Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve

Musée Hergé

The inventive and touchingly nostalgic Hergé Museum celebrates the multitalented creator of comic-strip hero Tintin with an engaging, inventive and extensive display. Highlights include numerous models, pictures and…
Top Choice Museum in Waterloo Battlefield

Memorial 1815

Inaugurated for the 2015 bicentenary, this showpiece underground museum and visitor centre at the battlefield gives some detail on the background to Napoleon's rise, fills in information on key incidents, then descr…
Top Choice Church in Nivelles

Collégiale Ste-Gertrude

This 11th-century church was part of one of Europe’s foremost abbeys, founded in 648. It's 102m long with a soaring multilevel western facade topped with a squat octagonal tower flanked by turrets. The interior’s en…
Top Choice Historic Site in Waterloo Battlefield

Hougoumont

This classic fortified farm is around 20 minutes’ walk southwest of the Butte du Lion. Had Napoleon broken through here early in the battle, everything might have turned out very differently. Recently restored to it…
Ruins in Walloon Brabant

Abbaye de Villers

Nestled in a pretty wooded dell are these extensive, ivy-clad ruins. Once one of Belgium’s biggest monastic complexes, Villers was never rebuilt after the destructive onslaught of 1794, when, in the post–French Revo…
Museum in Waterloo Battlefield

Musée Wellington

Opposite the church and tourist office on the main road in Waterloo itself, this former inn is where Wellington stayed before the battle. The museum, accessible on the combined Memorial 1815 ticket, is old-fashioned…
Hill in Waterloo Battlefield

Butte du Lion

Waterloo’s most arresting sight is a steep, grassy cone topped by a massive bronze lion. It commemorates, incredibly, not victory nor the glorious dead but Prince William of Orange, wounded on this spot while co-com…
Museum in Waterloo Battlefield

Dernier Quartier Général de Napoléon

The farmhouse complex where Napoleon breakfasted the morning of the battle now forms a small museum, accessible on the combined Memorial 1815 ticket. It’s 4km south of the Hameau du Lion on the Waterloo–Genappe road…
Museum in Waterloo Battlefield

Ferme Brasserie Mont-Saint-Jean

This fortified farmhouse was transformed into Wellington's field hospital during the 1815 battle, and was used to treat some 7000 men. A thought-provoking museum with audiovisual displays details the horrific medica…
Museum in Waterloo Battlefield

Panorama de la Bataille

Included in admission to the Memorial 1815 visitor centre is the charmingly old-fashioned 1912 Panorama de la Bataille, a circular action-packed painting of the battle scenes. You view it from inside, across a 3D fo…