The Ardennes is a region of forests and rolling hills that is primarily in Belgium and Luxembourg but also streches into France. The area is typified by steep valleys carved by fast-flowing rivers, the most prominent of which is the Meuse. The highly strategic position of the Ardennes has made it a battleground for European powers for centuries. During the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, the German army launched a surprise attack here in an attempt to capture Antwerp and drive a wedge between the American and British forces. Today, visitors come to enjoy the scenic beauty and outdoor activities such as hunting, cycling, walking and canoeing. The extensive forests have abundant populations of wild game, which is reflected in the local gastronomy.