Orval Abbey is a famous name. Renowned as much for its beer and cheese as for its fascinating history, this remarkable place attracts both tourists and those looking for quiet contemplation.
It’s a must-see, the type of place that marks the history of a region and whose renown extends beyond its borders. This site on the edge of the Belgian Ardennes, in the heart of the Gaume region, is surrounded by woods and forests with springs and streams running through them. A fantastic natural environment with, in its centre, an impressive Cistercian monastery founded in 1131, whose beauty will leave you speechless... At several points over the centuries, the abbey has suffered the blows of history only to be reborn from its ashes. It was in 1926 that the Cistercian monks created a brewery and a cheese factory on the site to fund its reconstruction.
A Symbol of History... and of Tasty Traditions
This helped to grow its reputation even further, making its name and coat of arms iconic. And what can we say about Orval beer? It’s become a classic! With its unique taste and unusual amber aroma, it is one of the six Belgian beers brewed by the Trappist monks who still live there. Would you like to learn the secrets of the brewing process? Don't miss a visit to the museum! It has an educational trail with a quiz, great fun for the kids and the grown-ups. In the surrounding area, you can take a walk in the Prés d’Orval nature reserve: a superb route where you can observe the abundance of flora and fauna. Oh and before you leave, don’t forget to stop off at the shop to buy some cheese and beer to take away with you...
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Arrêtez-vous à l'Ange Gardien, situé à l'entrée du chemin menant à l'Abbaye.
Cette brasserie propose de déguster des mets préparés à base de la bière et du fromage d'Orval.
Explore the surroundings