Leisure activities and outings in Belgium

The Ardennes in south-east Belgium is a relatively untouched area of natural beauty, rich in faun and flora. Visit the numerous beautiful villages, tucked away in valleys and rich in local traditions, folklore and artisans.
There is so much on offer to those who love the great outdoors: hiking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, horse riding and in winter even skiing, sledging and riding snowmobiles. There are a number of grottos north a visit. If you are passionate about history then visit the many castles, monuments, museums retracing the history of the second world war.

You will also find in Belgium several shopping centers where to go shopping.

Orval abbey in Villers-devant Orval

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!

More information on  www.orval.be. 

Flea Market in Arlon

30  km from Luxembourg. If you love a good flea market then make sure you head to Arlon. A great day out for the family. It takes place every 1st sunday of the month from march to november. It attracts a lot of vendors and visitors.

Have a look to www.arlon-tourisme.be.

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.

More information on www.grotte-de-han.be.

Adventure Valley in Durbuy

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.

See www. adventure-valley.be.

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.

See www.eurospacecenter.be.

Bisons farm in Bastogne

70 km from Luxembourg. Wagon ride among the bisons and exhibition about the Indian civilisation. Bar and traditional restaurant.

Consult www.fermedesbisons.be.

Skiat Baraque de Fraiture inVielsalm

What about skiing just 100 km from Luxembourg? 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!

Voir Baraque de fraiture

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.

Consult www.redu-villagedulivre.be.

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.