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Heritage treasures in the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia

The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia, 31 unique places of emotion! Between the cobbled squares, the narrow streets nestling in the heart of the villages, the old tobacco drying sheds or old mills, from fortresses to farm castles and other chapels, every nook and cranny is preserved to keep intact the centuries of history that can be read in the stones.

Aficionados of architecture or outstanding heritage? Looking for an excursion or an outing in Wallonia? Go on a discovery tour of the most beautiful treasures of the rural heritage treasures that Wallonia and our Beautiful Villages have to offer!

 

Hennuyer silt plateau

Montignies-Sur-Roc, the pearl of the Haut-Pays, is centred around a beautifully wooded square lined with “Tournai-style” houses. An old mill and a castle can be discovered during a leisurely stroll in the heart of this village, which is crossed by an ancient Roman road.

Place Fulgence Masson à Montignies-sur-Roc Place Fulgence Masson à Montignies-sur-Roc © Grégory Mathelot

Ragnies promises beautiful discoveries in a rural setting, starting with its Romanesque church, the Semal Castle, the Spanish House and the presence of large farms combining stone and brick. Nearby, you can admire the mysterious ruins of the Aulne Abbey and the hanging gardens of Thuin.

Grosses fermes à Ragnies Ferme de la Cour à Ragnies © Rita photographie

Hesbaye

Head towards Hesbaye and Mélin, with its Gobertange stone buildings. In the middle of the fields, the Hesserée farm, the Cense du Seigneur, the Fortemps farm and the Tilleul farm are all imposing buildings, reminders of a flourishing seigneurial era. Outside the village, the Ramée abbey and the Wahenge farm are part of the Exceptional Heritage of Wallonia.

Ferme de la Hesserée à Mélin

Ferme de la Hesserée à Mélin © Christian Collet

 

Condroz

The Namur Condroz hasn’t been left out! The heart of Celles is brimming with architectural treasures: the collegiate church of Saint-Hadelin, a true masterpiece of Romanesque art, and the hermitage of Saint-Hadelin, which can be reached by way of the cross. Standing on the heights of the village, the view from here is worth the detour! And two kilometres away, don’t forget to visit the Castle of Vêves. Straight out of a fairy tale and considered one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Belgium, it has dominated the valley for almost 800 years!

Architecture Celles en CondrozCelles © Mark Rossignol

As you walk through the streets of Chardeneux, you will be charmed by the traditional limestone houses, the Romanesque chapel and the old laundry bridge. Not far from there, the listed architectural complex of Vervoz is also worth a visit!

Habitat traditionnel à ChardeneuxHabitat traditionnel à Chardeneux © Rita photographie

Bordered by streams, the village of Crupet is a jewel that will most certainly seduce you! The traditional facades, the old mills, the courtyard entrances, the gardens… so many features that give it its picturesque charm. Discover the majestic medieval fortified manor house that stands proudly in the middle of its body of water, the Saint-Martin church or the amazing artificial cave dedicated to Saint-Antoine de Padoue!

Maison forte de Crupet sous la neigeMaison forte de Crupet © Bernard Dacier

In the heart of a valley landscape, Falaën reveals an architectural heritage dominated by the imposing silhouette of its 17th-century castle farm. About 3 km away, don’t miss the tour of the ruins of the Château de Montaigle. This former 14th-century count’s residence on its rocky spur is listed as an exceptional heritage site in Wallonia.

Château-ferme de FalaënChâteau-ferme de Falaën

In Mozet, the heart of the village is listed as an Architectural Ensemble, meaning that the traditional heritage has been preserved. The Royer Farm, with its mighty listed tower from 1614 and the Douxflamme Farm, are reminders of the seigneurial era. Nearby, you can discover the Mozet Castle, the Sainte-Marie Mount or the Basseille Farm.

Ancien presbytère de MozetMozet © Yoshimura

Surrounded by green countryside, the village of Thon-Samson has kept all its charm. A stroll along its winding streets will reveal its remarkable limestone heritage, magnificent castle farm, old presbytery, traditional houses, the forge castle and the old Samson fortress.

Château-ferme de Thon Château-ferme de Thon © Aurélie Ducroze

Land of Herve

Clermont-sur-Berwinne is home to some architectural gems in the heart of the Herve bocages. Surrounding the church of Saint-Jacques le Majeur, the famous Place de la Halle and the magnificent 19th-century Town Hall, you can find a mixture of different architectural styles marked over the centuries. Don’t miss the Crawhez castle, the Aguesse castle farm and the Val Dieu Abbey outside the village!

