- Shop or food outlet
- Religious heritage
- Local producer
- Museum & discovery
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.
There is a well-stocked retail shop on site which does a roaring trade in both products. The water for Orval beer is drawn from the Abbey’s own well. It is high in calcium carbonate which contributes to its intense flavor. Orval cheese uses whole-fat pasteurized milk from the Gaume region and is similar to Port Salut. A 20-minute audio-visual film provides useful background information on the history of the monastery and its current inhabitants. Guided visits are available for groups.
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 travelers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking