La Roche-en-Ardenne Things to Do

  • Overview at the Place du Bronze.
    Overview at the Place du Bronze.
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  • A river crossing the city center.
    A river crossing the city center.
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  • The main square and its castle.
    The main square and its castle.
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    American tank

    by MATIM Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    On the parking place "Quai de LÓurthe"you will find an American tank. It is a tankPersching M46. It symbolizes the second liberation of the town in 1945. The Army gave the tank to La Roche in 1990.
    On the top of the hill above La Roche there is a british tank .

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    The feudal castle

    by himalia11 Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    Inside the castle of La Roche

    The castle was probably constructed in the 9th century and then rebuild in later centuries. Only the ruins have survived, but ruins like this can be nice! The castle was build with slates on a rock. You can see how they have formed the rock when building the castle, for example used parts as a wall or made stairs into the rock. Interesting!

    I was surprised to find no signs to the castle. We just parked our car on a parking outside the center (it was quite full there at Whitsun!) and finally found a small path up to the castle. Not so difficult to find, just go to the center where all the restaurants are and look for a way up!

    At the entrance, you will get a map of the castle with pictures and explanations, very good! Especially that we got a German one! Inside the castle, you could watch a smith doing his work, there were some bird cages with falcony, owl and whatever, and some people wore medieval clothes, so you could get a medieval feeling. Some pictures tell the story of the castle, but unfortunately this was only in Dutch and French.

    The castle is not big but has its charm, I liked it much! And if you want to see a bigger castle with much more dungeons and corners, go and visit Bouillon which is also found in the Ardennes!

    Opened from 10:00 to 17:00 (depending on season)
    Admission: adults 2,50 Euro (in summer maybe more)

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    Feudal Castle

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    Feudal Castle

    This ruined feudal castle sits on a rocky outcrop dominating the town of La Roche-en-Ardenne. Built in the 9th century This atmospheric old castle has towers & dungeons to explore plus great views over the town & River Ourthe.

    Open daily throughout the year, entrance is 4 euros plus concessions.

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    Tanks for the Memory.................

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    British Tank, La Roche-en-Ardenne

    There are two WW2 tanks on display in the town of La Roche-en-Ardenne, monuments given to remember the liberation on 11th January 1945.

    This is a British ACHILLES Anti Tank SP 17 tank destroyer M10. Which can be be found in the town car park. Used in 1944 by the Northhamptonshire Yeomany to support the now infamous Blackwatch division on their offensive of the Battle of the Ardennes.

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    The Museum of the Battle of the Ardennes

    by freya_heaven Written Nov 9, 2004

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    The Museum of the Battle of the Ardennes

    If you are interested in WW2 history then a visit to the Museum of the Battle of the Ardennes is a must. Here you will find accounts, photos, military equipment and vehicles.
    In December 1944 90% of La Roche-en-Ardenne was destroyed with 114 people killed. Check out the website for a much more detailed account of the battle for the Ardennes.

    Open all year round from 10:00 - 18:00

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    Memorials

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    WW2 Memorial, A La Roche-en-Ardenne

    There are reminders all over this area of the relatively recent turbulent past of WW2. Here is one on the many memorial sites, this particular one is dedicated to the people of La Roche-en-Ardenne who lost their lives. During the liberation alone 114 people from this small community were killed. Such a tragic waste.................

    I saw 2 British coach companies in the car park here, I assume doing some sort of memorial tour.

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    La Roche-en-Ardenne

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    La Roche-en-Ardenne Town

    The actual town of La Roche-en-Ardenne is very pleasant. As you can see from the photo there are plenty of cafes & nik nak shops. The weather was atrocious unfortunately the whole time we were in Belgium, so we didnt explore the town to its full extent, not that it is very big.

    I got the impression it was quite a popular tourist town, being situated in a beautiful forest, with a large river & lots of history to discover.

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    The MK10 Tank Destroyer

    by viddra Written Aug 27, 2005

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    the tank

    This MK10 Tank Destroyer of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry stands right next to the parking-lot, overlooking the town of La Roche.

    It's a reminder of the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945, when the British troops liberated La Roche.

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    The Feudal Castle

    by viddra Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    panoramic view

    The castle ruins that overlook the town from a rock are the remains of a medieval fortress built sometime during the 9th century and pulled down in the 18th century by the order of Emperor Joseph II of Austria.

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    The Town Church

    by viddra Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    the church

    In the beginning, La Roche had only 1 chapel, which became the town church in the 16th century.

    The construction of a new church started in 1899, following the plans of Clément Léonard. The leaded-glass windows were made in the 70s.

    Today, there are a lot of chapels in La Roche, and you can find them in a promenade.

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    The Play Of Lights

    by viddra Written Aug 27, 2005

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    the play of lights

    La Roche is nestled in a crook of the Ourthe River, surrounded by hills. So, 1 of the best times to visit this charming town is in the evening. Then, all the houses on the river banks create a unique scene in the water which makes you forget all your worries and enjoy this play of lights.

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    Place du Bronze – The main square.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 21, 2014
    Overview at the Place du Bronze.

    La Roche en Ardenne is believed to have first been settled in the Neolithic era. There is a Celtic archaeological site dating between 850 and 520 BC. Later on the Romans built a fort there. Another evidence of its history is the town's medieval castle which was in use between the 9th and 18th centuries. It provided protection to the traders that carried their goods along the local river systems. Finally in 1331 there was given permission to build the important city walls.

    Once hiking your way around in the old and historical city center of La Roche en Ardenne you can’t miss out on the main square (called Place du Bronze) on which a lot of beautiful historical buildings are situated and the castle always stands there in the backdrop. Place du Bronze is the natural centre of the city of La Roche en Ardenne: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 11th century.

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    Place du Bronze – The busy center.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 21, 2014
    A river crossing the city center.

    Without a doubt is the square called Place du Bronze is the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    All around this square you will see magnificent medieval buildings. Only because of this fact it is a please just to stand at the square itself and do look around to some beautiful facades. In recent times some the beautiful building that are surrounding the main square have become home to a hotel, a pub or restaurant. Keep in mind that on a Saturday there is a lively market in the square. In general we can state that markets are some of the traditional and most popular local tourist events. This weekly market has a nice size and therefore attracts tourists from surrounding areas. We heard that they have everything for sale on the stalls: clothing, food, wine and, of course, excellent local agricultural produce like aubergines, tomatoes, courgettes and peppers. Place du Bronze also houses a variety of restaurants, bars and trinket shops selling everything from ceramics to jewellery.

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    Place du Bronze – In the old city center.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 21, 2014
    The main square and its castle.

    During our car drive towards the city of La Roche en Ardenne we did some research on Google about La Roche en Ardenne and the entire area. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the fact that there was a nice old gothic quarter in the city centre (between some nice river system) of this old medieval village. A first defensive wall, made out of brick, was started around 1330.

    There are a lot of places of interest right at the Place du Bronze. But mainly it is important that you need to look up to the beautiful facades of the surrounding buildings. Maybe it is a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful spot. We did so at the terrace of the pub La Taverne and did enjoy a nice cold glass of Belgium beer. We can honestly say that we wholeheartedly recommend a visit.

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    Museum de la Bataille de Ardennes (war museum)

    by MATIM Written Jul 11, 2003

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    war museum

    Exhibitions on three levels accessible by lift. Over 100 models, 20 vehicles, weapons, common equipment, etc. of the various combatants will be presented to you in the diorama.

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