Bastogne is part of the Belgian Ardennes, perfect for long hikes in the snow or shadowy walks under the stately trees. There are a lot of routes to follow, but – especially recommended for history fanatics or World War II connoisseurs – the hikes to the famous Battle of the Bulge’s location are particularly fascinating . Whether or not with a guide, and in a snowy winter especially, hiking this area is an experience beyond any other.
Watch out for: the combination of the beautiful surroundings with a bloody history
An enormous bison herd with colossal animals, a restaurant with bison steak on the menu and an Indian festival in summer; what else do you need to make your children happy? La Ferme des Bisons is paradise for little scallywags and wannabe cowboys, and the cozy gîtes for rent are perfect for a splendid vacation in the rural Ardennes.
Opening hours: all year round
Watch out for: the adorable bison calves running around on their wobbly legs
Address: La Ferme des Bisons, Recogne, Bastogne, Belgium, +32 6 121 21 15
Something totally different and not for everybody, but still worth mentioning here, is the cycle race from Liège to Bastogne and back. Every year at the end of April, this classic cycle race crosses the town of Bastogne, attracting a large public crowd and many cycle fans cheering for their favorite. Belgians love this race, and you should definitely come if wanting to catch a glimpse of Andy Schleck or Belgium’s own Philippe Gilbert.
Watch out for: the folksy atmosphere with lots of beer and hot dogs
The beautiful lake of La Strange close to Bastogne is a popular spot for those who love fishing, and for those who are simply looking for a piece of amazing nature. The lake is stuffed with trout and carp, so a nice catch of fish is guaranteed. Done with fishing? The beautiful surroundings of the lake are perfect for a romantic evening stroll.
Opening hours: 6am – 10pm (summer)