Get back to nature go walk in the wood, take a canoe trip down the river. Walk up to the old castle ruins.
The remainings of the castle at Herbeumont still showing the borderies of the rooms, the outer walls. The castle dominates the village, pieking out above it.
It was build in 1268 but destroyed in 1657 by King Louis XIV.
It was covered up for year with earth and plants, but recently the national archeological organisation started to open it up again.
Nowadays you can visit it again.
Recently they have planted pancartes with explanation (French/Dutch) about the different purposes of rooms and locations.
From above you have a marvelous outlook at the curls of the river Semois, sparkling like a jewel in the sunshine.
Les Fourches, Herbeumont, 6887, BE
At the La Renaissance Hotel you can have some nice local meals in the restaurant Le Javidin.
It might look not too big on the outside but inside it has a huge eating place and when the weather permits, then there is a huge garden you can sit in.
You don't need to eat, you also can sit on the open or covered terrace, in front or in the garden
Favorite Dish: When we were there we took a fixed dinner for 21 Euro.
We got soup, wild boar stew with potatoe croquettes and vegetables. We ended up with the dessert of the day.
When we visited Herbeumont we went to this pub/restaurant/hotel for a drink after our morning walk.
Looking at the menu card, we decided to come back later that same evening after our trip to Bouillon.
We wanted to taste wild boar and so did our visitors.
Here we are facing our dessert!
We had so much we could only eat half of it!
Favorite Dish: Try the local menu.
In Autumn and Winter you should eat wild boar or anything that is shot in the local woods, how more local can it be?!
Be careful in the hunting season: some parts of the woods are closed to public then.
Usually it is marked at the borders, but most probably it will be in French. Just see if it got some numbers on it indicating a date, it is most likely the date of the hunting.
Stay out then!
This picture shows a hiding place of the hunter. The drivers will chase the animals in front of them towards the hiding spots of the hunters. Out of view they have an advantage to suprise the animals and shoot them
Most of the hunted deers and wild boars are for local consumptions.
A sign on one of the spots where you can get your boat in the water.
Read careful the instructions wheter it is allowed to canoe and when.
This is the touristic centre of the village.
Here you find restaurants, hotels, pubs.
In front of you, in cottage style, you can notice the La Renaissance Hotel, mentionned in one of the accomodation tips
Fondest memory: It is small, it is beautiful, and all seasons have their charm!
Just outside the centre, leading up the hill, there is a path that will take you to the remainings of an old Middle aged castle.
From that point you have a wonderful outlook on the river Semois and the surrounding area.
Nearby, huged by the meander of the river lies a huge grassland that is used by the boyscouts as a regular camping place for Summer holidays.
At the centre of the village you will find this general public map.
However... don't hesitate to get yourself a real detailed map to take with you... the woods are marvelous to hike through!
Fondest memory: Nature!