Marche is French for ‘walk’ - which is fitting, as it’s a wonderful place to walk! Not far from Durbuy, Rochefort and La Roche, nestled between the Lesse and Ourthe valleys, is Marche-en-Famenne. You can experience the charm of this city by exploring its pedestrianised streets and cultural and natural treasures!
With its modernised centre that does nothing to dispel its olden-day charm and its 17th century buildings, Marche-en-Famenne is packed with attractions as fascinating as they are beautiful. Are you into culture and historical artefacts? Then you’d be mad not to step into the magnificent listed building that houses the FAM - the Famenne & Art Museum. A museum that looks back at the past - from prehistoric times to the 20th century - while at the same time being firmly anchored in the present by the work of artist Remy Van den Abeele. FAM also hosts temporary exhibitions, talks, workshops, activities and more. And on top of this, art lovers should make sure they don’t miss the Romanesque church of Saint-Etienne de Waha and the colourful play of light through its stained-glass windows by Jean-Michel Folon. An ode to serenity...
A Valley to Explore
Are your feet still itching to go? Perfect! You can take your pick from the region’s many paths and trails, on foot or by bike - and, while we’re on the subject, it just wouldn’t do to pass by the famous Fond des Vaulx! This small, deep valley extends over an area of 15 hectares and is located only a few minutes from the city centre. You’ll see caves, rock walls and a chasm called the Trotti aux Fosses. The Fond des Vaulx is part of both the Calestienne, a limestone belt fashioned over time, and the Famenne-Ardenne Global Geopark, situated between the Lesse, Lomme and Ourthe valleys. An infinite supply of new discoveries for tourists and scientists alike! That’s right, Marche-en-Famenne has more surprises in store for you yet!
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