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    Bastogne Historical Center

    by Dabs Written Sep 24, 2006

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    The main reason we stopped in Bastogne was to visit the Bastogne Historical Center, a WWII museum focusing on the Battle of the Bulge, which is next to the American Memorial, 2 km northeast of the center of Bastogne. This is a big draw for American veterans and their families since the US was heavily involved in the Battle of the Bulge, nearly 80,000 American soldiers died here.

    A hand held audio guide in English, French, Dutch or German explains the highlights of the displays which contain uniforms and weapons from the allied and German forces plus dioramas depicting the conditions in the winter of 1944. There is also a 30 minute movie in English (with subtitles in multiple languages) using actual war footage. Admission is currently 8.50E and I'd estimate that we spent a little over an hour here.

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    Le Mardasson; WW2 US monument

    by linconnu Updated Nov 8, 2005

    The Battle of the Bulge in winter 1944-45 is where the 101st Airborne played an important part in the war. They defended this strategic position against the Germans despite low ammo, food, equipment, men. A monument, the Mardasson, and a museum are now on the hill from where the 101st made their stand off. If you're a WW2 fan, this is a good place to start.

    From the top the monument, you have a great view of Bastogne and the area.

    The museum is worth a visit if you take time to appreciate it (and specially if you're a WW2 fan!). It has lots of equipement, guns, uniforms and the like. The history of the Battle of the Bulge is also well explained for those who have never heard of it (and are travelling with you!).

    101st Airborne flag in the museum Le Mardasson
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  • Bastogne Historical Center (BHC)

    by Maeve_81 Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    The museum is located next to the Mardosson Memorial Monument, outside you'll see 3 tanks, a Destroyer, a Sherman and a Jagdpanzer.

    It's a beautiful museum, with a nice collection of German and American uniforms and artillerie.

    If you're planning to visit the museum, try to call to see it's opened or go early!
    The last two times I wanted to go, it's wasn't open although it said so on their website. (And if you let them see the print of their website they tell you that it's incorrect information... Sad, isn't it?)

    Bastogne Historical Center

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    Historical Center

    by irinuca Written May 30, 2004

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    This is the most important of all the 'Battle of the Bulge' museums. It is situated 2km outside of Bastogne's city center, on the Mardasson hill, next to the Mardasson monument.
    This fascinating museum is mainly the work of one man, Mr Guy Franz Arend. Mr Arend founded the first version of the museum in the center of the city in 1950 after visitors to Bastogne had made remarks that they regretted the absence of an historical battle museum in 'Nuts City'.
    The first museum was quite incomplete, but very soon Mr. Frantz received help (in the form of abundant and hitherto secret information) from the officers of the Historical section of the 3rd American Army, as well as encouragements from General and Mrs. McAuliffe who visited Mr. Franz.
    In 1965 Guy Arend was authorized to conceive an new up-to-date, all-inclusive museum about the Battle of the Bulge. The new museum BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER was inaugurated on the 31st of May, 1976.
    The museum displays a unique collection of uniforms, vehicles and weapons that belonged to the divisions which were involved in the battle. In the center of the museum is a presentation with slides that show the different movements of the troupes. The showpiece is the 24 minute movie compiled with footage that was shot during the battle. The museum also has a nice gift shop.

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    SHERMAN TANK

    by irinuca Updated May 30, 2004

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    The central town square has been renamed 'McAuliffe'- square after W.W.II. On the corner of the square stands an American Sherman Tank as a symbol of the victorious US Army in the Battle of the Bulge. This tank and its audacious crew ( 6 victories ) managed to come very close to the hamlet RENUAMENT, which was being heavily defended by the Germans, but got stuck in the mud and was hit by anti-tank weapons.

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    MARDASSON MONUMENT

    by irinuca Written May 30, 2004

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    The Mardasson Memorial was built in 1950. It stands as a token of gratitude by the Belgian population for the liberation of the country by the American Army and the allies. The construction of the memorial was suggested by the Belgo-American association (a panel of several eminent Belgian personalities). By erecting this monument they wanted to remember the young Americans who came to liberate Belgium at the cost of their own lives.

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    Animalaine

    by JosM Updated May 8, 2004

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    Wool-animal zoo and museum.
    The fabrication of clothes: from sheep shearing to spinning and the uses of wool.
    Restaurant with local specialties.
    Open: April 1 to October 1, daily (except wednesdays) from 9.30 to 16.30 - on sundays from 11.30 onwards.
    Guided tours (in French) at 14.00 hrs.

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  • Mardasson

    by Maeve_81 Written Feb 27, 2004

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    This American memorial monument is build by Georges Dedoyard.

    The star-shaped building is a tribute by the belgian people for all the wounded, dead or dissapeared GI's of the Battle of the Ardennes.

