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Waterloo

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Waterloo is a historic town in the Walloon province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium (close to Brussels). The town known mainly for the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where Napoleon Bonaparte went down to his final defeat, leading to his second exile on Saint Helena.

Get in

By bus

The most convenient way to get to Waterloo from Brussels is the hourly bus to Charleroi operated by TEC. It starts at Bruxelles-Midi/Zuid station and, after about half an hour, has a stop that is just 300 meters away from the Lion's Mound.

By train

The 1 Braine-l'Alleud Train Station is the closest one to get to the Lion's Mound and NOT the 2 Waterloo Train Station, which is located much more north. Hourly trains run from Brussels and (on weekdays) Antwerp to Nivelles, stopping at Waterloo and Braine-l'Alleud. From the Waterloo station it is a 5-kilometer walk to the site, from the Braine-l'Alleud station 2,5 kilometers.

By car

The site of the Waterloo battlefield can be easily reached by car from the R0 motorway. You need to get off at exit 25. From there the site is very near. Next to the Lion's Mound site is a free parking lot.

Get around

Buses exist but are unreliable. The town center is small and easily walkable.

See

  • 1 Waterloo Battlefield, Lion's Mound, Route du Lion. Discover the Waterloo Battlefield where Napoleon lost his final battle. See the battlefield exactly like it was June the 18th of 1815 when Wellington faced Napoleon for an ultimate battle that changed Europe's face forever. The Lion's Mound is an artificial hill of 43 metres high with a statue of a lion on top, roaring southwards in the direction of Paris. It can be climbed by stairs and offers a splendid view over the whole battlefield. There is a small museum next to it about the battle. If you are coming from Germany and exit the highway at Waterloo exit, do not expect to find large road signs or anybody in Waterloo streets to indicate where the battlefield is ("Alesia? What is Alesia?" effect).
  • 2 Church of Saint Joseph, Rue de la Station. The main church of Waterloo dating back to the 18th century. There are several memorial plaques to officers falling at the Battle of Waterloo inside the building.

Do

  • Cinema Wellington. It's in downtown Waterloo with French, Flemish and English spoken films as well as French and Flemish subtitles. Screencasts most mainstream American films as well as French movies. The Wellington Passage - Chaussée de Bruxelles 165, 1410 Waterloo, tel: +32 2 3549359, +32 2 3549359

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Sleep

  • 1 ibis Brussels Waterloo, Boulevard Henri Rolin 5, ☏ +32 2 351 00 30. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00.

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