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The must-sees

  • Castle of the Counts of Hamal: The old fortress of medieval origin was restructured into a classical style castle – Private property
  • Old washhouse (19th c.): A covered building that used to provide a place for village women to wash and rinse their clothes in all seasons – Listed monument
  • Mausoleum: Built in 1906, an imposing octagonal building in the centre of the cemetery housing the owners of the castle
  • Ancient views of village life: Boards installed in the village with photos of life in the past
  • Interpretive tour: Discovery tour of the village with educational boards (Starting point: In front of the church)
  • Limestone lawns (viewpoints): Sites of exceptional biodiversity made up of rare species, of which several sub-Mediterranean species


A village steeped in history

The village exudes a Mediterranean atmosphere. The small, densely built streets cascading down the hillside give it that sunny touch. The Viroin, a calm and clear stream, flows through the village and winds around the green meadows at the edge of the gardens. The stone houses are nestled at the foot of the majestic castle of the Counts of Hamal. Remodelled over the centuries, it is mainly in the classical style. Its former owners had an impressive neoclassical mausoleum erected in the village cemetery. The church of Saints Rufin and Valère, as well as the covered washhouse dating from the 19th century, add charm to the built-up area.

On the outskirts of the village, a distinctive landscape emerges; calcareous grasslands with very interesting fauna and flora. The former sheep grazing land was overgrown in the early 20th century and is now the subject of restoration projects. A steam train is the region’s highlight, allowing you to discover this unique decor. It links Mariembourg to Treignes and passes through the village. Vierves is also famous for its carnival, an authentic regional folkloric event.

Maison du Tourisme Pays des Lacs
Route de la Plate-Taille, 99
6440 Boussu-Lez-Walcourt
Tél.  : +32(0)71/ 14 34 83
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Office du Tourisme de Viroinval
Rue Vieille Eglise, 5
5670   Nismes
Tél. : + 32 (0)60/ 31 16 35
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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 32 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.

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