Boulevard Henri Rolin 5A, Waterloo, Brabant Wallon, 1410, Belgium
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The Lion Hill
Part of the painting of the battle
The hill and the lion
Short visit to Waterloo
I am visiting Waterloo next week (September 29th - October 2nd, 2008) and would like to find something interesting to do in the few evening I have free.
I will be working each day.
I like walking, and was thinking of walking from the town to the Lion's Mound.
I have been to Waterloo before, but not seen much of the place itself. I did get lost walking to the railway station and so went through what seemed to be a town centre but I am not sure :-)
I'd be glad of any suggestions.
Re: Short visit to Waterloo
Hmmmn, well, my information is very dated, since it seems like my visit was closer in time to the actual battle than to the present (only a slight exaggeration ;-) ), but I don't know that there's good pedestrian access to the site. There was a highway to the east to the mound - on the map, it looks like the N5, and it looks like they've subsequently built a major highway to the west of the mound called the R0. The N5 was not pedestrian friendly, and I can't imagine the R0 is either, unless it has access roads.
Well, from Waterloo city center, the distance to the Lion's Mound is about 5 kilometers, so a nice hour walk, if you had some place to safely walk on. It looks like just over 2 kilometers from Braine-l’Alleud which is due west of the site on the other side of the R0.
I took the bus down from Brussels, so I didn't have any direct experience with walking until I was onsite.
Tell you what, why don't you contact the tourist office in Waterloo and ask them about a footpath down to the Lion's Mount? Their Lion's Mound webpage is http://www.waterloo-tourisme.be/uk/idea.asp?page=2&item=143&SelectTitle=Lion%92s+Mount and their email address (on this page) is email@example.com .
I did note on TripAdvisor that there was a complaint about no footpaths in the area, so it may not have improved much since I was there (for your purpose, that is)...
Travel Tips for Waterloo
The Battle of Waterloo-June 18, 1815
The Battle of Waterloo, which changed the course of European history, pitted French emperor Napoleon, who had recently escaped from his 1st exile on the island of Elba, vs. the allied forces of Europe under Wellington which included the British, Belgians, Germans, and Dutch and backed by the Prussian army. After 9 hours and 15,000 men killed in battle, the allies emerged victorious and Napoleon was forced to abdicate again, this time exiled to St. Helena where he spent the rest of his life.
From the top of the Lion's Mound you can see part of the problem that Napoleon's army faced, although not dramatic, the allies held the upper ground and the French faced an uphill battle, compounded by a wet and muddy battlefield.
I think one of cheapest ways to get into the air.
and feel like a bird
And please notice - my pilot was a small guy - so i look a little bit stronger - and maybe the plane was a little bit smaller too !!
And on top - i had to wear some extra clothes - because it is cold there - high in the magnificent world !!
Pictures are not always showing the truth !! LOL
The museum is set in a XVIIIth century inn, that was chosen by the English General Staff to be the Headquarters of the Duke of Wellington. This is where he slept on June 17th and 18th and where he wrote his victory announcement.
An interesting visit if you are keen on history, plenty of detailed informations are given to you step by step all along the 14 rooms of the museum, in the main house first, and then in another building across the garden. In there you’ll get everything necessary to understand the battle : wax statues, pictures, objects that once belonged to Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, maps of the different battles and armies…a really comprehensive museum.
But maybe too difficult to understand for children…
We visited this museum after the Lion Hill, but I suggest you start your visit of Waterloo with the Wellington Museum. Not only because it is the most interesting of them all, but also because it is the only place where you can buy a 12 euros package ticket including all the visits concerning the Battle of Waterloo (Wellington Museum, Last Headquarters of Napoleon, Wax Museum, Visitor’s Center, Panorama and Lion Hill). It seems that some tensions exist between both sites, and this is why they didn’t show us that “1815 Pass ” at the Visitor Center of the Lion Hill… Too bad…
Museum only : 5,00 euros, audio-guide in 7 languages included.
Commemorative monuments of the battle
On the road between the Visitor’s Center and the Ferme du Caillou you will see various monuments build in the memory of each nation that fought in the battle of 1815. Some have been build to commemorate a person in particular, such as the Monument Gordon, erected in the memory of Alexandre Gordon, Wellington’s aide-de-camp.
135 of those monuments are scattered in the Waterloo countryside.
Waterloo, all is not what it seems
"Into the Lions mouth"
The most interesting thing about Waterloo is, of course, the giant lion that stores the diorama depicting the battle of Waterloo. Waterloo is mainly a typical Belgian small town/large village consisting of cream houses with brown shutters and those neat gardens and sparkling paths and streets that you see throughout Belgium. However, a climb up the steps and into the Lion is worth a visit as you have wonderful panoramic views of the battle field. Also, the diorama is interesting because the battle is not quite as it is written in English history books! Definitely a French bias.
The Wellington Musem in the town centre is interesting too. But for such a major and impoartant part of Franco/Anglo and now European history it is rather sad that more is not made of this rather spiritless pace.
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