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Must sees - Bastogne

 

Tourist Attractions

Bastogne Historical Center

 

Situated beside the American Memorial on the Mardasson Hill, the Bastogne Historical Centre gives visitors a new museum concept. The exterior, in the shape of a star, and the interior layout, with a very special atmosphere, are original and attractive. The collections are unique in the world, and their presentation is extremely vivid and advanced.

The visit takes place in two stages : 1. Exhibition of exceptional collections, displayed on wax headed mannequins, representing the protagonists in the battle, General Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, von Manteuffel, McAuliffe and soldiers featured in the documents of the period. Amongst the hundred authentic uniforms displayed, some of them were worn during the battle, such as that of General von Manteuffel, who donated his coat to the museum after the war; 2. The cinema, where a 20' film is shown featuring the best excerpts from the films shot during the fighting by the Americans and Germans. Audio-guides in English are available.

 

Open: - March, April and October, November, December between 10am and 4.30pm. - May, June and September between 9.30am and 5pm. - July and August from 9.30am to 6pm. - Closed in January, February and on 24, 25 and 31 December.

I was 20 in 45' in Bastogne

 

This exhibition - organized on a surface of some 1200 m² and dedicated to the Battle of Bastogne - is a veritable educational tool. Different themes are evoked: the situation of the battle of the Ardennes in the framework of the world conflict; illustration of the main themes through Bastogne before December 1944, the actual battle, with a reconstruction of an allied and a German HQ, the life of the soldiers, civilians in the battle...

 

Open every day (except on Friday from October to April) from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Last entrance at 5 pm. Closed on 25 December and 1 January. Possibility to combine your visit with a visit to the "Bastogne Historical Center".

Ticket prices: Adults: 6,5euro / Children over 8 years old: 5euro / Children under 8 years old: Free (except groups) / Groups (+ de 20 people with an accompanying person [free]): 5euro

 

The Mardasson Memorial - Bastogne

 

This memorial is a tribute from the Belgian population as a whole to the American nation. In the form of a five-pointed American star, this monument was designed by the architect Georges DEDOYARD, to honour the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of the Bulge. Its construction came about thanks to an initiative of the Belgian American Association set up in 1945 and consisting of various Belgian dignitaries who wished to perpetuate the memory of those brave American youths who fell on our soil.  Given that the American effort was so decisive here, Bastogne was chosen as the site for the memorial's construction.

 

Opening hours: TBA

 

 

The Wood of Peace

The 4,000 trees making up this wood were planted for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. They were dedicated to the American veterans who fought in the Ardennes, Belgian combatants and all the civilians and military who died in the winter of 1944-45. Every veteran who returned to Bastogne in 1994 chose a tree, which will always bear his name. The Wood of Peace is laid out to recreate the UNICEF emblem: a mother and child, symbol of human tenderness. This design is only visible from the air. The trees on the site are mostly service trees, birches, beech trees and oaks.


Open all year round. Access : by road : via E411, E25 and the N4, Bastogne exit, then towards Mardasson, and Bizory - TEC: bus to Bastogne (Bizory is 4 km distant). Admission free. Guided tours : explanatory signs on the site. Tel: +32.(0) 61.24.09.61    Fax:+32(0).61.21.59.09 info@paysdebastogne.be

 

BOIS DE LA PAIX (WOOD OF PEACE)

©Administration communale de Bastogne.

The Sherman tank

The Sherman tank of the 11th US Armored Division "Thunderbolt" was completely renovated and is a major monument in Bastogne. This American tank belongs to the 11th Division and was brought to a stop in Renuamont on 30 December 1944, after a German attack in the village. Its crew was captured by the Germans and brought to a prisoner camp.

 

Place McAuliffe in Bastogne  Tel: +32 61 21 27 11  Fax: +32 61 21 27 25 info@paysdebastogne.be

 

The Museum "en Piconrue"

This diocesan museum of religious art uncovers the traditions and the popular beliefs of the Ardennes and Luxemburg. Liturgy, popular piety, magical or superstitious rituals. Many objects show a special aspect of the Ardennes culture. Every year the museum organises thematic exhibition on the everyday and religous life in the Ardennes and the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg.

 

Guided tours on prior request. Duration: 1h30. Library and Documentation and Archive Centre open from Tuesday to Friday (9 am -12 pm / 1 pm - 4.30 pm).

email : piconrue@bastogne.be email : g.charneux.piconrue@gmail.com