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Bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815: photos and useful information.

Two previous articles dealt with the famous battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815 and the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of this historic event. You will find here official photos of the festivities as well as useful information to attend.

Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo
Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo: reenactment at the bicentenary of the battle.

Access

The battlefield of Waterloo is located near the southern section of the Brussels Ring road (RO) and  the National Road N5. Therefore, it is easily accessible by road.

-- By plane
Waterloo is located 25 km west of the Brussels International Airport (20 minutes by the ring road; much more in case of traffic jam in peak hours) and approximately 45 km from Brussels Charleroi Airport (35 minutes by motorway E420).

-- By road
The southern section of the Brussels Ring road (RO) runs through Waterloo and Braine-l'Alleud. It passes close to the Lion's Mound. The latter can be accessed both via the western side of the ring road (E19 motorway, also known as motorway to Paris) or the eastern section of the ring which crosses the motorway from Liège (E40) and then that of Namur (E 411).

From the city center of Brussels, waterloo may be accessed by the N5 road (a little less than 1 / 2 h).

The N5 gives also access to the "Ferme du caillou" (the former headquarters of Napoleon) and to many commemorative monuments situated in Plancenoit or Genappe. Since these sites are spread over a few kilometers, the road (car, bus, taxi) is the best way to visit them. The "Ferme du caillou" is located about 9 km south of the city center of Waterloo.

-- By train
Braine-l'Alleud railway station lies on the line from Brussels to Charleroi. It is located less than 3 km from the Lion's Mound.

The railway station of Waterloo is only about 1 km from the Wellington Museum. A bus goes to the Lion's Mound, 5 km south of the city center.

-- By bus
Bus from Waterloo and Braine-l'Alleud: Bus W and 365.

Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo: reenactment
Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo: reenactment.

Entrance fee

-- The Museum Pass (€ 17.75 at the full rate) gives access to the 3 main sites of the battle: the Lion' Hamlet (including the Lion's Mound) in Braine-l'Alleud, the Wellington Museum in Waterloo, and the "Ferme du caillou" in Genappe.

-- For each of the two reenactments of the battle on 19 and 20 June 2015, standing places are available from € 15.75 and seated places from € 38.00.

-- Visit of the 3 encampment sites (Bivouacs): entrance fee of € 6.75.

-- Guided tours are available in various languages on reservation.

For more details (groups, schools, etc.), please contact the organizers of Waterloo 2015 or the Waterloo tourist office.

Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo
Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

See also: Pictures of the Waterloo Memorial and the Lion's Mound.
                Pictures from monuments  of the Battle of Waterloo.
                Pictures from historic farmhouses of Waterloo.
                Pictures from the Hougoumont farmhouse


 

See also

Belgium > Waterloo 2015: reenactment, museums and monuments of the battle
Belgium > Battle of Waterloo

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Everything you should know about the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo: photos and useful information.