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Lion's Mound, Panorama & Visitor's Center

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Address: Just South of Waterloo, Waterloo 1420, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 2 352 09 10
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Memorial Buried at the foot of the Lion's Mound, the Memorial 1815...

The Memorial Buried at the foot of the Lion's Mound, the Memorial 1815 enables you to to experience one of the most turbulent times in our History... as if you were there. Dive into the heart of the battle, in a multi-sensory experience, full of special effects, the only one of its kind in Europe! 1815 m² of immersive journeying in a narrative set design which focuses on the experience of the battle! The Panorama The Panorama is an impressive fresco with a circumference of 110 m and a height of 12 m, made in 1912. The painting puts you at the heart of the battle thanks to an impressive sound system. The Lion's Mound The Lion's Mound offers a unique view of the battlefield after a memorable ascent of 226 steps! The Barn of Hougoumont As last authentic witness of the battle, the Barn of Hougoumont features a brand-new scenography made of 4 exhibition rooms as well as an impressive multimedia show.

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This is history!

As we were driving towards the Mound, we started getting glimpses and began to get an appreciation for how massive the monument was. Knowing this area is where a major battle... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 January 2017
Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good exercise going up the hill. A good look at history in the museum. The kids ran up the stairs and ran around the lion. All good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once I saw the statue of the lion on the top of the mound, I was mesmerized. Looking closely, it almost looked like it was alive. It’s eyes stood up. I decided to take pictures of it from different angles. I had a lot of fun doing so. The Panorama & Visitor's Center was quite a surprise to me as... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

As we were driving towards the Mound, we started getting glimpses and began to get an appreciation for how massive the monument was. Knowing this area is where a major battle was fought and history made was very interesting. We decided not to ascend the mound but opted to walk around and then stop at the visitor's center. We had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited the Lions Mound and then Museum and found it very interesting, all the Napoleonic uniforms on display make it well worth seeing, there was also a very good 4D Movie which made you feel like part of the battle, the Panorama display is also well worth the view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I passed on the Monument many times, yet being close and on top of it was amazing. The views were fantastic, climbing up wasn't that hard as I expected, but tiring though, the winds weren't that strong so we enjoyed a fantastic experience and took so many photographs from high above. So much history behind it. was good to know

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Excllent memorial complex. You can see the way up and down of Napoleon, one of the greatest leaders of Europes history. "Sic transit gloria mundi!" If You plan to visit Belgium Waterloo is a place You must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This is worth visiting for anyone interested in history. The displays, view and panorama make history come alive and will allow everyone, young and old to come away with a greater sense of the importance of this historic battle and its key players.

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Hulste, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

I always wondered what that giant lion from the pictures looked like in real life. So on a Sunday I finally found out. It is not possible to visit only the statue: underground there is a museum where you learn more about Napoleon, what he did, who was involved in the war and so on. You get an audioguide and... More 

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Waterloo, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

THe center is now well structred as it was before. I recommand the visite outside tourist time to appreciate all the site sto visite

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Lion's Mound at the site of the Battle of Waterloo gives a very good view over the battlefield, although by scraping away some feet of the ridge on which the Allied defence rests, the Duke of Wellington said "they have ruined my battlefield". A bit of a stiff climb to the top. In front of the mound are the... More 

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