Get on your bike and explore Walloon Brabant and its tourist sites on two wheels!
Whether with family, friends or as a couple, enjoy some relaxing times in the great outdoors in a remarkable setting.
Stop off in a “Bikes welcome” establishment: you will not be disappointed by the welcome!
1815 Waterloo "points-noeuds" cycling route
From the Wellington Museum to Napoleon’ Last Headquarters, passing through the Sonian Forest and the Argenteuil Estate! !! Watch out!! This route contains sections that can be dangerous and is not suitable for children under the age of 15. A mountain bike or electric bike are strongly recommended. The starting point is in the centre of Waterloo, between points 92 and 93 behind the “Waterloo Tourism” office. The guidebook for this trip, as well as two other loops, one cycling and one walking, can be purchased for €2.50 from Waterloo Tourism (Chaussée de Bruxelles 218, 1410 Waterloo)
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Points of interest
In the past, charcoal was produced here on what used to be part of the Sonian Forest.Today you can enjoy a trip around the lake (3km) and admire the lush surrounding nature.A chance to learn about ecology (with a free brochure published by the municipality).
At the heart of Waterloo, this park with its splendid arboretum has grown into nearly a hectare in size.Previously the property of the Damiens castle, it currently houses a playground and an exhibition space "Les Ecuries".
On the first floor of the Tourist Information Centre, explore this museum, in which you will relive the history of a little hamlet at the gateway to Brussels.With articles from the Paleolithic era, the first documents mentioning Waterloo in 1128, the Museum will take you through centuries of history beyond simply the famous battlefield.It would later become a cosmopolitan town known worldwide.Waterloo, from Victor Hugo to ABBA : a name everybody knows!
On June 15th 1815, the Duke of Wellington decided to establish his field hospital at the farm of Mont-Saint-Jean. During and after the battle of Waterloo, near 6000 soldiers were treated there.This former, hardly ever sanitized hospital is now a museum. Discover the work of surgeons in times of war, the surgical instruments used, the weapons, uniforms, ammunition ... with an impressive recontextualisation of the facts.Stories and illustrations of the work of the Scottish surgeon Charles Bell, present at the site in June 1815, are also on show.The broader history of the farm is also presented. More than eight centuries old, it was occupied by the Order of Malta, turned into a farm and housed a brewery. Take the opportunity to enjoy the Waterloo beer, brewed on site.
Having heard that Waterloo beer restored energy and valour in those who drank it, the Duke of Wellington allowed his men to drink it to boost their strength and courage on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. With the English victory on 18 June 1815, the legend of Waterloo was born. Waterloo today is among John Martin’s prestigious Finest Beer Selection, along with the likes of Guinness, Gordon and Timmermans. A micro-brewery has been opened at Mont-Saint-Jean Farm, which was where the Duke of Wellington set up the English hospital during the battle in 1815.
This monument pays tribute to 42 Anglo-German officers who died on the battlefields of Waterloo.
The Lion's Mound gives a unique view of the battlefield after a memorable climb of 226 steps. This 40m tumulus was erected on the spot where it is thought that the Prince of Orange was wounded before he became the King of the Netherlands. The Mound symbolizes the victory of the allied monarchies.
Hougoumont Farm, also known as Goumont Farm (referring to the place in Braine-l’Alleud), is generally accepted as the last authentic witness to the Battle of Waterloo.Hougoumont Farm is unquestionably the most emblematic and the best preserved in terms of how it looked in the aftermath of the Battle. It witnessed fierce fighting between the French and the English. The English front, some 3.5 km long from Hougoumont to La Papelotte, withstood the French offensive during the day on 18 June 1815. In fact the Duke of Wellington used to say that “the success of the battle turned upon the closing of the gates at Hougoumont”.After the battle, most of the buildings at Hougoumont lay in smoke and ruins. The walls of the few surviving buildings were pockmarked by shells and bullets. The trees were in a dreadful state, with their mangled trunks and their branches and leaves torn off. The castle, which was an utter wreck, was obviously uninhabitable. All that remains of the castle today are its foundations.Do come and explore this place of memory, reflection and reconciliation, with its new layout focusing on the historic events at Hougoumont through various sequences, bas-reliefs and other documents. In addition, the English troops will finally be given their commemorative monument, which is installed in the courtyard.
This bakery has been lovingly baking good bread in its traditional wood-fired oven for two generations. Its bread, baguettes, currant breads, tarts, Viennese pastries, savoury tarts, cakes and 'pain surprise' will delight your taste buds.
Napoleon’s Last Headquarters is the only Napoleonic museum in Belgium. It was at this former farmhouse that Napoleon devised his strategy and drew up his battle plans.Located 4 km from the Mound of the Lion, the museum’s authentic period interior is home to a host of items of which the majority come from the French army, and they include the Emperor’s camp bed.In the layout of the Last Headquarters, visitors will be better able to soak up this historic location and gain a better understanding of history, while having fun. The focus is on the events of the night of 17 to 18 June and many stories from civil and military life. Audio guides tracing the course of the Battle will accompany you from room to room, following the fate of various protagonists.To guarantee access for all, the museum has developed different reading levels for adults and children. Particular attention is also paid to those with mobility problems, the partially sighted and the hard of hearing.