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 .
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Feudal castle is dating of the 9th century, from where you can discover beautiful views over the city.
When you look at this stair way you think you have to go many stairs before you are up, but that isn't so, it is about 30 steps.
The entry is at rue du Purnalet
As we were exploring the town, we came upon this memorial, dedicated to all the victims of the WWII.