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The Belgian Ardennes, located in Wallonia is abundant in abbeys, parks, gardens, chateaux & culture. The historic towns bubble over with pretty squares, outdoor markets, museums & restaurants serving regional specialities. The countryside is composed of forests, woodland & moors dotted with springs, streams, waterfalls, and lakes. Take a few tips from our suggested itinerary and make the most of your short break in Ardennes.
Suggested Ardennes itinerary
Morning - Start any stay in Bouillon with a trip to the Archeoscope that takes you on the historical journey of the Godefroid Castle. Then onto the castle itself where you will really appreciate everything that you see. If you have the time and the energy you could also visit any of the other museums that the town has to offer such as the Ducal Museum or the Agri Museum.
Lunch - A firm favourite for lunch is Le Baratin on Rue des Augustins, where you can enjoy some really traditional Belgian dishes including the ever popular moules-fites.
Afternoon - There are a number of places in the surrounding area that you may choose to travel to for the afternoon and the weather may well play a part in your selection. Outdoors you can explore the Botanical Arboretum and La Crete des Cerfs, or you may choose to visit the Grottes de Han (caves) or the Orval Abbey which are both very impressive locations.
Dinner - Head back into Bouillon for dinner. Many of the restaurants have fantastic views from their terraces and one of the best of these can be enjoyed at La Panorama on Rue Au-Dessus de la Ville.
Evening - If you are still feeling lively then you can head to one of the popular bars or even out of town to one of the local nightspots. There is a cinema in the town if you want to check the screening.
Morning - Set off early with your passports to visit the Medieval town of Sedan just over the border or France. If you are lucky you may find one of the markets is open but if not there is still more than enough o keep you entertained with a number of sights to visit and a good shopping area.
Lunch - If you want to find somewhere for lunch then try L’Atelier at 9 Place Harcourt, this is a delightful family restaurant serving traditional French cuisine.
Afternoon - Head back to Bouillon in the afternoon and to Le Marche de Nathalie brewery for a tour and taster session. You should check times and prices before hand and see if you need to book in advance.
Dinner - While in Bouillon you should definitely try to take time to visit the Medieval restaurant, The Cosy, where you can taste authentic recipes taken from the kitchen of the kings.
Evening - To bring your trip to a wonderful end, take a stroll along the backs of the river and find a bar or café that is open late into the evening to enjoy a quiet drink as you reflect on everything you have seen or take the chance to mix with the locals and listen to their stories.