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Founded in 1132, the Notre-Dame of Orval is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. This historical location is home to stunning art collections and a Trappist beer, famous in the Ardenne region.
Set in a deep valley, this abbey is still home to a bustling community of monks.
Worth highlighting are its secular rose window, medicinal plant garden and spring. The foundations of the site, built in the 18th century, are now home to a museum retracing the history of the abbey. Visitors can see, among other treasures, the model of Notre Dame d'Orval built by Laurent Dewez and Brother Abraham(a famous 18th-century painter)'s pictorial work.
First destroyed during the French Revolution, the abbey was rebuilt in 1926.
Planning to travel using public transport? The Florenville railway station and a bus stop are within easy reach of the abbey,
Enchanting terroir products
Orval is a Trappist beer, brewed in the abbey, and very much praised by beer lovers. Visitors can see the installations twice a year when the brewery opens its doors to the public.
The cheese produced by the abbey from local, pasteurised whole milk, will equally delight foodies.
You can find both products in the boutique on site.
Visitors with specific needs
Notre Dame d'Orval is part of the sites certified by the official label Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travellers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
Winter (November to February): 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
In between seasons (March to May, October): 9.30 am to 6 pm
Summer (June to September): 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
Guided tours (In French or Dutch)
Afternoons in July and August + Sunday afternoons in September.
Outside these periods: for groups of 20 or more only. Booking required.
Fee for the guide: 50 €
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking