Belgium: Battle of Waterloo to Celebrate the 195th Anniversary

Belgium: Battle of Waterloo to Celebrate the 195th Anniversary

Battle of Waterloo Will Celebrate the 195th Anniversary of Europe’s Triumph

Over Napoleon Near Brussels

June 18-20, 2010

Waterloo, Belgium, less than 30 minutes south of Brussels, will celebrate the 195th Anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat, ending his rule as the Emperor of France, at the Battle of Waterloo with a weekend filled with activities that will be sure to entertain the whole family June 18-20, 2010.

The commemorative weekend will begin with three internationally recognized fireworks makers putting on an hour-long Battle of Waterloo-inspired firework and light spectacle at 10:00PM on Friday, June 18. On Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity to travel into the heart of the Napoleonic bivouacs, to discover the everyday life of a typical soldier in the imperial army. The weekend will conclude with a reenactment of the battle with over 3,000 soldiers, with Napoleon often being played by an American actor, to give the full effect of the scale of the battle and its place in European history.

The Wellington Museum, once the former Bodenghien Inn, was the Duke of Wellington’s headquarters during the Battle of Waterloo. Today, visitors can tour the 14 room museum filled with armor, weaponry and other treasures used during this historic battle. Please visit http://www.museewellington.be/ for hours of operation, entrance prices and more information.

Within close proximity to the battlefield, there is a hotel to meet every need and taste. Properties like the Martin’s Grand Hotel in Waterloo, http://www.martins-hotels.com/, or the Dolce la Hulpe, http://www.dolce-la-hulpe-brussels-hotel.com/, are a luxury traveler’s dream. For those who prefer bed and breakfast accommodations can visit http://www.bnb-brussels.be/ to find their perfect fit.

All hotels are near golf courses, shopping and restaurants. The Opera Restaurant, for example, is great for a romantic, Italian dinner for two. Less than 30 minutes south of Waterloo, are the ruins of the Villers Abbey in the town of Villers-la-Ville, one of the most important Cistercian abbeys of Europe. Known for their self-sufficiency, the Order of Cistercians for the Trappists traditionally supported themselves financially through farming and brewing.  Additional hotel, restaurant and activity suggestions can be found at http://www.visitbelgium.com/.

For more information, please visit http://www.waterloo-tourisme.be/ .

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