Bouillon Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by rosequartzlover1
  • Things to Do
    by rosequartzlover1
  • Things to Do
    by rosequartzlover1

Bouillon Things to Do

  • Birds of Prey show at Bouillon castle.

    I wanted to write a little bit more about detail of the birds of prey they show here.1.It’s another kind of owl,I think it is “Great Horned Owl” The body length is about 45-62 cm. and wingspan is up to 150 cm. They are referred to as “the tiger of the sky” because of their keen hunting skills and their ability to capture a wide variety of prey...

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  • Bouillon Castle

    The castle opening time is from 10.00 and closing time is about 5-7 pm depends on season,in high summer month in july and august it close at 7pm.Ticket price for adult = 6.50 €,senior =6 €,student and children = 4.50 € Audio guides are available for2 € .The falconry with birds of prey show is included.There is night visit with the torch-lit as...

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  • Birds of Prey show at Bouillon castle.

    Besides a visit of the castle,you can enjoy at specific times an interactive show with the birds of prey.The performance will be at the castle’s courtyard where you can have a seat.The falconer will come to you with owls, eagles, hawks, vultures and, of course, falcons.He will tell a lot of their habits and lets the raptors show you amazing...

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  • Bouillon Castle

    Bouillon Castle interior..The castle is situated on a rocky spur of land within a sharp bend of the Semois River.It’s size is really immense but I wondered a little bit about the interior...,while the whole castle from outside is so huge but most rooms inside is so small,how did they live in such tiny rooms like that.Some places are really small...

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  • Bouillon Castle

    The main attraction in Bouillon is to visit enormous medieval castle which used to owned by the notorious Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, leader of the first crusade.The castle-fortress of Bouillon, is one of the most ancient and interesting remains of feudalism in Belgium .It’s not known exactly when the first castle was built on this site ,but...

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  • Boat paddling.

    In summer …there will be many activities around town..we can paddle a boat on the river “ La Semois”. There are many cute and colourful boats with many style of animal mascot ,..from ..swans, flamingos, ducks, and dragon. They have boat for family which has 6 seats with fabric roof.They also have boat for single and couple as well.They provide some...

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  • Tourist train ride

    I heard that they have a small city train too.I myself call this kind of train " Choo Choo train" .I didn’t see it because I was there during weekday and no service on weekday at that moment.The service is run from 1 mar-30 jun on weekend and special holiday.And open every day from 1 july to 31august.And from 1 sep -15 nov run only weekend and...

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  • Walking around town

    Bouillon a municipality in Belgium lies in the country's Walloon Region and Luxembourg Province.It sits on the bank of Semois river whose total length is about 210 km.. The source of the Semois is in Arlon which is also in the Belgian province of Luxembourg, close to the border with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Flowing in a roughly westerly...

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  • Chateau de Bouillon falconry display

    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.

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Bouillon Hotels

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  • Panorama Hotel

    25 rue au-dessus de la ville, Bouillon, B-6830, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Cosy

    23, rue Au-dessus de la Ville, (formerly Auberge du Panorama), Bouillon, 6830, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Auberge de Jeunesse de Bouillon

    On the way from the Netherlands to France and back we stayed overnight in this youth hostel. No...

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Bouillon Restaurants

  • Breakfast buffet.

    There are some hotels in Bouillon that charged the room price with the breakfast included ,and some hotels we have to pay extra for breakfast like Hotel relais godefroy.I pay 5 euro extra for breakfast in this hotel and it's not disappointed.There are variety of bread..baguette,toast and croissant with some jam,butter,cheese spread,peanut butter...

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  • Buffet barbecue.

    In front of Hotel Relais Godefroy..right by the river..is the buffet barbecue area.If you like barbecue with a good and quiet atmosphere by the river..this is the place..The price is 12 euro/adult and 10 euro for children.They have varieties of meat ..sausages ,bacon,ribs and more...I stayed there only 1 night and I prefer to have something else...

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  • Small, family run restaurant

    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...

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  • A list of restaurants and Trout Festival

    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...

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  • A beer and a hot chocolate

    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...

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  • A wonderful Easter dinner

    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...

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Bouillon Transportation

  • To get to Bouillon from Brussels.

    To get to Bouillon ..I went there by car by taking the E411 (Brussels-Namur-Luxembourg) and change for the N89 at exit 25, about halfway between Namur and Luxembourg. Bouillon sits just at the French border, a few kilometres from the French town of Sedan.I didn’t go straight to Bouillon immediately but after N89 we made a little detour on N 819 - N...

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  • Walking up to the fortress

    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...

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  • Little tourists train

    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,...

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Bouillon Shopping

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    by ATLC Written Sep 24, 2010

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    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).

    Shopping for knives, Bouillon Shopping for knives, Bouillon
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Bouillon Local Customs

  • The feast of Saint Eloi

    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...

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  • Ardennes ham and sausages

    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...

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Bouillon Warnings and Dangers

  • Wear sturdy shoes

    The fortress is a large complex and you can walk just about everywhere. But beware, there are many steep steps and low corridors that are dark. It can be slippery in a lot of places.Do wear good shoes!

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  • Safe photography

    Of course you should also NOT risk your life for the perfect photo. That fence did not look very solid to me. Trust me: it's a looong way down! You'd think, once the kiddos have grown up, you wouldn't have to run after them all the time. Goes to show!

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  • When in the fortress, don't get into...

    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)

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Bouillon Off The Beaten Path

  • Canoeing

    Canoeing on the river Semois - 'Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees, Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop, But there is no water' (T.S. Eliot)

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  • Explore the region

    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...

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  • Church of Sainte Eloi

    It's not that it is the nicest church we ever saw. But we were lured by the carillon, as always. So we went to have a look on coming down from the fortress anyway.We saw a parish church, not necessarily very impressive but nice nonetheless.

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Bouillon Sports & Outdoors

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    by ATLC Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    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.

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Bouillon Favorites

  • Tourist office

    The tourist office is on the east side of the river Semois. In the photo it is the glass building in the middle saying 'Maison du Tourisme'.The details are:Address: Quai des saulx 12, BouillonTel.: +32 61465211www.bouillon-tourisme.beinfo@bouillon-tourisme.be

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  • Beautiful city to walk along the river...

    Bouillon, a small city along the river Semois some where in the Province of Luxembourg.It's castle, it little shops, the relaxed atmosphere, local pubs and tea rooms and the splendid colours in Autumn ....An excellent afternoon trip for the family.

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