The Ardennes

Well worth the 1km detour if you're driving between Eupen and Verviers (turn south at Dolhain), Limbourg is one of Belgium's most delightful historic villages.

It is raised on a promontory with a long, roughly cobbled central square lined by picturesque houses including a superb old-world brasserie-cafe facing the former town hall, which now hosts an art gallery featuring a model of medieval Limbourg as it looked when it was a fully fortified citadel.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Ardennes attractions

2. Place du Marché

3.46 MILES

Vervier's most attractive square is dominated by a stately town hall, with cobbled Mont du Moulin descending photogenically past ivy-draped and half…


4.07 MILES

It's worth checking the exhibition schedule to see what's showing at this forward-thinking little museum of contemporary art. It's tucked incongruously…

5. Pfarrkirche Sankt Nikolaus

4.24 MILES

The 1726 church of St Nicholas is Eupen's visual centrepiece, thanks to iconic twin spires with copper cladding that were added in an 1898 makeover. The…

6. La Chocolaterie Darcis

4.29 MILES

Playing a 21st-century Willy Wonka, one of Belgium’s foremost chocolatiers has turned his modern factory into a superb interactive museum experience. Walk…

7. Parliament

4.63 MILES

Since 2013 the parliament for Belgium's German-speaking region has occupied a heavily refurbished former sanatorium building, originally dating from 1918…

8. Val-Dieu

8.42 MILES

Iridescent dragonflies dart and hover over Monet-worthy lake scenes in the gloriously landscaped parkland of this historic rural abbey complex, dotted…