Top 3 activities on the Memory Lane
The Ardennes is a land of history, especially known throughout the world for the famous Battle of the Bulge in 1945. For history lovers, it is possible to combine your hiking trip with Europ’Aventure and the visit of these symbolic places. We even offer the possibility of travelling to the most famous places by Willys Jeep!
Europ’Aventure offers you two specific hiking routes organized in the country of Bastogne; the first is a two-daybike ride and the second is the discovery of the region by Jeep Willys. Our hikes allow you to combine two of the most beautiful activities in the Ardennes: the discovery of wild nature and the surrounding forests with a dive into history thanks to the visit of the Bastogne region. You will also have the opportunity to discover various sites and museums dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge.
In the region of Bastogne
Freedom Trail – La voie de la liberté
It was taken in 1944 by the3rd American army to liberate France, Luxembourg and Belgium from German domination. It starts in Saint-Mère-Eglise in Normandy and ends in Bastogne, more precisely at the emblematic place of Mardasson. In commemoration of this event, cycling tours are organised every year along the route of this historic path.
If you walk part of this freedom trail, you will see that there are many markers along the way.
For more information: https: //www.bastogne.be/ma-commune/citoyennete/jumelages-et-pactes-damitie/voie-de-la-liberte
The Mardasson Memorial
“A must-see place of remembrance of the end of the Second World War! »
Symbol of the Battle of the Bulge, the Mardasson Memorial is a place of remembrance in honour of the American soldiers who fell on Belgian territory during the Second World War. Also a symbol of the enduring friendship of the Belgian and American peoples, this monument is shaped like a five-pointed star engraved with the history of the battle.
Don’t miss the breathtaking view from the roof of the Mardasson Memorial!
For more information: https: //walloniebelgiquetourisme.be/fr-be/content/memorial-du-mardasson-lieu-de-memoire-de-la-bataille-des-ardennes
Bastogne War Museum
A place of remembrance of the Second World War, the Bastogne War Museum explains the Battle of the Bulge in a modern and interactive way. Follow the story of four main characters who immerse you in the atmosphere of the conflicts thanks to the multi-sensory settings.
Young and old alike will find a way to make the history of our region their own!
For more information: https: //www.bastognewarmuseum.be/
If you are interested in these different activities, you will certainly be attracted by our“Discovery of Bastogne and its region in a Willys Jeep” trip. Ask us for advice on how to make your own trip.
Memorials, monuments, museums and thematic tours, the Walloon historical heritage is particularly rich. Visits that will help you understand the past and pay tribute to those who have fallen. More ideas for memorial visits on the Wallonia Belgium Tourism website: https: //walloniebelgiquetourisme.be/fr-be/3/jaime/patrimoine-et-culture/memoire.