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.