Welcome to Waterloo Battlefield
Tourists have been swarming to Waterloo ever since Napoleon's 1815 defeat, a seminal event in European history (sightseers were poking around as early as the morning after the battle). The bicentenary saw a high-tech new underground museum pep up the site of the battlefield, which is, in this case, many fields: a vast, attractive patchwork of gently undulating cropland dotted with memorials and historically meaningful buildings. Re-enactments are usually held on the weekend nearest the battle’s anniversary (18 June).
The main battlefield site is known as Hameau du Lion (Lion Hamlet), some 5km south of central Waterloo town.