The Top Things To Do And See In Durbuy

L’Ardenne à Durbuy | © Luxembourg belge/Flickr
L’Ardenne à Durbuy | © Luxembourg belge/Flickr
Photo of Kathryn Bulanowski
9 February 2017

This picturesque city in Belgium’s Walloon region is reminiscent of a storybook with its winding cobblestone streets and location nestled in a valley. Surrounded by rolling hills, this city is also known as the ‘smallest city in the world.’ Durbuy is nothing short of activities and has something to suit everyone’s fantasies.

Durbuy Adventure Park

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Durbuy with the river Ourthe
Durbuy with the river Ourthe | © kismihok/Flickr
No trip to Durbuy is complete without an outdoor activity. Whether looking for an exciting energy rush or something more laid-back, Durbuy has it all. Because of its location in the Ardennes, there are certainly plenty of choices depending upon your preferences and the season. Its crisp, fresh air will certainly seduce you to stay outside, and there is a one-stop location to plan your adventure. From kayaking and rock climbing to biking and paint balling, check out Durbuy Adventure Park to discover all the possibilities! You’ll be happy you did.

Durbuy Topiary Park

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Topiary Park
Topiary Park | © Katerina and Vassilis Last/Flickr
If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere in addition to another excuse to get outside, check out this beautiful outdoor park filled with topiaries of all shapes and sizes. The flora here ranges from interesting designs to figures of people and animals. Located close to the city center, it is hard to miss this attraction with its winding, serene pathways. A walk through this manicured park will surely put you at ease with its lovely views of the surrounding area that is twinkling with houses and even a castle.

La Ferme au Chêne Brewery

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Due to Belgium’s status as a country famous for its delicious beers, it is not unusual to find another unique beer originating from this region. For those wishing to try one that is not as well known as many of its national counterparts, this brewery is a wonderful stop for anyone hoping to discover a hidden gem or two. It is also an interesting change of pace for visitors hoping to take a load off after a fun-filled day of adventure. An added bonus is its setting and atmosphere – both typical for Durbuy – with scenic views of the hillsides right outside the window.

La Canette

This charming restaurant is a must for anyone wishing to slip away to an even more intimate space in this magical city. While Durbuy itself is not lacking in that department, La Canette takes the mood one step further and does so with a hint of yesterday. Decorated with vintage and antique finds, it is easy to wander back in time while looking at the unique objects that are placed throughout the venue. The food here changes seasonally and includes something for everyone’s taste, such as traditional Belgian specialties or even more unusual options.

La Canette, Rue Alphonse Eloy 1, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium, +32 86 21 26 68

La Canette | Courtesy of Kasper Vandewinckel

La Canette | Courtesy of Kasper Vandewinckel

Tortuga Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Tortuga Bar
Tortuga Bar | Courtesy of Kathryn Bulanowski
Hoping for an unexpected and unique nightcap? Then look no further than Tortuga Bar, where the bartenders look like pirates and the rum is endless. Located in the center of the city, Tortuga Bar is truly a taste of the Caribbean and will immediately catch your attention with the skeletons and colorful signs lining its entrance. With more than 300 rums selected from all over the world and soft lighting provided by a few dozen candelabras, this bar will surely take you on an escape to a place filled with an ambience like no other.


A visit to Radhadesh at the Chateau de Petite Somme will take you on a vivid tour of India and its culture juxtaposed with that of Belgium. This fully renovated 11th-century castle offers the opportunity to practice yoga, learn the art of Indian cooking, receive a guided tour of the castle and its rich history, and even visit a sacred art museum all while viewing the beauty of historical Belgian architecture. Because this castle is a little slice of India, there are many exciting festivals and events to experience here as well, giving visitors the chance to celebrate Indian traditions and culture in the heart of Durbuy. With that being said, to see the castle alone is enough to prompt a visit here!

Radhadesh, Château de Petite Somme, Petite Somme 8, 6940 Septon-Durbuy, Belgium, +32 86 32 29 26

Durbuy Labyrinth

Just a quick drive from the city center, the Durbuy Labyrinth is yet another exciting adventure to take on during a visit to this lovely region. Each year, a fully themed corn maze is created here that even includes actors throughout, which adds to the fun. Not only this, but there are various other attractions housed at this location, including a vegetable garden and another riddle-filled wooden maze that will put your puzzle-solving skills to the test. This is truly the place to visit for those who are young at heart.

Durbuy Labyrinth, Rue Basse Commène, 6940 Barvaux, Belgium, +32 86 21 90 42

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