightd that we werent in town,asit is also highly rated on here.

Visited February 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unexpected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

This museum absolutely justify the reviews it is getting. It is remarkably intense and informative. The combination of artfacts and the owners knowledge makes fot a great experience.

Visited February 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Remarkable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

I visited this museum, expecting to find a few hats in a cupboard, but what an unbelievable surprise. This is one, if not the most complete museums of German militaria in the world. It is displayed in a professional manner with the owner making this a memorable experience with his unbelievable knowledge of the subject and applying in in a very personal and interactive manner. Even my wife and kid which are not into history was spellbound for the full two hours of the tour.If you are close to Hermanus do visit it. REMARKABLE

The other nice part is that is linked to a very nice and exclusive restaurant "De Voorskooten"

Visited January 2014
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Pretoria
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96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“An absolute MUST for anyone into German WW II memorabilia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

A very small museum, basically two rooms, but you would not believe how much history can be crammed into 20 m²...

Probably the most extensive exhibition of German WW II memorabilia in the Southern hemisphere. You will see unique uniforms. You will find weapons, certificates, helmets, all the paraphernalia of war. To my historian's eyes, everything appears to be authentic. >90% of what you see is of German origin.

Not to worry: The owner does not glorify the Third Reich. This exhibition is not about denying the atrocities committed under the German flag. It is instead about showing who it was that fought that terrible war on the German side: What did the soldiers and officers look like? What did they wear? What did they have to carry with them? Jacques, the owner and guide supremo, has taken an interest in this period already as a very young child. I have no idea where this interest came from, but I do know that he is as knowledgeable as you can be about the period and about the experience of the ordinary Wehrmacht soldier. He knows more about this than 99,5% of Germans do. And he is much more entertaining than us when he presents his knowledge.

Hermanus is a very nice place. But if you have any interest in WW II and not much time to spare, forget about the whales and the beach and the cold Atlantic and get into the Soldiers Memorial Museum. And if you're on a vacation in Hermanus and the weather gods have conspired against you, do arrange for a tour of these two rooms. They'll make you forget the outside for a while.

Visited January 2014
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