Waterloo is world famous for the defeated battle by Napoleon on 18 June 1815 under the command of the Duke of Wellington who led Anglo-Dutch troops to victory. History buffs will love visiting these things to do in Waterloo, Belgium which main tourist attractions include the Battlefield, museums and memorials dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo.
1. Waterloo Battlefield
For military and war enthusiasts, or even if you’re a tourist visiting the area, a trip to Waterloo Battlefield should be in your itinerary. Although there aren’t many remains of the battlefield today, it is a place of reflection and contemplation where the memories of one of the bloodiest battles of time and the soldiers that died here can be remembered.
Address: Route du Lion 315, Waterloo 1410, Belgium
Website: Waterloo Battlefield
2. The Wellington Museum
Despite its small size, The Wellington Museum is very informative with many authentic pieces of furniture, beautiful sketches and paintings from the period. It was here where Wellington stayed for 2 nights before the Battle and the room and desk where he wrote his battle orders and reports is kept exactly as it was 200 years ago when he used it as his Headquarters. If you want to find out about the events of 18th June 1815, a visit here is a must.
The Wellington Museum
Address: Chaussee de Bruxelles 147, Waterloo 1410, Belgium
Website: The Wellington Museum
Go back to the events of 1815 and discover the legends of the Battle of Waterloo with this half-day private tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide, hear about the history of the Battle and visit the Wellington Museum, the former headquarters of Napoleon, take a tour of the battlefield, Lion Hill and walk to the Gordon Monument. At the end of the tour you will be full of new found knowledge from Napolean Bonaparte’s vicious defeat.
Private Tour: Battle of Waterloo from Brussels
Price: from 113.43 USD
4. Lion's Mound, Panorama & Visitor's Center
You’ll won’t be able to miss the Lion’s Mound as you wander around the Battlefield area but before you climb up it, just next to it is the Panorama, a huge, round building. Walk inside and you’ll find the canvas painted by Louis Dumoulin in 1912 to mark the first centenary of the battle. Within the newly renovated Visitor Center organizers have combined the use of technology to explain events leading up to the battle and there is an excellent audio guide and 3D film to help you understand further.
Lion's Mound, Panorama & Visitor's Center
Address: South of Waterloo, Waterloo 1420, Belgium
5. Brocante du Lion
Take the long line of steps to the top of the Lion’s Mound from where you will get an incredible view of the former battlefield. At the top is an enormous cast iron lion, representing the monarch’s victories and was inspired by the 16th-century Medici lions statue in Florence. The single paw which rests on the globe, “announces the peace that Europe has won in the plains of Waterloo”, in the words of the architect.
Brocante du Lion
Address: Chaussee de Charleroi | Mont Saint Jean, Waterloo 1410, Belgium
Website: Brocante du Lion
6. Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
This Music Chapel was inaugurated on 12 July 1939 and was instigated by Queen Elisabeth and Eugène Ysaÿe, one of the greatest violinists and composers of his time. Designed to encourage and develop the talents of musicians from Belgium and worldwide musicians, it now hosts around 250 concerts a year so if you’re in the area, check out their program of events and enjoy a beautiful concert on your visit.
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Address: 445, Chaussée de Tervuren, 1410 Waterloo - Belgium
Website: Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
On this one day tour you will firstly travel with a private guide through Brussels seeing iconic sights such as Grand Place, St Michael’s Cathedral, Statue of the Peeing Boy and the Royal Palace. Your trip will then pass through St Michael’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower before arriving at the location of one of the most pivotal battles in European history: The Battle of Waterloo. Listen, visit and learn about the significant sites in depth - a definite must if you’re interested in this important slice of history.
Brussels Super Saver: Private Brussels Sightseeing Tour plus Battle of Waterloo Tour
Price: from 161.19 USD
Hougoumont farm shed is where much of the battle was fought and it is quoted that after the Battle, the Duke of Wellington said that the defense of Hougoumont was crucial to victory at Waterloo. Today, you can wander the grounds, monuments and grave sites of the British soldiers to get a feel of what troops had to endure at the time. Inside the farm shed, watch a film with many light and sound effects to learn more about the events of the Battle.
Address: 1440 Braine-l'Alleud
Step back in time when you visit Waterloo
Every year thousands of visitors come to pay their respects and to visit the historic sights and monuments at Waterloo. And, with offers on tickets to encompass all the major attractions, you won’t fail to miss out on seeing all the important historical sights and relive through the memories of the Battle that took place here.
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