- Day trip from Brussels to pivotal World War II historic sites related to the Battle of the Bulge
- Travel along the former front line of the Battle of the Bulge and to villages that endured fierce fighting during World War II
- Visit Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Recogne German cemetery where thousands of soldiers are buried
- Learn all about the Battle of the Bulge at the Bastogne War Museum
- Admire preserved tanks, memorials to fallen soldiers and monuments honoring American generals
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
A must-do for all history buffs! Going to the sites where the battles took place and hearing anecdotes from your amazing guide is incredibly powerful.
What You Can Expect
Travel by coach to Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, where almost 8,000 soldiers are buried. Take a moment to absorb the heavy cost of war as you observe the long rows of white markers. Continue on your journey, stopping on the road between Bullingen and Butgenbach to see a monument honoring the valiant efforts of the 1st Infantry Division, the oldest division of the US Army. Nicknamed The Big Red One because of the red numeral 1 depicted on its shoulder patches, this division fought hard to delay the German attack.
The next stop is the site of the Malmedy massacre, where 84 American prisoners of war were murdered by the SS. Take a break from the morning's harrowing sights with a lunch stop (own expense) in the small town of Stavelot before continuing to La Glieze. In this small village that was the scene of fierce fighting during the Battle of the Bulge, see an abandoned German Tiger II tank.
You will then go to the Recogne German war cemetery, where almost 7,000 men are laid to rest. Drive through Foy where you can still see some intact foxholes at the edge of the woods. Then it's time to see the profoundly moving Mardasson Memorial near Bastogne, which is dedicated to the memory of the almost 77,000 American soldiers killed or wounded during the Battle of the Bulge.
Learn more about the Battle of the Bulge at the Bastogne War Museum, where interactive displays bring the harrowing events of the momentous offensive to life. In Bastogne, you will also see monuments to two famous American generals -- General McAuliffe and General Patton -- and a preserved Sherman tank.
Proceed to La-Roche-en-Ardenne to see a British destroyer tank and the town's grand medieval castle. Finally, pass through Marche-en-Famenne on your way to Dinant, where you'll see Rocher Bayard, a distinctive rock formation at the Meuse River. The Germans had wanted to cross this landmark during their offensive but could not.
Travel through the scenic Meuse valley and over the highway back to Brussels. Your comprehensive 11.5-hour of Battle of the Bulge historical sites concludes in central Brussels at around 8:30pm.
I tend to prefer to do things on my own, so I was a little nervous booking this tour. It ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! The guide was very informative and I learned a lot more than if I had been on my own. I also saw sites that aren't easily accessible by public transportation and it was nice not having to worry about catching a train/bus to each accessible site. Our group ended up being small, only four people, so it was very customized and our guide even let us vote on what to do for part of the tour! We ended up getting to go to Luxembourg and see where General Patton is buried, even though that wasn't on the schedule! It was amazing and something I will never forget. I will definitely use Viator in the future!
Also, if you're staying close to Grand Place, skip the hotel pick up and just walk to their office. It's easy to find and will save you some time.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The only suggestion we have is that the trip should begin at the museum site. It was our last stop which meant we only had an hour to go through the museum. We didn't have enough time to go through the last third of the museum, or go to their store. It was an excellent museum, very well done, we would have stayed another hour but time was as issue. Being able to see actual foxholes that our soldiers used was amazing and really makes an impression.