Interpretation Center WWII - Bastogne Barracks

2020-03-13 ... 2020-04-03

On Thursday 12 March the National Security Council and the federal government took additional measures in an effort to curb the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) in our country. Among other measures, and as a sanitary precaution, gatherings in confined spaces are forbidden and “social distance” is recommended.

The War Heritage Institute will therefore be closed to visitors for the next three weeks (through 3 April). This decision with immediate effect is applied to our six sites (i.e.: Royal Military Museum Brussels, Fort Breendonk, Trench of Death Dixmude, Bastogne...

The Battle of the Bulge: a Climax

On December 16, 1944 the Germans launch their last major offensive in the West. Bastogne is a capital stake the Americans have to defend at all cost. On December 19, 1944 Brigade General Anthony McAuliffe, ad interin commander of the 101st Airborne Division arrives in Bastogne with his division and he establishes his headquarters at the Heintz Barracks. On December 22, 1944 he writes history: he anwers "Nuts" to the German troops encircling Bastogne and demanding surrender. His short but powerful statement becomes a turning point in the Battle of the Bulge.

Since 2010 BASTOGNE BARRACKS is an Interpretation Centre for the Second World War. Be sure to visit the "Nuts" basement illustrating a decisive step in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the numerous exhibition galleries. Discover the "Vehicle Restoration Centre" giving Royal Military Museum vehicles a new lease of life.

Bastogne Barracks
Quartier Slt Heintz Rue de La Roche 40 - 6600 Bastogne

Admission: days and hours 

From January 6 till December 6, 2020: modifications because of refurbishment
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; tour departures between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Visit upon reservation only (bookings at least 2 weeks prior to selected date) for groups of 15 participants or more
On display: WWII vehicles; the museum will be accessible till June 30 (subject to change)
Fees: 8 € (adult groups) and 6 € (children groups)

Information and bookings 
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Walking tour included in the price