The Ardennes, located in the south-east of Belgium, is an ideal area for escape in the immediate vicinity of Luxembourg.
With its wide nature and the diversity of its flora and fauna, fans outdoor sports will be delighted. Enjoy wonderful walks or bike rides, or fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, rock climbing or mountain biking. In winter, you can go skiing, sledding or snowmobiling. Some caves are also worth a visit. If you are looking for culture or folklore, do not hesitate to explore the picturesque villages. History buffs will discover various castles, monuments and museums recounting the history of the Second World War.
Orval abbey in Villers-devant Orval
At 75 km from Luxembourg, this old cistercian abbey and ruins are well worth a visit. A beautiful authentic site down in a valley by the bubbling Mathilde fountain. Also visit the art exhibition housed in the 18th century cellars, the traditional chemist and medicinal plant gardens. Various themed exhibitions take place throughout the summer. You can also discover the secrets of brewing Orval beer, to taste with an Orval cheese sandwich!
Flea Market in Arlon
If you love a good flea market then make sure you head to Arlon, which is only 30 km from Luxembourg. The flea market takes place every 1st sunday of the month from march to november. It attracts a lot of vendors and visitors. A great day out for the family.
Domaine of the Caves of Han
110 km from Luxembourg, a marvellous day for young and old alike with a tour of the grotto carved out by the river Lesse wich crosses through, the wild animals reserve, the “expothème” and the museum of the underground world. There is a mini-farm and a games area to keep children amused between the various visits. You can even spend the night with the bears in a Trapper’s cabin. Food available.
142 km from Luxembourg. This is the biggest adventure park in Belgium and you can take part in 60 different outdoor activities either as a family, amongst friends, with a sport club or by yourself. Numerous sleeping options are available: a real indian teepee, a gaillic chalet, as well as holiday homes, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. Most have a bar with beer on tap, sauna open fires and well equipped kitchens. A catering service is available.
Euro Space Center in Transinne
94 km from Luxembourg. This place, unique in Europe, takes shape and comes alive with the clever use of sound, light, and images. Discover indoors the temple of planets, the Columbus laboratory, the International Space Station and a life-size shuttle. The many films include the amazing Space Show! Food available.
Euro Space Center proposes also internships for children during holidays.
70 km from Luxembourg. Wagon ride among the bisons and exhibition about the Indian civilisation. Bar and traditional restaurant.
Skiing at Baraque de Fraiture in Vielsalm
What about a skiing experience just 100 km from Luxembourg in the Hautes-Fagnes ? For a day of relaxation and fun, with family or friends, in summer or winter, change of scenery guaranteed! And as a bonus, a good meal on the spot!
Book Village in Redu
95 km from Luxembourg. Redu is Belgium’s second-hand book village which has 22 second-hand booksellers. The book festival takes place during the Easter WE. Night events are also organised, the atmosphere is very nice.
France and Germany also have many destinations to visit with family or friends. That’s enough to fill your weekends!
Reference website : Ardenne.org
The website for lodging, trips, attractions, activities and flavours of Belgian, French and Luxembourgish Ardennes. You can also find out local events, top tips and suggestions for a stay in this nature lovers paradise. www.ardenne.org[