Waterloo Travel Guide

  • Waterloo
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  • Ready, Aim, and Maybe it will Fire.
    Ready, Aim, and Maybe it will Fire.
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  • View of the Waterloo Battlefield from the Butte
    View of the Waterloo Battlefield from...
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Waterloo Highlights

  • Pro
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    Luchonda says…

     A wonderful experience 

  • Con
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    benidormone says…

     To expensive and needs renovation 

  • In a nutshell
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    willyswedding says…

     Don't expect too much. A nice afternoon out. 

Waterloo Things to Do

  • Reenactment

    The museum at the battlefield has regularly scheduled re-enactments of what an infantry soldier shooting his musket and charging with fixed bayonet is all about. At first I thought it was kind of hokey, then about 10 guys, new volunteers to this re-enactment charade went through their paces, managed by an experienced leader. Even with only 10 guys,...

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  • Wellington HQ Museum

    In the town of Waterloo, approximately five kilometers North of the battlefield is an information museum housed in the inn that General Wellington made his head quarters during the battle of Waterloo. You can buy a ticket to the museum, the Napoleon HQ, plus the exhibits at the battle ground including the Butte, the museum/movie, the panorama and...

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  • View from the Butte de Lion

    Once you have climbed the 226 relatively steep steps of the butte, you get a commanding view of the battlefield. There is a fee to enter the facility, which includes not only the right to climb the steps, but also a movie, the wax museum and panorama building.

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  • Panorama of the Battlefield

    Close to the Lion’s Mound you will see the Rotunda. You will see the panorama of the battle there. It is an immense color and sound fresco, which transports visitors back in time to the heart of the Battlefield. The painting depicts the successive charges of the French Cavalry on the afternoon of 18th June. It's smaller than the Panorama of...

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  • Lion’s Mound

    The Lion's Mound (or "Lion's Hillock", "Butte du Lion" in French, "Leeuw van Waterloo" in Dutch) is a large conical artificial hill raised on the battlefield of Waterloo to commemorate the location where William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) was knocked from his horse by a musket ball to the shoulder during the battle. It was ordered...

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  • Bivouac de l'Empereur hostel

    The Napoléon statue erected close to the Bivouac de l'Empereur hostel. It was in the old farm called Caillou where Napoleon and his staff spent the night of 17th June 1815. Five rooms display weapons, field equipment, decorations, medals, as well as marvellous dioramas retracing the history of the Imperial armies. In the orchard alongside the...

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  • Battlefield of the final Defeat of...

    It was 18 June 1815, when Wellington faced Napoleon for the last battle. Well-known, that Duke of Wellington had reached a big victory against Napoleon. More than 300,000 soldiers clashed here on that June day and within a few hours nearly ten-thousand men had died, other thirty-thousand wounded. The defeat was the end of Napoleon's Hundred Days...

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  • ULM flying

    We went up to 300 meters - i noticed that the greens of my neighbour are greener ??!!No - lol - but what a fantastic view on Waterloo area !Pitty we couldn't go to the famous Waterloo monument (223 steps to the lion)- but the Abbey was oké - to see from the air and i guess only few people know that there is an abbey anyway

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  • Reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo

    According to the guidebooks, there is a reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo every 5 years which prompted my husband to exclaim that he'd really like to see that. June 2005 was the last one so it appears that June 2010 will be the next one, I guess by then I'll probably be ready for some more Belgian waffles ;-)Here's a link to an article from the...

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  • Visitor's Center

    If you're planning on visiting Waterloo, you'll want to stop by the Visitor's Center first as tickets to the other attractions are sold here. You can get a combination ticket that gives you access to all the major sights at Waterloo, I think it was 12E, or you can buy tickets to everything separately.The major sights are located right near the...

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  • Climb to the top of the Lion's Mound

    If you want to climb to the top of the Lion's Mound (Butte de Lion) for a view over the Waterloo battlefields, stop by the visitor's center, part with 2.50E and be prepared to climb up 226 stairs to get to the top. There's a small plaque at the top of the mound diagraming where Napoleon and Wellington's armies were and, of course, a rather large...

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  • 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...

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  • La Ferme du Caillou

    The farmhouse where Napoleon and its staff spend the night of june 17th and 18th has now been turned into a museum. Four rooms in which you can follow the emperor's last moments before the battle and see artifacts such as his camp-bed.

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  • Church Saint Joseph

    When you have visited the Wellington Museum, take a few minutes to enter Saint Joseph Church, just across the street.In the entrance, you'll notice various commemorative boards and sculptures dedicated to the British soldiers who fell during the Battle of 1815.I found the choir quite nice and peaceful, full of simplicity.

