Interpretation Center WWII - 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 free

Admission: days and hours 
January and February: open on Saturday and Sunday and during Spring break - tour at 2 p.m.

March 1 till 31: open from Wednesday till Sunday - tour at 2 p.m.

April 1 till September 30: open from Wednesday till Sunday  - tour at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

October 1 till December 31: open from Wednesday till Sunday  - tour at 2 p.m.

Groups over 20 visitors: upon reservation

Length of visit: 2 h

Information and bookings 
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