Place de la Halle à Clermont-sur-Berwinne

Place de la Halle à Clermont-sur-Berwinne © Mark Rossignol

Capital of the former Duchy of Limbourg, the village of Limbourg was a reputedly impregnable fortress! The historic centre of Wallonia is an exceptional heritage site, brimming with listed monuments and witness to a heritage that takes you back to the Middle Ages, such as the Gothic church of Saint-Georges, the former court of justice (Arvô) and the castle of Andrimont. Take a stroll through the beautiful Place Saint-Georges or wander through the narrow streets and the city walls of bygone days.

Limbourg

Limbourg © Black Box Photo

The beautiful narrow streets of Soiron are full of preserved traditional housing. In the centre of the village, discover the imposing Saint-Roch church, the former presbytery, the castle or even a high building, strangely pierced with 160 holes, a witness to the once flourishing cloth industry in the region. Not far away, you can admire the castle of Sclassin.

Bâti traditionnel à Soiron

Bâti traditionnel à Soiron

 

Fagne-Famenne

With its ancient fortress and castle proudly reflected in the lake, Barbençon will seduce you! The houses in the historic centre form a remarkable ensemble of uniformity. Marvel at the Saint-Lambert Church and the many historic farms, such as the Perruque Farm, which will take you back to bygone days; a little leap into the past made possible by the old views on display in the village!

Ferme à Barbençon

Ferme à Barbençon ©  Aurélie Ducroze

In Ny, the components are intertwined: the stone of the houses is combined with the water of the fountains and the old water mill. There, you will see traditional architecture dominated by a neo-Gothic church and an imposing listed castle-farm.

Ny

Ny © Mark Rossignol

On the borders of the Famenne and Ardennes regions, Sohier runs along a wide street lined with traditional houses in a landscape dominated by the imposing silhouette of a remarkable castle, surrounded by its pleasant woodland park.

Rue traditionnelle à Sohier

Sohier © Rita Photographie

The little village of Soulme has about 50 limestone houses, typical of the region. Discover the church of Saint-Colombe, a pretty mill nestled in a rural setting, and the old views of the village, which allow you to immerse yourself in the village’s past.

Soulme en Fagne-Famenne

Soulme © Yoshimura

The majestic castle of the Counts of Hamal stands proudly in the wooded landscape of Vierves-sur-Viroin. There, you can admire a listed washhouse and an impressive neoclassical mausoleum in the nearby cemetery. Emblematic buildings and panoramas are captured on canvas thanks to old views installed in the community!

Château des Comtes de Hamal à Vierves-sur-Viroin

Château des Comtes de Hamal à Vierves-sur-Viroin

In the centre of the village of Wéris, you can see the Romanesque church of Sainte-Walburge, surrounded by stone and timber-framed houses. And in the surrounding countryside, you can expect to make an incredible discovery: megalithic structures dating back to the first half of the 3rd millennium BC! Listed as an exceptional heritage site of Wallonia, it is the best-preserved site in Wallonia!

Habitat traditionnel à Wéris

Wéris © Mark Rossignol

Ardennes

In the heart of the authentic Ardennes, Gros-Fays will charm you with its limestone houses, 16th-century castle farm and the old views that adorn the traditional streets.

Habitat traditionnel à Gros-Fays

Gros-Fays © Rita photographie

Nestled in the middle of the woods, the charming village of Laforêt still has its facilities from the past, its drinking troughs, washhouses and tobacco drying sheds, reminders of an activity that made the region rich and whose wooden skeletons still stand out proudly! The little limestone farms are clustered around the church of Sainte-Agathe. On sunny days, a wooden bridge, the famous “Pont de Claies”, lays over the Semois at the foot of the village.

Ancien séchoir à tabac à Laforêt

Ancien séchoir à tabac à Laforêt © Rita photographie

Mirwart is home to farms and smallholdings with traditional features: half-timbered houses, old stones and bricks. At the end of the main street, an imposing castle dating back to the 11th century stands out, and on the outskirts of the village, an old mill. During a walk in the state-owned forest, you will make an unusual discovery: an icehouse. This ancient icehouse dates back to the 19th century!

Habitat traditionnel à Mirwart

Habitat traditionnel à Mirwart © Rita photographie

Lorraine

Nobressart retains some fine examples of traditional housing in the Belgian Lorraine region. The facades covered with light-coloured plaster typical of the region emit an impression of softness. As you stroll through the village, you will come across an old imperial mill, a school and a former community house, as well as various farms and old washhouses.

Nobressart

Nobressart © Rita photographie

Discover the traditional heritage of the village as you wander through the streets of Torgny: washhouses, potteries and an ancient hermitage. Not far from there, located on the top of a hill, the ruins of the castle of Montquintin are also worth a visit! For lovers of authenticity!

