Waterloo Museums - Waterloo - Belgium

Address: all museums along the "Route du Lion" (See map)
Telephone: +32 (0)2-3851912
Website: http://www.waterloo1815.be

Shop: shops present
Restaurant/refreshments: various restaurants available
Size of the museum/site: various small museums
Year of visit: 2002
Overall rating:

Description: Waterloo... who hasn't heard of this famous town situated just to the south of Brussels? The battle fought on the surrounding fields on June 18th 1815, resulted in the final defeat of Napoleon and some 48.500 dead Dutchmen, Prussians, Englishmen and Frenchmen scattered about the place.

In 1823 the Dutch government decided the battlefield was the ideal spot for a prestigious monument, honouring the dead, remembering the place where the Prince of Orange was wounded and commemorating the victory over the French dictator. A mound was thrown up, about 40.5 metres high, with a lion on top. It gives the visitor a spectacular view over the battlefield.

Apart from the Lion monument, the museums at Waterloo are a bit disappointing. They could have made more out of this historic place.

A historic pose at a historic location.

Quite a climb!

The Duke Of Wellington gazing at the distance, undoubtedly reflecting on his strategies.

French Generals and Marshals on the eve of the Battle.