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In the Footsteps of Napoleon

In the Footsteps of Napoleon

Follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Napoleon’s route taken with his troops during the last days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
The Route in Wallonia is 56 miles long, with its history, museums, heritage, folklore, UNESCO World Heritage sites, scenery, regional gastronomy and more.
Specific signposts will guide you along this historic route.

Visit this route at walloniabelgiumtourism.co.uk/waterloo1815

115 km
max. 230 m
min. 102 m
803 m
-855 m
Themes : CulturalPatrimonyTourism of memory

Lodgings nearby

Starting point

823 Rue de Beaumont
59740 Hestrud
Lat : 50.1991Lng : 4.15222
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Hestrud - Napoleon’s Gateway to Wallonia

The Emperor entered the existing Walloon territory through this little...Read more

31B Rue de la Tannerie 59740 Hestrud
Lat : 50.2009541Lng : 4.1536689
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Beaumont - Bivouac at the Foot of the Tour Salamandre (Tower)

Napoleon and his troops spent the night of the 14th to the 15th June...Read more

3 Place du Belvédère 6500 Beaumont
Lat : 50.2352484Lng : 4.2341995
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Château du Fosteau - General Reille’s Headquarters

15 June 1815, General Reille, Chief of Napoleon’s 2nd Army Corps,...Read more

2 Rue du Marquis 6530 Thuin
Lat : 50.3049793Lng : 4.2524278
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Biercée - Medieval Farm turned Distillery

At dawn on the 15th June 1815, Napoleon and his troops would have...Read more

27 Rue de la Roquette 6532 Thuin
Lat : 50.3071994Lng : 4.2888093
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Thuin - The Historic Centre

A slight detour on Napoleon’s route, Thuin was the site of confrontations...Read more

32 Grand Rue 6530 Thuin
Lat : 50.3390378Lng : 4.288702
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Ham-sur-Heure - Chapelle des Trois Arbres

Dating from the late 19th century, the chapel is located in the place...Read more

31 Chemin des Trois Arbres 6120 Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes
Lat : 50.3268338Lng : 4.3797684
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Jamioulx - Recalling a Promise...

During a stopover in Jamioulx, Napoleon met the village priest, Jean-Nicolas...Read more

5 Rue Willy Brogneaux 6120 Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes
Lat : 50.3543021Lng : 4.4138914
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Fleurus - Napoleon’s Last Imperial Palace during the Campaign

On the 16th June 1815, Fleurus was impacted by the Battle of Ligny...Read more

61 Chemin de Mons 6220 Fleurus
Lat : 50.4877467Lng : 4.5519984
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Ligny - Napoleon’s Last Victory

The village of Ligny lies at the heart of the battle in which some...Read more

23 Rue Pont Piraux 5140 Sombreffe
Lat : 50.5141088Lng : 4.5798612
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Les Quatre-Bras de Baisy-Thy - The First Franco-British Battle

At the same time as the Franco-Prussian Battle of Ligny, the French...Read more

95 Rue Dernier Patard 1470 Genappe
Lat : 50.5713885Lng : 4.4532609
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Vieux-Genappe - Last GQ of Napoleon

Napoleon left his castle in Fleurus and continued to pursue the British....Read more

66 Chaussée de Bruxelles 1472 Genappe
Lat : 50.6461066Lng : 4.4206882
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L’Hôpital des Anglais - Ferme de Mont-Saint-Jean (Farm)

On the 17th June 1815, the day before the Battle of Waterloo, the...Read more

591 Chaussée de Charleroi 1410 Waterloo
Lat : 50.6855964Lng : 4.4104958
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Braine-l’Alleud - Battlefield and Memorial Waterloo 1815

The Battle of Waterloo began on the morning of the 18th June 1815....Read more

317 Route du Lion 1410 Waterloo
Lat : 50.6796142Lng : 4.4054747
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Waterloo - Wellington Museum

From the 17th to the 19th June 1815, at the end of the Battle of “Quatre-Bras”...Read more

147 Chaussée de Bruxelles 1410 Waterloo
Lat : 50.7176834Lng : 4.3980503
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A Bit of background

The Emperor Napoleon abdicated in 1814 following his military defeats. He was exiled to the island of Elba, but on the 1st of March 1815, he reached the European continent and landed at Golfe-Juan in France. Napoleon Bonaparte gathered together his loyal troops again and marched towards Paris. He regained leadership of the country, which was frowned upon by the other European countries.
On 18 June 1815, 15 km from Brussels, the Allied troops commanded by the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Blücher, confronted Napoleon’s French Army. Nearly 200,000 men from seven nations fought, leaving almost 50,000 casualties in just one day. The world-famous Battle of Waterloo played a major role in European history.

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