Ferme classée à Torgny

Torgny © Rita photographie

43 Walks Heritage treasures

Condroz
  • Celles
ermitage Saint Hadelin Celles

Celles: in the footsteps of Saint-Hadelin

Long hikes

Nestled in the valley of the Saint-Hadelin stream, Celles is an authentic pearl of the Namur Condroz.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Wéris

Wéris: land and stones of legends

Short walks

On the edge of the Fagne-Famenne region, the high wooded slopes unfold a village with a traditional silhouette in a gently undulating landscape of farmland and meadows.

Hesbaye
  • Mélin

Mélin: fields & a white village

Long hikes

A short distance from Jodoigne, Mélin is hidden in a hilly agricultural landscape bordered by woods.

Land of Herve
  • Soiron

Soiron: in the land of thistles

Short walks

A green refuge of groves, orchards and grasslands in the hollow of a valley watered by the clear waters of the Bola, Soiron is discreet but not forgotten.

Condroz
  • Celles
Architecture Celles en Condroz

Celles: on the tracks of Saint-Hadelin

Short walks

Welcome to the footsteps of Saint-Hadelin, to Celles, in the Namur Condroz.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Ny

Ny: stones and fountains

Short walks

Nestled in the heart of a wide valley with wooded ridges and two streams, the village subtly blends stone and water.

Hennuyer silty plateau
  • Ragnies

Ragnies: a farm at every bend

Short walks

Not far from Thuin, bordered to the south by the Bois du Luiseul and to the north by the Bois des Agaises, Ragnies stretches along the Marais stream.

Condroz
  • Falaën

Falaën : between Meuse and Molignée

Short walks

At the edge of a gently undulating landscape enhanced by the ruins of the Montaigle castle, Falaën and the beautiful diversity of its monumental, scenic, and cultural heritage can be discovered.

Condroz
  • Crupet
Crupet under the snow

Crupet: at the whim of its windmills

Short walks

In the hollow of the narrow valley of the Crupet and its tributaries, the modest beauty of the stone houses, gracefully nestled in a peaceful and undulating environment, will charm your visual senses.

Fagne-Famenne Hennuyer silty plateau
  • Barbençon
  • Lompret
  • Ragnies
  • Soulme
  • Vierves-sur-Viroin
Pays des Lacs

Discovery Tour: in the Land of Lakes

Itineraries

Discover the beautiful villages in the Land of Lakes! Over a distance of about 100 km, this tour reveals the beauty of the 5 Beautiful Villages in the region.

Hennuyer silty plateau
  • Ragnies
Ferme de la Cour à Ragnies

Ragnies: around the countryside

Long hikes

The beautiful village of Ragnies stands out in the countryside with names like Blanchamps, Cocriamont, Gravelotte and Champs du Marais.

Lorraine
  • Chassepierre
Chassepierre

Chassepierre: when the Semois takes centre stage 

Short walks

Chassepierre most likely owes its name to the two Latin words "Casa Petra, " meaning "house of stone".

Land of Herve
  • Clermont-sur-Berwinne
  • Limbourg
  • Olne
  • Soiron
Barbançon

Unusual tour: In the heart of the Pays de Herve and Vesdre

Itineraries

As you travel through the Pays de Herve and Vesdre, explore the landscapes and the remarkable built heritage of the region's 4 beautiful villages.

Condroz
  • Mozet
Mozet village Wallonie

Mozet: nature to be discovered

Long hikes

Mozet is nestled in a green setting in the hollows of the Condroz hills.

Condroz
  • Falaën

Falaën: castles, rocks & rivers

Long hikes

Near Maredsous and the Molignée valley, Falaën reveals its limestone habitat from which emerge the church tower and the three high towers of the castle farm.

Ardennes
  • Our
Eglise Saint-Laurent à Our

Our: a land of traditions and future

Short walks

The village nestles in the hollow of the Our valley, gently eroded over time.

Hesbaye
  • Mélin

MELIN : the white village

Short walks

Nestled in a gently undulating agricultural landscape bordered by woods, the town plays the role of a flirt.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Vierves-sur-Viroin
Château des comtes de Hamal à Vierves-sur-Viroin

Vierves-sur-Viroin: a meeting with nature

Short walks

From the heights, your eye zooms in on the village and the castle of the Counts of Hamal.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Soulme
Soulme paysage

Soulme: timeless nature and heritage

Long hikes

On the borders of the Fagne-Famenne region of Namur, Soulme reveals itself to the most adventurous.

Ardennes
  • Laforêt
laforet

Laforêt: a village of mysteries and legends

Short walks

Laforêt, an Ardennes village in the commune of Vresse-sur-Semois, is situated on the left bank of the Semois.

