You may have already heard of the Pays de Herve. This region nestled between the Vesdre and Meuse rivers is all rolling hills, green meadows and orchards. You can also see little farms dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. But the most iconic aspect of the region’s heritage remains its famous cheese!
Here, a relaxed way of life seeps into every corner, floats over every roll of the hills, and you can just let the peaceful atmosphere wash over you. The Pays de Herve’s architectural heritage includes the beautiful Val-Dieu Abbey, founded in 1216 by the Cistercians, with its mill, park and nature reserve, the Château de Wégimont and, of course, the area’s villages, perfect places for a picturesque walk. And it’s not for nothing that the Pays de Herve is also known for its folklore and traditions, such as the ‘nail trees’ of Olne and the ‘del Céqwemme’ and the Cavalcade, two processions through the streets of Herve.
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The best way to experience the Pays de Herve, however, is through your taste buds: a cheese that's rich in taste (and smell) and an apple and pear spread that foodies will adore. Then there’s the ciders (no surprise in this region dotted with orchards), beers and much more. Need some exercise to help all that go down? Pedal along the RaVel network of cycling trails or take one of the area’s many paths on horseback, on foot or on a motorbike or bike... There are a million and one ways to explore Herve and its surroundings!
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