A smorgasbord of flavors come from this lofty land in the hilly southeast of Belgium: game, wild boar, venison, smoked ham, the region's famous paté and world-renowned Trappist beers. Primarily located in Belgium, the Ardennes mountains also nudge into France and Luxembourg. Dense forests flank the steep hillsides, and market towns and villages perch on river banks. Spring and summer show this lush area at its best, but cross country skiing opportunities make a good case for winter visits.
Restaurants in The Ardennes
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The castle of Bouillon, the oldest vestige of feudalism in Belgium Visit one of the largest fortified castles in Belgium and embark on a journey through more than 1000 years of history. Standing on three rocky peaks, the castle of Bouillon dominates the city and offers a magnificent view of it. During your visit, you will also be able to discover an art very widespread in medieval times: falconry. Admire the majestic flight of hawks, eagles and owls in a show with humor (from 01/03 to 11/11 inclusive). Finally, end the visit with the Scriptura museum which will tell you the history of the school and the exhibition of the fresco "The Armed Pilgrimage of Godfrey of Bouillon".
The Chateau de Bouillon is an impressive medieval castle with raptor shows and beautiful raptors that you can get quite close to. Well worth a visit and lots of good restaurants in the village below.
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This star shaped memorial with all the 50 states wrapped around it is a tribute to the men and women, because women also died in WWII, who came here, faught here and ended their lives here so that the world would be a better place for everyone. As a soldier and has a daughter, whose Father fought here and returned, We should All honor our fallen. We came in winter to remember what it was like 75 years ago, in this cold winter days.
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Beautiful castle .. with wonderful view from every level Best way to explore castle is by foot (walk up), stay at every level (there are plenty of sitting spaces here and there) There are car parking at the highest level and at a level below (just next to Parfumes of Namur shop) One can easily spend whole day here .. there is a museum, an expo and small yet beautiful shop, cafe and train ride, small kids play area and plenty of open space to sit around and relax
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Near the doors of the Ardennes, along the Lesse, near Dinant, park and nature reserve of Furfooz invites you to discover through a nature walk
We started the day with this nice tour around the hills. It is really clean, sign are clear and the cave are nice surprises. Strongly recommended with kids with the lamp of your mobile. Explore them. Nice bar in the middle of the way where you meet the kayakistes.
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Each year , in the beautiful city of Liege , there is this folkloric event, a circuit that take you into the coteaux, de Liege.it start "rue St leonard and take you thru Pierreuse to the citadelle, all the street are illuminated by thousands of candles, musical attraction are placed here and there where all kind of music are played, also there several shop and restaurant where you can a taste of different cuisine, several small 'bar' on the street offers you the typical alcohol liegeois that is called 'Pecket' these have a wide variety of flavor, museum are open and freed, also the St Barthelemy church is all illuminated, as expected this feast attract people from Holland, Germany and even France, the best point to see is the illumination of the Montagne of Bueren, with the 300 steps all decorated by candles set in a splendid mosaic like display
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A really nice series of easy to ride old railway tracks in the picturesque Ardennes. These take you through the historic villages such as Stavelot and Francorchamps and of course right above the amazing Spa Grand Prix Circuit. Well worth taking your bike for an explore along these old routes. Spa town is great, do visit the 'thermes' at the top of the hill in Spa, a great way to relax.
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Take the public bus from city-centre to the hospital on the citadel.From there it is a 2 minute walk to the War-monument ,underneath the steps are located.From the monument you have a great view over the city of Liège.Walk down the steps and enjoy on the corner of the rue le Poule a drink.Continue with a boatride on the river Meuse.
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Located close to the famous Mardasson Memorial, the Bastogne War Museum is the principal memorial dedicated to the Second World War in the Ardennes and Belgium with more than 150 000 visitors per year. Through the use of scenography, witness testimonial, multi-media installation the route through the exhibition appeals not only to the intellect but to the emotions, giving visitors the feeling that this story belongs to each and every one of us.
Visited with our two kids (7 and 9), and we all thought the museum was fantastic. For my generation and that of our kids, the events of WW2 are very removed. But when you learn about what happened, and that it wasn't all that long ago, it's a very humbling educational experience. The museum is really well curated, and the exhibition leads you through the lead up and events of this part of WW2 in a logical and very engaging manner. My kids liked their individual audio guides and especially the way the story is narrated by the 4 perspectives of the local boy, his teacher, the American soldier and the German soldier. The theatrical displays are really good (to give your mind a break) because there is just so much info to absorb and it is tiring. We spent 3hrs in the museum. It is scary that the events of today seem so similar to those in the lead up to WW2... We also visited the Verdun WW1 museum the next day, and it is incredulous that the world didn't learn it's lesson the first time round.
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This was the cherry on top of the cake! I was already so delighted with the whole city. But when on a lovely warm afternoon I decided to go to the Bovarie and was literally flabbergasted! The green areas along the river are just so enchanting. The Museum building is magnificent so is the cafe of the museum. The views are incredible. What an unforgettable afternoon.
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In the heart of the Spa forest and on the edge of the Fagne de Malchamps, the Domaine of Bérinzenne offers spaces freely accessible to the public: panoramic tower, park with pond and picnic areas. The Museum of Forest and Water “P.Noé” presents the natural environments of the region thanks to an innovative scenography. (Closed on Mondays) A starting point for many walks, the Maison de la Nature has a shop, a cafeteria and a multipurpose room for conferences and temporary exhibitions. (Closed on weekends and public holidays)
This nature area borders the ‘Fagne de Malchamps’ nature area. We wanted hiking and did the yellow trail, which is 5km. This is well indicated and took us more than an hour; we did not go into the tower. For me the area was a surprise. I always associated the Ardennes region with hills. Seeing the plains was magnificent and reminded me of watching the endless Serengeti.
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