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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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.more
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...more
Rue du Corumont 13, La Roche-en-Ardenne, 6980, Belgium
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Corniche de Deister 2, La Roche-en-Ardenne, B-6980, Belgium
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Rue du Hadja 1A, La Roche-en-Ardenne, 6980, Belgium
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This restaurant was very nicely decorated, in a wonderful old building which used to part of a wheat mill. Sadly we did not eat here as they were only open at weekends, but the menu looked great & the staff we met very friendly. Had it been open we would have definately eaten here.
They also run culinary courses here at the weekends, which I think speak for itself.
I thought this shop was special that's why I like to mention it in my page.
You can buy western clothes, boots, Australian clothes, Indian art etc.
Every Saturday between Easter and 15 September at 10 p.m., there's this Sound & Light spectacle at the castle. You can watch it for free from Place du Bronze, Pont du Faubourg or Rue du Chalet.
It's the story about a girl called Bert, who's in love with a guy. But her father wants her to marry somebody else. So, the night before the wedding, she's walking up and down the castle, thinking what to do...And in the morning her body's found on the ground outside the castle. Did she jump from the tower, or was she pushed-noone knows.
I just love those flowers you can find in the grass verge.
I just have to pick some to make a bouquet.
This seemed to be a very popular area with river sports, rafting, canoeing & kyaking. I noticed a few watersports centers along the banks of the River Ourthe with runs through the centre of the town. It is a shame the weather not been so awful whilst we were there.
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Well my children liked the wildlife reserve the most. I was glad to see that the animals had a lot of space.You can see deer, lynxes, farm animals and a lot of wild boars.There are so many wild boars in the Ardennes that the people even are allowed to hunt on them. You can go to the reserve by tourist train that leave in the middle of the...more
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