I think the Belgian Ardennes is one of the most beautiful regions close to home. Especially when I’m in the mood for a short break from everything. The Ardennes form a wooded low mountain range in eastern Belgium (a large part of Wallonia), northern Luxembourg and a small part of France.
Today I’m going to show you 5 things that I loved doing during my stay here.
The Caves of Han
The caves of Han from a system of subterranean caves in Han-Sur-Lesse near Rochefort, located between the river Lesse in the Belgian Ardennes. They are known as one of Europeans largest cave complexes. A small part of the caves are accessible to visitors for a nice fee of € 19,- per person. Since 1906 there’s a historic tramline that transport the visitors from the city centre to the entrance of the cave.
This tramline is an attraction on it’s own, I loved it. You come across the most beautiful nature sights. It is really a part of the experience. The caves are gorgeous and very overwhelming by it’s size. When you are near, I would definitely recommend you to pay a visit here. A day well spend in my opinion.
La d’Achouffe beer brewery
Set at the heart of the verdant Belgian Ardennes, this brewery specialises in brewing quality special beers. At first seen as a hobby, the Achouffe Brewery developed to such an extent that one after the other, Pierre and Chris (the founders) decided to embrace the adventure full time.
You all probably know one of their most famous beers…. The La Chouffe beer.
It’s such a nice experience to see how the beer is made and to taste a couple of their most famous and well exported beers. I tasted the La Chouffe, the MC Chouffe and the Chouffe Soleil.
I had a great afternoon with my boyfriend and my family in law. It’s a great family outing when you’re without children under the age of 18 (The Dutch standards), if you ask me. A ticket costs €9,- per person.
Bastogne War Museum
Near the famous Mardasson monument lies the Bastogne War Museum, a memorial dedicated to World War II in Belgium. It places the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War in a modern context, with the Battle of the Ardennes as it’s point of view.
It is all about the Second World War. The most important warfare and the suffering of the soldiers are explained so that the visitor gets a better picture of how it went down back then.
For me this visitation had quite an impact on me. When I visit these kind of places (like museums or concentration camps), I always try to relive the past and try to imagine how it was like. Maybe this sounds a little bit crazy to some of you. But I think that it’s very important to remember what happened back then. These are the things we should never forget. It’s a true must see even with children!
Day trip to Bastogne
This city is an public attraction on it’s own. You can visit all of these very nice and authentic stores. But it is also a great place to grab a lunch of plan a romantic dinner for two. Although this city is very popular place to visit, it still has it’s historical vibe. Just perfect!
You maybe know that I love hiking, sometimes for several hours at once. Back in 2010 I’ve also been to the Ardennes, the only difference with then is that we were located in a more wooded area. The hiking trails through the woods were pretty amazing, I saw the most gorgeous places nature has in store.
This time we were located in a small town called Mande-Saint- Etienne. It was more open field like than wooded. Also very gorgeous the eye and a good way to relax. I took some pretty cool photo’s of the area, take a look at them below and let me know what you think about them.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE BELGIAN ARDENNES AND DO YOU HAVE ANY TRAVEL TIPS?