Durbuy is an enchantment by itself and is fabled as the tiniest town on the face of the Earth. It is, undoubtedly, one of the prettiest towns too. If you’ve always wanted to explore a place that’s a cobweb of cobbled streets and dotted with old stone houses, you’ve probably found the right place to see! Getting around isn’t much of a trouble, either, with an efficient railway system moving about the entirety of Belgium. What do you sight-see, though, while you’re in Durbuy? These eight places will more than do!
1. Topiary Park
This boxwood garden might be nestled in the tiniest township in the world, but it’s the largest of its kind. Take a slow walk on its pathways and admire the 250-odd sculptures that stand prominently across the single hectare (2.47 acres) of land. You would need a maximum of two hours to cover this place, and when you’re done, you can head over to its cafeteria, which has the backdrop of the town and its sights.
Address: Rue de la Haie Himbe 1, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Topiary Park
2. Dolmen Nord de Weris
Ancient ruins are as fascinating as they come when you visit this historic site. Also referred to as the house of Megaliths in Weris, this site was apparently a location where a Neolithic community existed some 5,000 years back. There’s a small museum nearby where you can learn more about Dolmen Nord de Weris. Entrance is a nominal fee.
Dolmen Nord de Weris
Address: Rue des Dolmens 45, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Dolmen nord de Weris (in French)
3. Go kayaking for a change!
If kayaks and canoes are your thing, you should really check out Durbuy Kayaks. You’re guaranteed lots of fun and some spectacular sights. Just remember to bring a change of clothes along. You can even check their available packages online and make your reservation at the same time. Kayaks are in pretty good condition, and despite its river having a slow rhythm to it, you will, at the end of the line, smile as you get off and remove your mandatory life vests.
Address: Rue de Lantigne 1, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Durbuy Kayaks (in Dutch)
4. Old Town of Durbuy
A truly exquisite township that you’ll have to experience for yourself to truly understand what its vibe is all about. Take a slow walk around its cafes and then peek into the castle that looms over the place. You’re double in luck if you get to see its flowers in full bloom. You can speed things up by renting a bike and getting around. Take a short break and people watch or visit the park that’s close to the river Ourthe.
Old Town of Durbuy
Address: Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Old town of Durbuy
5. La Chevrerie d'Orzo
Experience what life is like on a farm at Durbuy at La Chevrerie d'Orzo. For one, you’ll be able to see how goat cheese is made from the get-go, as well as a range of other products. Kids will love the chance to mingle with the animals and even possibly feed the goats. The drive down will give you a picturesque view of Ardennes. The cost to visit the place? No more than one Euro (1.18 USD)! Purchase some of their farm goods before checking out, or if you prefer to stay, ask about the camping regulations!
La Chevrerie d'Orzo
Address: Ozo 25a, Izier, 6941 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: La Chevrerie d'Orzo (in French)
6. Adventure Valley Durbuy
This awesome place for outdoor activities can be enjoyed by kids, teens and even adults too. Things you can enjoy doing here include ziplining, kayaking, and glamping. A word of advice; if you’re taking part in Adventure Valley’s Acrobranches activity, you might want to protect your hands with gloves as it can get rough! As there are quite a number of entries to do in a day, you’d be better off on a pay-as-you-go mode instead of a full-works blue bracelet package.
Adventure Valley Durbuy
Address: Rue Rome 1, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Adventure Valley Durbuy
7. Le Labyrinthe de Barvaux-Durbuy
Fancy finding your way around in a maze? Why not go all out and try one of the biggest mazes in the world for size? They’re so good at constructing natural labyrinths, other countries call in for help and guidance. Set aside a couple of hours as you’ll want to enjoy every bit of it. The only minor drawback would be that some of the clues to get around are in the local language. If you’re feeling quirky, try the maze that’s made out of, well, maize.
Le Labyrinthe de Barvaux-Durbuy
Address: Rue Basse Commene, Barvaux, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Le Labyrinthe de Barvaux-Durbuy
8. Radhadesh: Chateau de Petite Somme
A religious site that is essentially a temple located in a breathtaking valley. Guided tours are available in English and French, and it’ll cost you around 14 Euros (16.5 USD) to explore the entire site. The price includes complimentary cookies from the local bakery and an entry into the museum too. Entrance to the place itself is free of charge. If you’re up for it, there are yoga classes every morning and evening too!
Radhadesh: Chateau de Petite Somme
Address: Petite Somme 5, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Website: Radhadesh - Chateau de Petite Somme
The wrap up
Yes, Durbuy is indeed an unexpected turn in Belgium. Who would’ve known that it nestled a fantastic maze theme park and a Hare Krishna temple within its territories? Drop by soon and explore the many nooks and corners of the city. It might wind you down at the end of the trip, but it’ll be worth every sight!
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