Belgian Ardennes travel guide

Everything you should know before planning a holiday in Belgian Ardennes, at a glance.

Everything you should know before planning a holiday in the Belgian Ardennes, at a glance. When go, the best sights and attractions, food and drinks not to miss. And the best boutique hotels in the Belgian Ardennes bookable online, just a click away.  

This touristic region constitutes the southern part of Belgium – say from Namur and south – and is dotted with ancient forests, green meadows, imposing castles, and old cities stepped in history.

The Belgian Ardenens share a natural border with France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Thanks to their unspoilt natural scenery and rich cultural traditions, the Belgian Ardennes have become a prime tourist destination for nature lovers, foodies, and those seeking to disconnect from the hectic pace of urban life.


When to travel to Belgian Ardennes

This Belgian region has a mild continental climate, which is characterised by rather warm summers and abundant precipitation at other times of the year. In fact, the amount of rainfall is one of the most important factors to bear in mind when it comes to choosing the right time for a holliday in the Belgian Ardennes, as abundant precipitation can interfere with outdoor activities. November, December, and January are the wettest months, and have an average of 19 days of rain every month. 

Due to the region's elevation (which ranges between 1,148 and 2,276 feet), maximum temperatures are often lower than in other parts of Belgium. The hottest months are July and August, but even at this time of the year the thermometers in low-lying areas rarely rise above 23°C. The best months to visit the region are June, July, and September, as the mild temperatures are ideal for the practice of outdoor activities, which are one of the main reasons why people visit this area.


Climate


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Average Temperature
°C 1 3 5 9 12 16 17 17 14 10 5 2
°F 33 37 41 47 54 61 62 62 57 50 41 35













Average Rainfall
mm 75 72 61 66 61 62 74 88 74 67 85 103
Days 18 17 16 17 16 14 14 17 15 16 19 18

Sights and attractions in Belgian Ardennes

Main sights and attractions in the Belgian Ardennes

For several centuries, the Belgian Ardennes have been mostly known as an agricultural region, and the area has remained rich in resources like minerals (phosphates, iron, coal, and zinc) and timber (mostly oak and fir). The Ardennes are packed with rural landscapes where time seems to have stood still. Visitors will have countless opportunities to observe how traditional farming and cattle-raising practices are still current in this region. For this very same reason, the Belgian Ardennes are the ideal destination for nature lovers, as the scenic beauty of the region is unmatched and constitutes a paradise for keen outdoors enthusiasts. 

A holiday in the Belgian Ardennes during the summer months is ideal for the practice of activities and sports like river fishing, cycling, golfing, spelunking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, and mountain climbing. During the winter, the snow-capped mountains provide the ideal backdrop for the practice of snow sports, like cross-country skiing, snow scooter racing, or tobogganing. 

At other times of the year, the cities and towns of the Ardenne region offer plentiful opportunities to get immersed in the local culture and to discover the area's rich heritage. Some of the most popular urban attractions include the beautiful fortified city of Namur, and the lively and popular city of Liege.

Main cities of the Belgian Ardennes: Liege, Namur, Bastogne

Main attractions of the Belgian Ardennes: gem-village, the World War II memorial at Bulge, the Hautes Fagnes natural reserve, and the caves near Han-sur-Lesse, Spa. 

Most beautiful villages of the Belgian Ardennes: Dinant, Bouillon, La-Roche-en-Ardennes, Rochefort, Torny.

Food and drinks of Belgian Ardennes

The culinary heritage in the Ardennes is heavily influenced by traditional French, German, and Belgian gastronomy. Hearty stews featuring wild game meat and seasonal produce are typical in this region, and so are charcuterie items (cold meat appetizers), such as jambon d'Ardennes (smoked ham). Pork liver pâté is also a common starter.

  • Cheeses:
    Chaource, Saint-Servais, Wavreumont, Brebis de Wavreumont, Doré de Lathuy, Petit Lathuy, Cru des Fagnes, Bioferme, Li Grand Rossê. Also cottage cheses like full-fat maquee, low-fat maquee, and onion and chives maquee.
  • Beer:
    Leffe, Lupulus (Blond, Dark, Hibernatus, La Fourquette, Magnun Millesime), Chimay, Bush Beer, Cantillon Gueuze, La Chouffe, Kriek (Belle Vue, Mort Subit, Cantillon Lambic), Rochefort, and many many more.
  • Cider:
    Stassen (Bio, Demi-Sec, Doux, Poire), Stella Artois.

 
Other regional specialties include the following: sirop de Liege (a fruit-based jelly spread eaten as a dessert), Liege waffles, couque de Dinat (a honey and wheat flour biscuit), croustillons (deep fried and sweetened dough), tripe sausage, roast rabbit, venison casserole, sliced turbot fillet, vegetable stew, and waterzooi (fish soup).

About

Size: 11.951 square kilometers
Population: approximately 1.850.000 
Provinces: Namur, Liege, Luxembourg
Landscape: Farmlands, green pastures, rolling hills, meandering valleys, rugged mountain scenery, and dense oak forests


Places to stay in Belgian Ardennes

Hostellerie du Peiffeschof

Hostellerie du Peiffeschof

Arlon, Hostellerie du Peiffeschof
Hôtel des Bains & Wellness

Hôtel des Bains & Wellness

Robertville, Hôtel des Bains & Wellness