Sitting a short distance south of Brussels, the historical capital of Belgium is best known for the famous battle named after it, and many of the things to see and do here have a connection with Napoleon’s denouement. Among them is The Panorama, a large round building housing a panoramic painting depicting the Battle of Waterloo. But the town is a lot more than a mere playground for history buffs – it’s also home to some important and well preserved areas of natural beauty. The Sonian Forest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the town’s northeast borders contains several trees more than 200 years old, while inside there’s a museum presenting displays about the flora, fauna, history of the area. For nocturnal pursuits, in the heart of the town is a bustling casino complete with a striking glass cupola in the main games hall.