The Ardennes, in the south-east of Belgium, is a great place to get away from it all, right next to Luxembourg.
With its wide open spaces and diversity of flora and fauna, lovers of hiking and the great outdoors will be delighted. Enjoy wonderful walks or bike rides, or fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, climbing or mountain biking. In winter, you can go skiing, tobogganing or snowmobiling. A number of caves are also worth a visit.
If you're looking for culture or folklore, don't hesitate to explore the picturesque villages. History buffs will discover various castles, monuments and museums retracing the history of the Second World War.
Cultural activities in Belgium
Orval Abbey in Villers-devant Orval
Just 75 km from Luxembourg, discover this ancient Cistercian abbey and its ruins, nestled at the bottom of a valley where the Mathilde fountain gushes forth. Art collections are on display in the 18th-century cellars. Themed exhibitions are also on offer during the summer months. You can also visit the traditional pharmacy and its medicinal plant garden.
Come and discover the secrets behind the brewing of Orval beer, to be enjoyed with a delicious slice of Orval cheese!
Book village in Redu
Redu, 95 km from Luxembourg, is Belgium's second-hand book village, with 17 bookshops. The book festival is always held on Easter weekend. Evening events are also organized, and the atmosphere is very friendly.
Flea market in Arlon
Just 30 km from Luxembourg City, Arlon is a must for flea market enthusiasts or family outings. The Marché aux puces du Vieil Arlon takes place every 1st Sunday of the month, from March to November. It attracts a large number of exhibitors and visitors alike.
Euro Space Center in Transinne
For the more scientific, 94 km from Luxembourg, space comes to life and takes shape, thanks to the magic of light, sound and images in this place unique in Europe. Discover the Temple of the Planets, the Columbus laboratory, the International Space Station and a life-size shuttle. Many films, including the breathtaking Space Show! Catering available.
The Euro Space Center also offers courses for children during the school vacations.
Nature discovery activities in Belgium
Han Caves Estate
110 km from Luxembourg, in Han-sur-Lesse, treat yourself to a day of wonder with a visit to the Grottes de Han, shaped by the river Lesse. You can also visit the Parc animalier de Han wildlife park, the Underground World Museum, the mini farm and the playground. A suggestion: sleep with the bears in the "trapper's hut", which will be your refuge for the night.
The Domaine des Grottes de Han comes alive with mysterious characters for Halloween...
Adventure Valley in Durbuy
Just 142 km from Luxembourg, enjoy Belgium's largest adventure park, with 60 different outdoor activities that can be enjoyed with family, friends, your sports club or on your own.
When it comes to accommodation, there's something for everyone, from genuine Indian tipis to cozy Gallic chalets and vacation homes. Most have a bar with beer pump, sauna, open fire and fully equipped kitchen. Catering service available.
The Bison Farm in Bastogne
70 km from Luxembourg, a wagon ride among the buffalo takes you back to the days of cowboys and Indians. Don't miss the exhibition on Indian civilization. Tavern and
Ski or snowboard at La Baraque de Fraiture in Vielsalm
How about skiing just 100 km from Luxembourg in the Haute-Fagnes? For a day of fun and relaxation, with family or friends, in summer or winter, a change of scenery guaranteed! And as a bonus, a delicious meal at the Cabane de Fraiture!
Enjoy a day or half-day of skiing in this mini ski area at 652 m altitude in Belgium! Recommended for beginners and children, or simply for a good time with family and friendsLa Baraque de Fraiture offers a: free toboggan run, 3 green downhill ski runs (lit at night) and 4 cross-country ski runs to delight young and old alike. The ski area is also accessible to snowboarders.
Excellent on-site catering, ideal for a snack or lunch before or after the slopes.
Baraque de Fraiture B-6690 Vielsalm.
Reference portal: Ardenne.org
Ardenne.org is the reference portal for accommodation, holidays, attractions and leisure activities, as well as the flavours and terroirs of the Belgian, French and Luxembourg Ardennes. On this website, you'll find events, tips and suggestions for a stay in a 100% natural region . www.ardenne.org
Folklore in Belgium: don't forget St. Nicholas Day, which is also celebrated in Belgium!