Four attractions at the foot of the Lion
of Waterloo will give you a better understanding of its
With souvenir shops as well as a lovely
spot to have a bite to eat.
1. THE LION'S MOUND
226 steps to see the battlefield. The 40
metre tall mound was erected at the supposed position where the
Prince of Orange was injured during the battle. It took three years
to build it, from 1823 till 1826. The cast-iron lion perching on
the summit is a symbol of the monarchs' victory. It was made in the
workshops of John Cockerill in Seraing was transported and erected
in Waterloo on 25th September 1826. All 28 tonnes stand at height
of 41m. This monument commemorating the Battle provides a splendid
view across the entire historical site. A panoramic table shows the
principal strategic locations as well as the farms which played a
very important role in the Battle.
Access to the Lion's Mound is via the
Memorial 1815. Duration: 30 minutes.
2. THE MEMORIAL 1815
Buried at the foot of the Lion's Mound,
the Memorial 1815 allows you to live one of the most tormented
times of our history... as if you were there. Listen to how the
battle of Waterloo changed the course of European history:
"Waterloo, history of a battle" gives a better understanding of the
history of this battle. Duration of the film: 20 minutes
(commentary in French, subtitled in English and Dutch). A
multi-sensory experience, full of special effects, the only one of
it's kind in Europe! Duration of the visit: about 90 minutes.
3. THE PANORAMA OF THE BATTLE
This circular canvas measuring 110m x 12m
is one of the largest in the world. It was erected in 1912 by Louis
Dumoulin, the French Marine painter.
It is an artistic representation of the
foreground of the Battlefield presented on a circular canvas. This
painting retraces an emotive episode during the battle on 18th June
1815, which took place at around five o'clock; one of the cavalry
charges consisting of the 3rd Kellerman Corps (with the exception
of the carabineers), the surviving members of the 4th Corps
(Milhaud), the Light Cavalry Division (Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes) and the
Heavy Cavalry Division (Guyot) of the Imperial Guard.
Duration: about 30 minutes.
4. THE HOUGOUMONT FARM
The last genuine testimony of the battle
is now open to the public with a quite new scenography.
Duration of the visit: 30 minutes, free
shuttle buses from the lion's mound.