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The 12 Most Charming Villages In Belgium

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Visitors should not be fooled by Belgium’s small size. A part from being the capital of Brussels, Belgium is home to a number of typically Belgian charming villages and towns. From Wallonia to Flanders, we explore the most beautiful villages that are rich in culture, history and natural landscapes, yet are unknown to many.

Torgny

Located at the very south of Belgium in the Gaume region, Torgny is a cute little village with its own sunny microclimate enabling it to be one of the best places in the country to cultivate vines. Surrounded by orchids and vineyards, the village houses boast stunning but quite unusual architecture for the area. The buildings are mostly ochre-colored sandstone cottages with pinkish roofs that are reminiscent of southern France. Always bathed in sunshine, this relaxing village has been recognized as one of the prettiest of Wallonia since 1996.

Torgny is a cute little village with its own sunny microclimate enabling it to be one of the best places in the country to cultivate vines © Pixabay
Torgny is a cute little village with its own sunny microclimate enabling it to be one of the best places in the country to cultivate vines | © Pixabay

Bouillon

Without doubt, Bouillon is the most popular and important tourist hub of the Semois valley. It is home to a perfectly preserved 8th century medieval castle that overlooks the stunning town. This castle is one of the oldest and most fascinating remains of feudalism in the country. There are also many walking paths, especially designed and marked for visitors who want to explore the valley. Visitors can also go on a beer sampling tour at the brewery of Bouillon, Nathalie Market, located in a shop which has around 300 beers on offer.

Belgian medieval city along river Semois in Ardennes with tourists relaxing in the centre of the city in Bouillon, Belgium © T.W. van Urk / Shutterstock
Belgian medieval city along river Semois in Ardennes with tourists relaxing in the centre of the city in Bouillon, Belgium | © T.W. van Urk / Shutterstock

Oud Rekem

Located in Flanders, Oud Rekem is the typical charming Belgian village. It is then no surprise that it won the ‘most beautiful village in Flanders’ title by Tourism Flanders. The village itself is not very big but has lovely winding streets and picturesque buildings. What makes it interesting for visitors is the nature around it. There are breathtaking bike routes where people of all ages can take in the tranquility and serenity.

Oud Rekem © Pixabay
Oud Rekem | © Pixabay

Bastogne

Located near the Luxembourg border, Bastogne is the place where thousands of soldiers lost their lives during the Second World War during the Battle of the Bulge, a battle referred to by Americans as the most intense battle of WWII. The informative War Museum in Bastogne offers visitors the opportunity to discover this famous battle. Visitors can also explore the Wood of Peace, made up of 4,000 trees planted for the 50th anniversary of the battle in dedication to American veterans, the Mardasson Memorial and the Sherman Tank.

World War II memorial "Mardasson" in Bastogne, Wallonia, Belgium © Sergey Dzyuba / Shutterstock
World War II memorial “Mardasson” in Bastogne, Wallonia, Belgium | © Sergey Dzyuba / Shutterstock

De Haan

Located along the Belgian seacoast, De Haan is a charming little village and also one of the country’s best beach resorts. The village has maintained its 1930s architectural style and charm, with the majority of houses being stunning white villas. In this relaxing village, outdoor activities abound. These include nice walks around the area, playing beach ball, building sand castles, swimming, and biking on the seafront.

De Haan Architecture © Pixabay
De Haan Architecture | © Pixabay

Crupet

Crupet is one of the most stunning villages in Wallonia, with its central area dominated by the impressive Grotto of Saint Anthony of Padua. Designed by Gerard, the local curate, and inaugurated in the summer of 1903, the grotto features 22 religious statues, many of which depict life scenes of Saint Anthony of Padua. A must see in the village is also the 13th century medieval castle of Crupet located near the river.

Crupet castle, a tiny medieval castle near Namur, Belgium © Bert Beckers / Shutterstock
Crupet castle, a tiny medieval castle near Namur, Belgium | © Bert Beckers / Shutterstock

Spa

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Ardennes,’ Spa is a beautiful Belgian town located in a wooded valley in the middle of undulating hills, and numerous springs and rivers. Many visitors head there for a true spa experience, enjoying hours of blissful relaxation at the hot swimming pools, geysers, bubbling water cannons, bubble seats and more. The water at the Thermes de Spa comes straight from the Clementine spring and is full of natural minerals known to be good for cleansing the skin.

Thermes de Spa belgium © Charles HAULAIN / Flickr
Thermes de Spa belgium | © Charles HAULAIN / Flickr

Waterloo

Waterloo is the perfect place for history lovers who want to see for themselves where the famous 1815 Battle of Waterloo took place, forever changing the course of European history. The major sights of interest there are the Lion’s Mound, the big and impressive panoramic painting together with the visitors’ center where it is possible to watch extracts from movies. Besides visiting the battlefield and the surrounding attractions, visitors can also explore the magnificent 1,000-year-old Abbey.

History Lovers will love investigating the original site of the Battle of Waterloo © ANADMAN BVBA / Shutterstock
History Lovers will love investigating the original site of the Battle of Waterloo | © ANADMAN BVBA / Shutterstock

Aubechies

Located in Wallonia, Aubechies is one of the most beautiful villages in the area, offering a typical example of what a Wallonian village looks like. Aubechies is home to the archeological site and museum of Aubechies, dedicated to the historical period ranging from pre-history until the Roman times. It constitutes the biggest archaeological open air museum that can be found in Belgium. Aubechies is also home to a Romanesque church, a village town hall and a school.

Durbuy

Durbuy is often referred to as the smallest city in the world. It is also one of the most charming and picturesque places to be found in Belgium, with the historic old town dating back to the 17th century. Located in the densely forested Belgian Ardennes high up in the mountains, Durbuy is an excellent and laid back holiday town famous for its mouth-watering gastronomy, hiking and mountain biking opportunities, winding pedestrian narrow alleys and cobblestoned streets.

Tourists and locals enjoys the old village of Durbuy in a cloudy hot day. Belgium © LMspencer / Shutterstock
Tourists and locals enjoys the old village of Durbuy in a cloudy hot day. Belgium | © LMspencer / Shutterstock

Dinant

Located along the Meuse River, Dinant is a picturesque little town once home to the talented Mr. Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. His house remains open to visitors who can learn more about the invention of this musical instrument in a fun and original setting. Travelers can also visit the fortified citadel, now home to the town’s Arms Museum, the 13th century Collegiate Church of Our Lady, and taste the delicious local hard biscuit called couque de dinant.

Dinant © Pixabay
Dinant | © Pixabay

Ath

Ath is most famous as the home of giants because of the ‘Ducasse’ festivities which happen every summer. On the fourth weekend of August, gigantic figures representing Samson, Goliath and a couple of other allegoric figures parade through Ath’s street, and a reenactment of the wedding of Goliath and the fight with David are performed. The town is also home to a beautiful 12th century tower, a 17th century town hall and stunning Gothic-style churches.

Combat of Saint George (Lumecon) within The Ducasse de Mons (Doudou) celebrations, recognized as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. © shutterstock
Combat of Saint George (Lumecon) within The Ducasse de Mons (Doudou) celebrations, recognized as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. | © shutterstock