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  • Guided tour and discovery

Founded in 1132, Notre-Dame of Orval is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. This historical location is still home to a bustling community of monks and even... a Trappist brewery.

The visit

The foundations of the original site are now home to a museum retracing the history of the abbey. Destroyed during the French Revolution, the abbey was rebuilt in 1926.

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.

The museum itself is divided into 3 parts: one dedicated to the architecture of the abbey through time (scale models, remnants...), another to the steel industry and the last to religious art.

The medicinal garden features plants used in Medieval times for their healing properties.

Enchanting terroir products

Orval is known for its Trappist beer, brewed on-site and very much praised by beer lovers.  The water for Orval beer is drawn from the Abbey’s own well. It is high in calcium carbonate which contributes to its intense flavour. Visitors can see the installations twice a year when the brewery opens its doors to the public.

There's more! Orval cheese is made from whole-fat pasteurized milk from the Gaume region and is similar to Port Salut. A real treat...

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.

COVID : We do our best to keep you informed. It's best, however, to check the latest news with the attraction you are visiting, or operator you have booked an activity with. The Covid Safe Certificate is mandatory, as is wearing masks for anyone over the age of 6. Planning to go for a walk in the Haute Fagnes, enjoy the magic of Christmas, maybe find a place for a well deserved break? Read our travel advice.
This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.


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Cafe - Shop - Car parking - Motor Home parking - Parking - Restaurant


Pets not allowed


Guide available/groups - FR - NL

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