Bastogne Barracks - a fascinating Second World War interpretation centre

  • Museum & discovery

The Nuts' cellar, right under Second Lieutenant Heinz' barracks, will take you back to the second world war. Make sure to stop by this Interpretation Centre to learn about one of Wallonia's most famous fights: the Battle of the Bulge.


This museum space, attached to Brussels' Royal Museum of Armed Forces and of Military History, recreates the surreal atmosphere of the second world war through exhibitions and reconstitutions of this battle.

The barracks also are home to all sorts of military vehicles, part of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History's collections. The Vehicle Restoration Center keeps the historical tanks and other engines in perfect condition.

Visitors can also visit the General MacAuliffe (Commander of the 101st Airborne at the time)'s headquarters.

Nuts, a strange word to sum up the Battle of the Bulge

General MacAuliffe, reading the Germans' letter asking him and his troops to surrender, is said to have muttered "Aw, nuts". Judging the word appropriate, he wrote his answer accordingly as follows:

To the German Commander.


The American Commander.

In the cellar, now nicknamed "Nuts", time seems to have stopped, the tragedy frozen in times.

Practical information

Guided tours only.

Visitors with specific needs

Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer.

Please note, on this site:

  • If you are blind or visually impaired: it is possible to touch some of the historical objects
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing: digital tablets present the history linked to each scene in sign language. The videos can be downloaded online before the visit.
  • Free guided (and adapted) tours for all visitors with special needs.


From 01 January to 31 December 2018.

Guided tours only. Booking required.
Groups: 20 persons min.

January and February:
Saturdays, Sundays, Carnival holidays: at 2 pm

Wednesdays to Sundays: at 2 pm

April 1st to September 30th:
Wednesdays to Sundays: at 10 am and 2 pm

October 1st to December 31st:
Wednesdays to Sundays: at 2 pm


Entry is free.

Information sur la promenade


Duree minimum2:00



  • Visitor guide for groups


  • Access for PRM (autodeclared)
  • Accessibility


With guide only
FR - EN - NL
NL - FR - EN

Additional information

Parking busYes
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.