Fagne-Famenne
  • My
My ferme-château Wibin-Gillard

My: a little nugget between Ardenne and Condroz

Short walks

Reminiscent of a very powerful lordship, the locality is mentioned as early as 874.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Vierves-sur-Viroin
Vierves-sur-Viroin

Vierves-sur-Viroin: a meeting with nature

Long hikes

On the banks of a river, Vierves-sur-Viroin is embellished by the green meadows and limestone hills surrounding it.

Condroz
  • Chardeneux
Chardeneux

Chardeneux: welcome to the real Condroz!

Long hikes

Go and meet the "Real Condroz" by discovering the delicate village of Chardeneux!

Land of Herve
  • Clermont-sur-Berwinne

Clermont-sur-Berwinne: in the heart of the Pays de Herve

Short walks

Dear visitors, as you look out over Clermont from its 17th-century church, don't you get dizzy at the sight of all those pretty weather vanes in the sky?

Hesbaye
  • Saint-Remy-Geest

Saint-Remy-Geest: in the white country

Short walks

In the image of its neighbour Mélin, Saint-Remy-Geest has a white glow throughout its streets and alleys.

Land of Herve
  • Limbourg

Limbourg: unspoilt nature, and an exceptional heritage

Short walks

The former capital of the former Duchy of Limbourg, Limbourg is unique because of its strategic position on the banks of the Vesdre, between the Herve bocage and the Ardennes massif.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Wéris

Wéris: stones of legends

Long hikes

An enchanting walk to discover the superb megalithic monuments, which form the core of the folklore of the most beautiful village of Wéris.

Lorraine
  • Nobressart

Nobressart: between fairytale and witchcraft...

Short walks

In the heart of an amphitheatre-like valley, in a gentle landscape, Nobressart appears.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Ny

Ny: along the Isbelle valley

Long hikes

Ny owes its beauty to the subtle combination of stone and water.

Land of Herve
  • Soiron

Soiron: a green cauldron of bocage

Long hikes

An undulating refuge of grassland and orchards sprinkled with hedgerows, Soiron sits in the cosy nest of a valley shaped by the clear waters of the Bola.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Barbençon
credits to Rita Van De Walle

Barbençon: land of emotion and age-old stone

Short walks

The birthplace of the Lords of Barbençon, the village was renowned for its glass and marble work.

Condroz
  • Thon-Samson

Thon-Samson: perched on the hills

Long hikes

In the Namur Condroz, the village of Thon-Samson is set in a shimmering landscape overlooking the valleys of the Meuse and the Samson.

Ardennes
  • Mirwart

Mirwart: immense greenery

Long hikes

Nature lovers will enjoy the vast forests surrounding the village of Mirwart.

Land of Herve
  • Limbourg

Limbourg: from the Place Forte to the Nez de Napoleon

Long hikes

From its rocky promontory, the capital of the former Duchy of Limbourg, the former stronghold of Limbourg, overlooks the narrow meander of the Vesdre.

Condroz
  • Crupet

Crupet: woods and valleys around Crupet

Long hikes

Crupet flourishes in a tumultuous relief shaped by several streams running down its peaks.

Ardennes
  • Mirwart
MIRWART

Mirwart: a castle surrounded by greenery

Short walks

Mirwart is a small picturesque village that time seems to have spared.

Lorraine
  • Torgny
TORGNY

Torgny: a village with southern colours

Short walks

A southern village in Lorraine, Torgny is protected from the northern breezes by the surrounding forest.

Fagne-Famenne
  • Barbençon
Lac et château de Barbençon

Barbençon: at the foot of its lake

Long hikes

A land of history, the life of the village is inseparable from the seigneury of Barbençon.

Fagne-Famenne
  • My
Frondaison à My

My: through the Famenne region

Long hikes

In the Famenne region of Liège, the peaceful village of My will delight heritage lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Condroz
  • Mozet
Bâti condruzien à Mozet

Mozet: yesterday's land, today's stone

Short walks

Mozet is surrounded by greenery: meadows, groves and gardens surround this charming little village with a medieval feel.

Land of Herve
  • Olne

Olne: a gourmet destination

Short walks

In the depths of a landscape combining the gentleness of the Pays de Herve with the diversity of the Ardennes mountains, only the slate-coloured spire of the church betrays the presence of Olne!

Condroz
  • Thon-Samson
Château-ferme de Thon

Thon-Samson: from the top of its hills

Short walks

Historically distinguished, Thon and Samson are now united in a dual locality asserting its Condroz identity.

Land of Herve
  • Clermont-sur-Berwinne
Paysage de bocage à Olne

Clermont-sur-Berwinne: Berwinne hillsides & springs

Long hikes

In Clermont, you can plunge into the unique landscape of the Pays de Herve with both feet.

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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.