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Located in the northwest of Wallonia, the Hennuyer plateau comprises the territories of Hainaut on either side of the Haine plain. Like the other silt regions, it has a gentle and uniform relief comprising plains and low plateaus traversed by flat valleys. Only the “Pays des Collines” (Land of Hills, North-East of Tournai) is hillier.

 

Natural heritage

Located in the northwest of Wallonia, the Hennuyer plateau comprises the territories of Hainaut on either side of the Haine plain. Like the other silt regions, it has a gentle and uniform relief comprising plains and low plateaus traversed by flat valleys. Only the “Pays des Collines” (Land of Hills) is hillier.

The landscape of the Hennuyer plateau is organised according to an Openfield model. The region is thus characterised by the almost exclusive presence of crops and the absence of fences around the fields. Most villages are grouped in a non-linear way without any specific arrangement and surrounded by meadows. Others are located at the bottom of more undulating valleys, shaped by the region’s waterways. Beyond this, the landscape consists of large expanses of fields punctuated by a few large, isolated farms. The woodlands areas are located on the steeper slopes with poorer quality soils. This configuration has shaped roads and paths in a star shape, leading from the village centres to the croplands or other villages.

The “Pays de Collines” has yet another type of arrangement. Like the Pays de Herve, it is organised in a bocage, a rare arrangement which is worth a visit. The meadows are surrounded by hedges, and the villages are smaller, with more scattered dwellings.

Heritage buildings

In the villages, you can observe some very characteristic architecture. The dwellings have only one dimension, often without an upper floor, not very deep, with a sloping roof. During the 19th century, the buildings were gradually raised by half a floor and subsequently by a full floor. Outside of the villages, farms of varying sizes mark the landscape. From the “block” house built in one piece to the farm with an enclosed courtyard, the heritage buildings of the Hainaut plateau demonstrate great diversity.

The majority of the houses have a dark red brick and orange tiles, in hearty colours that bring warmth to the landscape. In the north, the houses are nuanced by the whitewash of the masonry, and in the south, by the darker tones of the grey slates and tiles.

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THE ROMANTIC NIGHT

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Experience a magical and romantic night in the heart of our Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia

  • Mirwart

NEW/ Mirwart Castle: hotel - restaurant - event venue

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Are you looking for a place to stay for a weekend, a gastronomic break, an event or a seminar? Then come to the enchanting setting of Mirwart Castle!

  • Falaën

NEW/ Forge-Toi in Falaën

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Opening of a kitchen with character in the beautiful village of Falaën (Onhaye).

  • Crupet

Passeur de Terroir - Crupet

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Marcel Dauwen is a passionate volunteer. For years he has been looking after the "Little Heritage", especially that of Crupet, his favourite village.

  • Aubechies
  • Barbençon
  • Celles
  • Chardeneux
  • Chassepierre
  • Clermont-sur-Berwinne
  • And other villages

NEW/ Welcome to the new website of the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia!

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A new design and new features for our new website! We explain it all to you!

  • Sosoye

"L'eau de vie" de Sosoye, par Norska

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Circuit "Six steps towards Art between Samson and Lesse": "L’eau de vie de Sosoye", imagined and realised by the artist Norska, has just found its place in the heart of the village of Sosoye!

  • Mozet
  • Thon-Samson

Six steps towards art between Samson and Lesse

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Call for projects for the villages of Thon-Samson and Mozet

  • Wéris

The "Four Musical Seasons of the BWV" - Act III: CLASSICAL / WORLD MUSIC CONCERT

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DUO KIASMA (Pierre Fontenelle on cello and Frin Wotter on accordion) will perform works by: Vivaldi - Rameau - Villa-Lobos - Piazzola - Garcia-Fons- Traditional Irish music)

  • Limbourg

Romantic WALK

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Walk of +/- 5Km around the village along roads, paths and meadows

  • Saint-Remy-Geest

The NETWORK of the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia is growing!

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Het dorp SAINT-REMY-GEEST, gelegen in de gemeente JODOIGNE, is toegetreden tot "Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie"!

  • Chassepierre
  • Nobressart
  • Torgny
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ARTISTIC PHOTO CONTEST

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Are you a professional photographer, an enthusiast or just an amateur?
Take part in our first photo competition and showcase the beauty of our region.

  • Aubechies
  • Barbençon
  • Celles
  • Chardeneux
  • Chassepierre
  • Clermont-sur-Berwinne
  • And other villages

CITIZENS' DEBATES ON URBAN SPRAWL!

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Between October and December 2020, the "Arènes du Territoire" were organised by the eight Maisons de l'Urbanisme with the aim of reflecting on the issues affecting Walloon regional planning. 

  • Wéris

Landschappelijke en stedenbouwkundige analyse van het dorp Wéris

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The Houses of Urbanism of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia" and "Famenne-Ardenne" invite you to discover or rediscover the Village of Wéris.

  • Celles
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Easter concert "PHENIX" in Celles

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The association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia proposes, on the airwaves of several local TV stations, a concert recorded in the Collegiate Church of Saint-Hadelin in Celles.

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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.