Who never heard of Waterloo? The village itself might be small but the place of interest is outside the village.
Here historici can dream of the big battlefield between Napoleon against big names as Wellington and Willem van Oranje.
You can climb up the many steps to the mountain where the rememberance statue is placed, a lion overlooking the battlefields. There is a plan in iron or bronze on which you can see the strategics of the battle having place.
There is a wax museum; %lhttp://www.museewellington.com/html/presentation_en.cfm]Wellington museum ' a movie theatre; a huge round panoramic theatre (see pictures) that has a specific name but I forgot it. There are not so many original like these left so it is a very unique piece.
All this you can visit.
The community is making big efforts to maintain the place better and make it more interesting.
You can have a visit at the Tourist office for more specific information.
You can get there from Brussels with public transport but it is not easy.
Most easy way to travel is by car but finding a parking spot might be difficult.
When all your visits are done, you might want to drink a typical Napoleon beer out of a stone cup in one of the pubs near the tourist centre.
If you enjoy history, be sure to take the 20-30 minute drive to Waterloo. This is the location where Wellington (from England) and Blucher (from Germany) defeated Napoleon for the last time. Today an enormous mound of earth with a lion perched on the top provides an excellent view of the battlefield. Though the movie is lacking, the lighted map presentation in the visitors' center does a fantastic job of explaining the battle and is worth the money.
Waterloo is located just a few kilometers due south of Brussels (toward Charleroi) on highway N-5.
Waterloo, the place where Napoleon was defeated on the 18th of june of 1815.
The lion hill, which is the main memorial monument of the Battle of Waterloo, indicates the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded. A total of 226 stairs leads to the top of the monument where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the entire battlefield.
Make sure you check out Waterloo. The battle of Waterloo occured here in 1815, led by Napoleon's army. Waterloo is slightly south west from Brussels. It is a very peaceful place now, and not that big of a town, but it's historical significance is great. You can just sit there and imagine seeing Napoleon's armies marching down to meet Prussia's and Germany's armies. It must of been a sight! This picture is of the actual battlefield, taken from the Lion's monument.
Waterloo. You need to take a bus to Waterloo which is about 45mins away from Brussels. The bus takes a long time to come and the driver will not tell you when to alight. We almost alight at a 'Waterloo departmental store'. A short walk from the bus stop is needed(10min) Be sure to check the return bus timetable because there is only about 10 bus per day(about 1 per hour). BUT..the stone lion is worth it!
The battlefield of Waterloo is but half an hour by train from Brussels. Take the train to Braine l'Alleud (not Waterloo!) and walk to the Chateau Goumont, the introduction and focus for Victor Hugo's memorable description of the battle in Les Miserables. The picture shows the chapel.
Waterloo, south of Brussels - where Napoleon was defeated by the allied forces (British. Dutch and Prussians) in 1815. Check out my Waterloo page.
Waterloo. Here, not far from Brussels, Napoleon found its Waterloo. Nice view of the area from the top of the lion. Must do: count the steps!