This massive monument is very impressive. Shaped as a five point star it lists all the divisions who fought in the battles around Bastogne. It details the battle and the outcome. From the observatory on top directions to the different battles are pointed out. The Battle of the Bulge has been described as many small battles fought by men who knew...more
This was a great museum, a little on the small side, but with lots going for it. We tried to pick and chose museums that would give us the most impact since we didn't have time for them all. This covered everything. They had real items on display, they had small and large dioramas, they had a nice layout that had a good historical progression,...more
This is where the German siege was broken 26 Dec 1944 by "an assault of six (possibly eight) U.S. tanks led by 33 year old Lieutenant Charles Boggess. " "After intense hand to hand fighting - " a clubbing, beating melee," according to one account- Lieutenant Boggess led a small group of Sherman tanks through the rear of a weakened German position...more
We visited a few other places: the Bois de Paix, which was a park with trees planted from different nations, of which the U.S. was not represented, and which was nice, but still needs more time and work. We also went in search of the 506th foxholes. We didn't find them, but found a new monument recently erected honoring this "Band of Brothers"...more
The center of town is the Place McAuliffe. It is surrounded by fun looking buildings, hotels, restaurants and shops. Parking fills the middle. Next to the street is the main tourist office and an American jeep. I seem to recall a sign on the jeep advertising tours. This is where you want to go to begin your tour of Bastogne and the surrounding...more
Here "Medal of Honor recipient James Hendrix alone attacked a german gun position, killing two and capturing the rest of its crew on Dec 26 1944. The area was the site of horrendous artillery bombardment, an estimated one shell per square meter falling here."We visited on a quiet evening. The site is small and not much to mark the real battle. Mr...more
Park your car at square general MCauliffe or in that area, and visit the probably most photographed tank, the Sherman tank.Direction Neufchateau you find a small square behind some houses where you can park for free.30 metres further you find a very small museum, filed with local stuff and in the basement you find material about the first and...more
Just outside Bastogne is a very nice museum dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge and the defense of Bastogne. The museum is full of weapons, uniforms, and other equipment from the battle. The cost is 8,50 € unless you are a WW2 vet, then it's free. Adjacent to the museum parking lot is the Mardasson Memorial. Climb up the stairs and get a very nice...more
General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (July 2, 1898 - August 11, 1975) was the United States Army general who commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Battle of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He was famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!"Born in Washington, DC on July...more
The Mardasson Memorial was erected near Bastogne to honour the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Besides the memorial is the Bastogne Historical Centre, which houses uniforms, vehicles, and other memorabilia. It also shows a 24-minute movie assembled from footage shot during the...more
All the exhibited equipment and uniforms are authentic. Still nowadays, the exceptional collections of the museum keep growing richer notably thanks to donations made by collectors and veterans and thanks to constant research.And this is how the general of armoured troops, the baron Hasso von Manteuffel gave the museum the leather coat he was...more
There are not a lot of options for hotels in Bastogne so this ended up being the most expensive...more
Place Mac Auliffe, 8-9, Bastogne, B-6600, Belgium
Good for: Families
4-6 rue du Vivier, Place Mc Auliffe, Bastogne, 6600, Belgium
Good for: Families
We had dinner at the restaurant in the corner. There were any number to chose from, and I really can't say why we chose this one. The food was good, the service passable. What I remember most is the other family sitting next to us, amazingly also from Utah, ordered escargot and frog legs. It was entertaining to watch their children take a hold of...more
All I wanted to eat was a sandwich and some soup so we picked the more casual Bistro Leo over the Restaurant Leo next door but I think we made a mistake. The guide book said that Restaurant Leo was the most popular eatery in town and owned by the same people but I thought the food at Bistro Leo was pretty mediocre. I ordered a Croque Monsieur...more
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TAKE ON WATERRESISTENT SHOES.
AND A UMBRELLA, WHEN YOU ARE VISITING THE CITY.
OF COURSE YOU CAN TAKE A RAINCOAT.
IT MOSTLY RAINS IN THE ARDENNES.
Bastogne is the midpoint of the famous Liège-Bastogne-Liège classic bicycle race, one of the biggest events in the professional cycling calendar, dating from the end of the 19th century.Liège-Bastogne-Liège, often called La Doyenne ("the oldest woman"), is one of the five 'Monuments' of the European professional road cycling calendar, and the...more
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...more
The most famous quote of the battle happened in Bastogne came from the 101st’s acting commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe. When awakened by an enemy request for his surrender, he replied “NUTS!” (his interpreter translated it as “Go to hell!”).This is the reason why in most of the WW2 monuments you can read the word "NUTS" and you can...more