Liberation Route Europe

Liberation Route Europe
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Bastogne War Museum

Bastogne War Museum, partner of Liberation Route Europe

www.bastognewarmuseum.be

Located next to the famous Mardasson Memorial, the Bastogne War Museum offers a unique perspective into World War II, from its origins to its post-war consequences, with a special focus on the Battle of the Bulge. Young and old, history buff or not, the brand new scenography offers more than a simple museum visit, but rather a brand new way of discovering the past.

To most, the name Bastogne is nearly synonymous with Battle of the Bulge. Hitler’s last ditch offensive in the winter of 1944 through this densely wooded area led to the bloodiest campaign the Americans would go through during the Second World War. American troops were surrounded in this major crossroads for five long and cold days, without proper winter equipment and with limited supplies. Their heroic defence of the town has been remembered as one of the greatest feats of arms of WWII.

Four characters, fictitious witnesses of the battle, guide the visitor through the main events of the Second World War and the Battle of the Bulge. Robert, the American corporal, Hans, the German officer, Mathilde, the Belgian teacher, and Emile, the Belgian schoolboy give the visitor a fictive but realistic account of the tragic events that took place in Belgium during this bloody conflict.

Completing the experience, the visit is highlighted by three interactive films. Called Scenovision®, those immersive scenes put the visitor alternatively in a tent for a press conference announcing D-Day, in a foxhole in the woods along soldiers fighting around Bastogne, and, finally, in a cafe among civilians caught under fire.

Unique in Belgium, the Bastogne War Museum is a must for those who wish to better understand the Battle of the Ardennes in its broader context and encounter a unique experience in a modern and lively museum.

  • “Four characters and three Scénovisions® provide a unique immersive experience”
  • “In 2015 the Bastogne War Museum was elected Traveler’s Choice and #1 of 15 things to do in Bastogne on Trip Advisor”
  • “Over 1,000 artefacts, including, of course, a large amount of military gear, but also exceptional documents and historical objects from civilian life richly illustrate the museum’s course.”
Location Colline du Mardasson 56600Bastogne
Liberation Route Europe

Liberation Route Europe is an ever expanding international commemoration route connecting the milestones of modern European history together. The route forms a link between the major regions during the advance of the Allies.

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