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About Bastogne

Bastogne, a small town of 15,000 near the Luxembourg border, is a popular daytrip excursion for river cruise ships docking in nearby Namur. Built on one of the rolling hills at the edge of the Ardennes forests, this village has international name recognition because it was the site of the Siege of Bastogne, a part of the larger Battle of the Bulge that paved the way to Allied victory in Europe. This history is the focus of most of the town's most popular sights, including the Bastogne War Museum, the Mardasson Memorial and the 101st Airborne Museum Le Mess.

Visitors might want to review their WWII history, specifically surrounding the Battle of the Bulge, before visiting to best appreciate the town. Some of the environmental factors that made that six-week battle so difficult and deadly are part of the area's natural beauty, like the fog that drifts through the woods and over the river.

More about Bastogne

Why go to Bastogne?

Pros: This village was the site of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and offers the chance to learn more about it.

Cons: Cruise ships don't dock here so you'll need to travel from the port in Namur if you want to visit.

Bottom Line: History buffs will delight in Bastogne's many museums and memorials dedicated to its World War II history.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The euro is the coin of choice. It's probably best to change money in larger Namur, but if you find yourself in need in Bastogne, try the BKCP Bastogne, Rue de Sablon 79 or the Hotel Melba, a part of the Best Western chain, Avenue Mathieu 49.

Language

French is the language most commonly spoken here. But English speakers need not worry as many locals feel comfortable in both tongues. Because of the United States' role in the Battle of the Bulge, there is a lot of pro-American sentiment here and even locals not fluent in English seemed to enjoy trying out their language skills.


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