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Wavre

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The dynamic shopping town of Wavre became the capital of the new province of Walloon Brabant on January 1st, 1995. 25 km from Brussels, and less than one hour's drive from most principal touristic centres, its situation is strategic and contributes to its dynamism.
In addition to its shops, Wavre is also Belgium's most popular town for one-day visits, thanks to its very easy road access, a wide variety of restaurants and the presence of the Walibi amusement park – Belgium's largest!

This little, provincial town brims with charm. You will love the pedestrian walkways running along the river Dyle, Saint John the Baptist church and its 50 bells, the weekly markets, and various heritage events, such as "Le Grand Tour" and "Le Jeu de Jean et Alice", that can be traced in medieval times.

"All the roads in the world lead to my town" wrote the Wavre-born poet Maurice Carême. A variety of tours are available in the old and new quarters and in the vicinity of Wavre, with sights including the traditional sculptures of "Le Maca" and "La Crapaute".

The Château de l'Ermitage hosts exhibitions, talks and concerts. Soon, a multi-purpose cultural complex will develop significantly the cultural and leisure offers.

The Town Hall is a haven of peace and the venue for many cultural and other events. If you're passing through, don't forget to taste the local gastronomic speciality: a delicious cream cheese tart called "La Tarte au Stofé".

Since 2001, the Town Hall hosts the tourism office, la Maison du Tourisme des Ardennes brabançonnes.

The Battle of Wavre
On the 18th June 1815, in the late afternoon, while the battle of Waterloo has already begun, some French units, under the command of Marshal Grouchy, engage in combat against a Corps of the Prussian army, placed under the command of General von Thielmann.

After many hours of violent affronts, on the 19th June at dawn, the Prussian troops, warned of the outcome of the battle of Waterloo, give up the field and leave Wavre in French hands. It is only at the end of the morning that Marshal Grouchy learns the Emperor's defeat and decides to leave Wavre to join Givet via an itinerary, "La Route Grouchy".

Pictures of the city