The day after Napoleon’s defeat on 18 June 1815, Marshall Grouchy, who commanded the right wing of the French army, organised the retreat of his troops from Wavre to Givet, via Namur. From 19 to 22 June 1815, this officer of Napoleon orchestrated a brilliant retreat to bring his 30,000 men back to France safe and sound, while protecting the solders retreating from Waterloo.
The itinerary will start in Wavre and take you by Rixensart, Louvain-la-Neuve and Chaumont-Gistoux, then move on to Walhain, Namur, Dinant and finally Givet.
Sites not to be missed in Walloon Brabant, such as the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville, and the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve are obvious highlights. But the Route will also provide an opportunity to visit other, less known places, such as the ecological rose garden in Chaumont-Gistoux and the feudal castle of Corroy-le-Château.
Discover this fine tourist itinerary that retraces the footsteps of the last battles between the French and the Prussians. It will unveil the treasures of Walloon Brabant and Meuse Valley, through a double road and pedestrian route. The itinerary comprises two routes until Namur. They correspond to the two military columns marshalled by Grouchy to speed up his retreat.
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