A WATERLOO TOUR

A BATTLEFIELD AND MUSEUM TOUR WHEN YOU LEARN MORE THAN THAT THERE ARE 226 STEPS TO THE TOP OF THE LION

The tour starts at the Wellington Museum, 147 Chaussee de Bruxelles, Waterloo.
The museum, a former inn was built in 1705.

The next stop is Saint Joseph’s Church dating from 1687, across from the Wellington Museum where we will read the texts on the flagstones in memory of the British, Dutch and Germans who fell at Waterloo.

 We then move on to the Hougoumont farm house, known as a battle within a battle. It was here that Napoleon’s brother Jerome led 13,000 French troops against 2000 British, Nassau, and Hanoverians without success. A film shown on three screens brings the viewer into the center of the battle.

The next stop is the 1815 Memorial Museum which includes a 3D film of the battle. From the museum one can climb to the top of the lion which was built in 1826 by the Netherlands, four years before Belgian independence. The Panorama which was built in 1912 shows a spectacular view of the battle. For those interested in examining the terrain where the French cavalry charge attacked the British squares it is a ten minute walk.

Leaving the museum we walk on to the battlefield to view the site of the French artillery and infantry attack against Wellington’s forces.

Moving on to Napoleon’s Headquarters, now a museum we see where he planned his last battle.

Our last stop will be at the Prussian Monument in Plancenoit which honors the role played by the Prussians in the defeat of Napoleon.