History, sports, cuisine
For me - a massive cold and cough!
Beautiful and relaxing
The highlight of the visit for me was the falconry display even though the whole show was in French. The trainer gives a presentation with a variety of birds-hawks, falcons, owls, vultures. The birds are stunning to see close up, they are trained to fly right over the heads of the audience.more
The Chateau de Bouillon was home to Duke Godefroy de Bouillon until he mortgaged the chateau to raise funds for the First Crusade. The Chateau then passed to the prince-bishops of Liège until the 15th century after which is changed hands many times.Our visit to the Chateau was self guided, there are numbers around the chateau that help direct you...more
The 'Parc Animalier' is just outside Bouillon on the west side. It has 60 different kinds of animals, a large playground and a large restaurant. You can watch the animals along a 2 km long route.Looks like a nice thing to do with young children!The park is open all year round from 9.30 to 19 hrs in summer and until 17 hrs in winter.Entrance fees...more
While you are at the fortress, you may hit upon the 'ballet of birds of prey'. It's a half funny 20 minute show in French and Flemish/Dutch in the central court yard. There are 4 shows per day usually, in high season.The birds live in the court yard in their individual cages. Even outside the shows you can admire them there.The show is free (you...more
Canoeing (or kayaking) is a very popular sport in the Belgian Ardennes. You can rent canoes just about anywhere. In Bouillon too, of course!The sign points you to the spot on the river side, just opposite hotel Porte de France (where we stayed).There's plenty of fast moving water in the river Semois, so it should be fun!more
The huge fortress at Bouillon looms above the town, almost the full length of the town!Your visit will take about 2-3 hours.Definitely fun for children too!Of course you should check the website (tourist office), but here are the details for 2010:Entrance fees: 5.90 euro (adults), 4 euro (children 12 yrs).Night visits (including burning torch):...more
23, rue Au-dessus de la Ville, (formerly Auberge du Panorama), Bouillon, 6830, Belgium
Good for: Families
25 rue au-dessus de la ville, Bouillon, B-6830, Belgium
Good for: Families
Let me first say I didn't stay at this hotel. After we had arrived in Bouillon and had checked in...more
These people enjoy running their restaurant. Maman behind the stove and papa front-of-house. All warmth and smiles. One of us enjoyed a 3-course meal at 25 euro. I had a terrine (9 euro, see photo) and a big portion of boiled mussels with garlic (Belgian speciality) for 19 euro.Two small ice creams, coffee, 1/2 litre red wine, 2 softdrinks, an...more
There are a great many restaurants in Bouillon. A selection of those in Bouillon and nearby are on the website (link below). April had 2 weeks of Trout Festival. Each restaurant offered its trout specialities at a special price.As you can see in the photo:-Trout with almonds-Trout the Ardennes way (with bacon and mushrooms)-Trout with Chablis wine...more
After a long day of sightseeing at the castle and tramping up and down the little town, it was time for a beer (and a hot chocolate for me).We just sat down on the pavement and only when writing this tip I noticed it is also a hotel/restaurant. They also make and sell icecream (hence the 'glacier'). The Rochefort is a strong beer that comes in...more
We arrived on Easter Sunday in the afternoon and had made no reservations for dinner. When we checked in, we were asked if we wanted dinner at the hotel. Feeling adventurous, we said yes. There was a special Easter menu which turned out to be rather grand. Well, except for dessert. Let's just say that wasn't one of chef's strengths.We thought the...more
Except the view on the kastel, which was nice, everything else was awfull. We have been waiting very long before being able to order, and then before we received the first plate. We ordered some mussels and french fries, they were not well prepared, not cleaned before cooking, and not sorted (some were smelling very bad). The plates were absolutly...more
I have been to a lot of restaurants but never had this kind of sh*t on my plate:- Sand in salad (they said it was pepper .. dohh)- Hair in my mussels- Shrimp croquette and French fries made in the microwave- And on top of that glass!!! between my French friesWe didn't eat anything .. we only paid the drinks .. He was even threatening us when we...more
It was a little bit steep but not really very far to climb from the town up to the fortress. I think it took us 30 minutes or so from our hotel.But we did take a sort of short cut because our hotel was at the far south side of the fortress and the fortress entrance is up the hill on the north side. We walked along the Quai du Rempart from the...more
The tourists train rides every weekend from Easter until 11/11 (weather permitting).And also every day in July and August.The schedules are on signs on the bridges calles Point de Liège and Pont de France and also on the Esplanade Godefroy (which is the entrance to the fortress).What you get is a 40 minute ride with 3 lookouts along 7 kilometres,...more
42 Reviews and Opinions
People in this region hunt and have use of good knives. So they can be easily bought here.
Some of these knives are forbidden in my country.
I don't have a particular address but this little shop (selling anything from tobacco to toys to fishing apparel) is on the Quai du Rempart (which is along the river).
In the church of St Eloi I was looking at some photos of a procession. It is for St Eloi, the patron saint of the old metal workers of Bouillon. The tradition seems to be many centuries old but it was only in 1879 that the first procession was held. During the procession the hallowed bread of St. Eloi is carried around.The development of the metal...more
Hams and sausages are THE speciality of the Ardennes. It's an absolute joy to sample the hams and sausages on a picnic, with some fresh bread or without anything at all (eh, a beer or wine would be nice).A 'pipe' for instance is a thin and long Ardenne sausage that's perfect for munching while on a walk. Just when you're feeling peckish!Since...more
Or (photo 1) you'll end up in a cell, you will! Or (photo 2) possibly you will be stretched on a nasty machine for punishment. Or maybe you'll be thrown in a dungeon (photo 3) with just one small opening 6 metres above your head. And if you've been really bad, you may be hung from the outside wall (photo 4)more
Bouillon lies in the beautiful region: the province of Luxembourg. Mind you, that is the name of the province, which is not the same as the nearby principality Luxembourg.The province has many (listed) natural areas, woods, hills, caves. Charming villages, many museums and sporting activities.You can use Googlemaps to locate yourself but VT has a...more
There's a karting track just outside Bouillon on the east side of the river. You drive through and out of town, a road that goes up and up...
We drove up since we were curious to see the view of the castle from the other side of the river but we ended up watching young people go-karting too!
More information and photos on the website below.
Equipment: There are also special karts for small children up to 1.20 metres.