    Stroll around and enjoy the view, but never forget that all those boys died while fighting for freedom!

    Mardasson Memorial Monument - Bastogne

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    St-Hubert, also a beautifull...

    by Cichlide Written Aug 25, 2002

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    St-Hubert, also a beautifull village with some typical architecture from the ardennes.

    Beautiful landscapes and offcourse the forrest around St-Hubert

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    Offcourse you have to visit...

    by Cichlide Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Offcourse you have to visit Bastogne, with his huge war history (Battle Off The Bulge), you can find a lot of information, monuments and museums here about the World War.

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    A second picture of the...

    by schielen Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A second picture of the Mardasson, to give you an idea of the enormaty of the monument.
    A detailled report of the battle can be found on http://www.nhmccd.edu contracts/lrc/kc/peniche.html.

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    Follow the route of the...

    by schielen Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Follow the route of the classic cycle race Liège - Bastogne - Liège.

    The Area

    The itinerary of Liège - Bastogne - Liège goes through the central part of the Belgian Ardennes, from the banks of the river Meuse to the province of Luxembourg : a typical landscape of plateaux and wooded hills where oak, beech and fir trees grow.

    The Ardennes lie in the East of Belgium. They are the most hilly part of the country with altitudes varying from 200 to 694 m at the Signal de Botrange, the culminating point in the Hautes Fagnes. Tourist, hunting and gastronomic country, this picturesque site heavily suffered from the two world wars : German invasions in 1914 and 1940, and the battle of the Bulge mainly in the region of Malmedy, Stavelot and Bastogne.

    Liège

    Capital of the province of Liège and third city of Belgium, behind Brussels and Antwerp. The origins of Liège go back to the beginning of the VIIIth century. Destroyed by Charles the reckless who however preserved the churches, it was a French and then Dutch possession up to the creation of the Belgian Kingdom in 1830. Thanks to the coal mining and steel industry, Liège was prosperous during the XIXth century. John Cockerill, master of the industrial revolution has very much contributed to the prosperity of the place.
    Sights: the old town, palais des Princes-Evêques, Saint-Paul's cathedral.

    Bastogne

    12000 inhabitants. Altitude : 515 m. Former fortress of wich the Door of Trêves (XIXth century) only remains, Bastogne was besieged by the Germans on December 22nd, 1944. Summoned to surrender, the American General Mac Auliffe's reply was the one word 'Nuts'. Since then, the traditional Nut Festival is a kind of remembrance day. The succulent Ardennes ham is a speciality of Bastogne.
    Sights: Grand' Place, Saint-Peter's Church (XVth century).

    Ans

    Ans (27800 inhabitants) is formed by the towns of Alleur, Loncin and Xhendremael. Located in the suburbs of Liège, Ans spread during the XIXth century thanks to the migration of a part of the population as the town centre had become too small. Famous for its coal mines in the fifties, the town experienced a major economic development and today has more than 1500 businesses and shops.
    Sights: Funicular railway, castle of Waroux (XIIIth century), fort of Loncin.

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    Visit the BASTOGNE HISTORICAL...

    by schielen Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER.

    This is the most important of all the 'Battle of the Bulge' museums. It is situated 2km outside of Bastogne's city center, on the Mardasson hill, next to the Mardasson monument. This fascinating museum is mainly the work of one man, Mr. Guy Franz Arend.
    Mr. Arend founded the first version of the museum in the center of the city in 1950 after visitors to Bastogne had made remarks that they regretted the absence of an historical battle museum in 'Nuts City'.

    The first museum was quite incomplete, but very soon Mr. Frantz received help (in the form of abundant and hitherto secret information) from the officers of the Historical section of the 3rd American Army, as well as encouragements from General and Mrs. McAuliffe who visited Mr. Franz.
    In 1965 Guy Arend was authorized to conceive an new up-to-date, all-inclusive museum about the Battle of the Bulge. The new museum BASTOGNE HISTORICAL CENTER was inaugurated on the 31st of May, 1976.
    The museum displays a unique collection of uniforms, vehicles and weapons that belonged to the divisions which were involved in the battle. In the center of the museum is a presentation with slides that show the different movements of the troupes. The showpiece is the 24 minute movie compiled with footage that was shot during the battle.

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    Mardasson memorial / Mémorial...

    by JosM Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Mardasson memorial / Mémorial du Mardasson
    Memorial and museum of the Battle of the Bulge.
    Monument built by the Belgian-American friendship organization to remember the 76.890 American soldiers, killed or missing or wounded.
    The building forms a star with 5 arms and is 12 m high. The names of 48 US-states in bronze characters encircle the top.

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    Invader stopped

    by Segolily Written Jul 15, 2008

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    Near the Boggess Monument was this monument. It states: "Here, the invader was stopped winter 1944-45"

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