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Mardasson Memorial
Bastogne is a Walloon town in southern Belgium and it was scene of one of the most notorious struggles of World War II: the Battle of the Bulge took place in winter 1944–45 between the retreating Nazis and US troops during the final, ill-fated German offensive against the Allies. Most of the town’s attractions relate to this landmark battle, including the star-shaped Mardasson American War Memorial, which pays homage to the 80,000 US soldiers killed or wounded between December 1944 and the end of January 1945 in the closing days of the war. 

Inaugurated in 1950, the white marble mausoleum was designed by Belgian modernist architect Georges Dedoyard to represent the five-pointed stars on the US flag, supported by slender columns and with a memorial garden at its heart. Inscriptions on the walls of the monument depict the insignia of the American battalions involved in the fighting and the names of the (then) 48 states of the USA. A subterranean crypt has three altars for multi-denominational prayers and is decorated with glittering mosaics by French artist Fernand Léger. Accessible by spiral 
staircase, views from atop the memorial take in the rolling Ardennes countryside and the Wood of Peace, planted in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge; plaques on the roof terrace indicate the layout of the battlegrounds. 

Practical Info

Colline du Mardasson, 5, 6600 Bastogne. Open Feb–Jun, 
Sept–Dec Tue–Sun 9.30am–6pm; Jul–Aug daily 9.30am–7pm. Entrance to the memorial is free. The museum is best reached by road and is under an hour from Luxembourg, Namur and Liège.
Address: Colline du Mardasson, 5, Bastogne, Wallonia 6600, Belgium
Hours: Feb–Jun, Sept–Dec Tue–Sun 9.30am–6pm; Jul–Aug daily 9.30am–7pm
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Battle of the Bulge - Bastogne from Brussels

Immerse yourself in Belgium’s history on a tour of Bastogne with stress-free round-trip transport from Brussels city center. In addition to navigating, your guide provides on-board commentary about landmarks along the way. The day’s itinerary includes the Ardennes Battlefields, admission to the Bastogne War Museum, and free time to explore at your own pace.
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Private Tour: Luxembourg and Bastogne Day Trip from Brussels

Discover the splendid scenery and architectural charm of Luxembourg and Belgium on a private full-day tour from Brussels. Cross the European border with a private guide and explore the small country and its impressive monuments; stroll charming neighborhoods in the eponymous capital and marvel at the regal Palace of the Grand Dukes and the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral. Absorb the historical charm of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center then continue to Bastogne in Belgium to reflect on fallen soldiers at the Mardasson Memorial. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and a customizable itinerary on this private tour.
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WW II - Bastogne - The Battle Of The Bulge

This will be another most memorable day, to tribute to these thousands of Heroes who offered their lives for our freedom. We would drive straight to Bastogne and start this journey by visiting the Historical WW II Museum and the Memorial “ Mardasson Memorial “ erected by the Belgians remembering the American Liberators. This extraordinary monument is constructed in the shape of a five pointed star and was built in honor of the 76,890 American soldiers who were killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of the Bulge. Another popular destination which your guide will ensure you don't miss is the Bois de la Paix, The Wood of Peace. In a design that is only visible from the air, 4,000 trees have been planted and laid out in the symbol of human tenderness - a mother and child.From Bastogne, we will get to Luxembourg city for a little discovering, before visiting The American Cemetery in Luxembourg. Later, we will aim Ettelbruck to visit the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum.
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Private Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge tour from Brussels (by car)

From your hotel in Brussels we drive to Namur, the head town of Southern Belgium in the Ardennes region. Picture stop at the citadel where you will enjoy a breathtaking view on the Meuse river and green valley.Scenic drive along the river and freeway Bastogne. On the way to Bastogne I shall give you key information on Belgium and more specifically the Ardennes region, the Southern French-speaking part of the country. We'll talk about history, education, economy, politics and more!As we arrive in Bastogne city, we shall see the Sherman tank on the MacAuliffe square, have a light lunch at the "Nuts" tavern and proceed to the "War Museum". Climb the Mardasson monument for a view of the battlefields and last but not least, see, hear and feel a bombing experience in a hiding shelter at the 101st airborne museum before returning to Brussels.
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