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  • Wellington Museum

    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...

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Waterloo Hotels

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  • Le 1815 Hotel

    Route du Lion 367-369, Butte du Lion, Waterloo, B-1410, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Ibis Waterloo

    Boulevard Henri Rolin 5A, Waterloo, Brabant Wallon, 1410, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Le Joli-Bois Hotel

    Rue Sainte-Anne 59, Waterloo, 1410, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Waterloo Restaurants

  • Traditional bakery and cafe

    This is an especially good place for brunch - you can sit at tables inside by a great fireplace when it is cold, or out on the back patio when the weather is nice. In addition to the fantastic bread, they serve hot meals to order. Casual, and family-friendly. Not all the staff speak English, so if you don't speak French bring a phrase book.Don't...

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  • Le Bivouac de l’Empereur

    An agreable Tavern and Restaurant decorated after Napoleon’s time, where you can either eat a full meal or have a little snack. Look at the “petite faim” suggestions for a Croque Monsieur or a Tartine de Maquée... this is what I had, a slice of bread with white cheese sprinkled with spring onions and raddishes. Yummy !! I hadn’t eaten that in years...

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Waterloo Transportation

  • Bus from Brussels

    You can pick up the W Bus operated by TEC and take the 11 mile trip South to Waterloo. I picked up the all day ticket so I could get on and off the bus, as your first stop should be the tourist information office in Waterloo (very helpful folks), where you can buy your ticket for the Wellington Museum across the street, and Butte, panorama, wax...

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  • How to get to Waterloo

    We reached Waterloo from Wavre which is situated about 10 km from it. It took us 10 min by car.You can get to Waterloo from Brussels by car or coach: Waterloo is situated approximately 15 km south of Brussels and the Battlefield stretches along the N5. You can reach Waterloo via the N5 or you can follow the bypass (the Ring) around...

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Waterloo Shopping

  • Napoleon busts and more

    You'd think that Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo based on the ratio of Napoleon vs. Wellington souvenirs, you can buy busts in many different sizes, tshirts, little statues in his famous hand inside his jacket pose, chocolates, refrigerator magnets, snow globes, well, just about every tacky souvenir you can imagine. And lots of higher end...

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  • Boulangerie artisanale

    A shop with a very nice atmosphere. You can also eat the local made products here. All kinds of special breads and pastrys.

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Waterloo Warnings and Dangers

  • Get married but well prepared for the...

    Get married in Waterloo - get blindfolded by your friends who take you away from the wedding party willing to prepare you for the coming night.First get your feet off the ground this way and than ....

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  • Make sure you alight at the correct bus...

    The bus stop which you must alight is still a distance away from the site. You will not be able to see the stone lion from the bus stop and hence its possible to miss the stop. (which I almost did)Also, please check the time of the last bus back to the city (At the bus stop which you alight). This is especially for those who have a habit of losing...

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Waterloo Off The Beaten Path

  • by erickscb Written Sep 8, 2009

    An unexpected and still impressive site, the Villers Abbey has been in ruins since the French revolution. From Waterloo, the ruins are a short drive away and worth the side trip. See their website (www.villers.be) for details.
    For your GPS, plug in the address Rue de l'Abbaye 55, 1495 Villers-la-Ville (Belgium).

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    • Archeology
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Waterloo Sports & Outdoors

  • Flying as a bird

    Flying on a ULM plane - follow the instructions of the pilot - and get save in the air to have an overwhelming view on the landscapes of "Waals-Brabant" Some warm clothing - because you will go up to 300 meters . And believe the instructor - temperature is different.Can you imagine that with this "toy" - profesionals are flying to the United...

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  • ULM flights

    I recommend to do it - it is a plane with propeller - safe.In Waterloo - there is a school where you can learn to handle this carrier.

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  • ULM flying

    I think one of cheapest ways to get into the air.and feel like a birdAnd 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...

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Waterloo Favorites

  • Battlefield of Waterloo

    Having spent 4 days in Wavre close to Waterloo and not have seen the place where one of the famous battles was held?Not me! Not even Irina and Asslan! We left the stadium in Wavre where FCI WM was going on and went to Waterloo. It took us three hours to see and climb the Lion’s Mound, to visit the Panorama of the Battlefield and watch Bivouac de...

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  • 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...

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  • His last battle...

    In short, Napoleon, the french emperor, after having conquered most of Europe (but England) started to see the decline of his empire following the Rusian campain in 1812(Berezina is now a common expression)He has finally been exiled a first time into the Isle of Elba.He however managed to escape and to gather again the French around him. However he...

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