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  • I always find it a leisurely drive and less stressful than the highway and definitely not boring as instead of a straight long road, it runs up and down
  • Apart from taking several photos of the Sherman tank and stretching our legs before the last hour of our journey, Bastogne is just that at the moment- a convenient place to stop on the way to Luxembourg from Brussels or the North Sea coast

    • by bethbarl
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      On our way back from the North Sea coast last May 6, 2010, we took the N4 which would take us to Bastogne. Instead of taking the E25 which is the highway connecting Belgium and Luxembourg, we took the national road. We usually do this detour to Bastogne but on that day, we really had to pass the city. We heard on Radio 21 that traffic was moving slowly on the highway because of an accident. We did not want to spend a lot of time sitting through the traffic so in fact taking the N4 was a good decision.

      The drive is really more pleasant than going through the E 25 which is straight all the way to Luxembourg even if there are some hilly roads when you get to Namur and when you arrive at the Ardennes. The countryside is quite pleasant, dotted with forests and farms. I always find it a leisurely drive and less stressful than the highway and


      definitely not boring as instead of a straight long road, it runs up and down. What makes it more pleasant is that there is not much traffic, so one can really enjoy the hour long trip (Brussels-Bastogne is about 100 kms.) without worrying about so many trucks which are plenty on the highway.

      Bastogne is a small city with just a few inhabitants. It is not a big town but one finds enough here. People who live in the frontier such as Arlon or the northern side of Luxembourg often go for shopping here as there are more choices. They have the usual amenities of a city - restaurants, patisseries, hotels and the like (no big malls though). It is easy to go around the city as signage is well in place.

      For me, the nicest thing about Bastogne is that it is a good place to stop for dining which makes the detour worthwhile. Leo Wagon which is a restaurant on an old train ...


      • (at least the front part) is a popular stop for tourists and existed since 1946. It is found on Rue du Vivier, a few meters walk from the central square. They have basically French and Belgian cuisine which my family enjoys. A typical meal price ranges between € 100-150 for a group of 4 people.

        But, Bastogne is not only about food or chocolates, it is most of all a historical city which played an important role during the second World War or at the time of the German invasion of Europe. The famous Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes offensive (where American soldiers fought the most) took place here (although it was going on in all parts of the Ardennes) and to this day, a Sherman war tank used during the fight is still on display right at the city’s central square. We often park here (metered parking but often free after 6 pm) because it is the heart of

        the city being surrounded by restaurants, hotels and shops. It is also easy to get out of the city from the central square as we get immediately the panels for Luxembourg or Brussels depending on the direction you are driving.

        For those who are into history, Bastogne has also several monuments which could be worth visiting such as the Patton Memorial, Macauliffe Monument, the Mardasson Menorial just to name a few. I never visited any of the above because we only stay a few hours in Bastogne (this can change in the future). In addition, there is also a Patton Museum in Ettelbruck (Luxembourg) which I have visited already twice so it was nothing urgent for me to see.

        Apart from taking several photos of the Sherman tank and stretching our legs before the last hour of our journey, Bastogne is just that at the moment- a convenient place to stop on the way to Luxembourg from Brussels or the North Sea coast.




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