Villers-devant-Orval Travel Guide

  • At the entrance
    At the entrance
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  • Things to Do
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Villers-devant-Orval Things to Do

  • Orval beer... brewed by trappist monks

    The Abbaye Notre Dame d'Orval have a handful of monks who are making Orval beer in the traditional way and once you have explored the monastery you could take yourself into the shop to buy some.It's a very peaceful place, as one would expect a monastery to be, and you can, once you've paid your entrance fee, wander freely around the ruins and...

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  • Ruins: Monastery Pharmacy

    Once you have existed the Museum, and you are on your way out of the Ruins, you will come upon the natural herb farmacy where the monks cultivated a viriety of herbs for medicinal purposes.

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  • Ruins: Monastery Museum

    The entrance to the ruins also gives you access to the elaborate museum located within the basement of the main Church.

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  • Ruins- Cloister

    Next to the Church ruins you will find the Cloister ruins. The Cloister ussually consist of a couryard, with four corridors. Many activities took place withing the Cloister.

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  • Ruins- Church

    Make sure you take time to check out the 18th century ruins of the Church which is located next to Fountain.

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  • Ruins- Mathilde Fountain

    The name Orval and the logo with the fish refer to the legend of the Mathilde fountain. During a visit of the abbey by Mathilde of Tuscany in the 11th century, she lost her golden wedding ring. She invoked the help of Our Lady and soon after a trout appeared carrying the ring in its mouth. Then the countess exclaimed she found herself in a golden...

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  • Ruins- Entrance

    Make sure you take the time to walk through the 18th century ruins of the original monastery. Entrance allows gives you access to a 20 minute audiovisual play of the past & present life in the monastery.

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  • Monastery Brewery

    The Orval brewery is not open to the public, but you may buy their beer at the gift store next to the gatehouse. Their beer is also sold internationally, but be ready to pay a significant amount of money outside of Belgium.

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  • Monastery Main Courtyard

    The monastery's main courtyard is simply amazing. It connects everything together. From here you can see the ruins, the guesthouse, the gatehouse, the kitchen, and the main church.

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  • Monastery Guesthouse Rock Garden

    This was my favorite garden, the rock garden next to the private rooms. It remind me of a Japanese rockgarden. Great place to reflect & relax.

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  • Monastery Guesthouse Garden

    Within the guesthouse you will find several gardens. This is the flowere garden witch is located between the private bedrooms and the guesthouse entrance. These gardens are prefect for reading and relaxation.

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  • Monastery Kitchen & Dinning Room

    Next to the reading room you will find the Kitchen and Dinning room. There is three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't expect anything too fancy, simply meat and potatoes or cheese with cold cuts of meat. Beer is also provided.

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  • Monastery Guesthouse Reading Room

    Once you have checked in with the Guest-Master Brother, and placed your luggage away in your private room, you will be able to walk around the property & read in quiet rooms such as this on located next to the dinning room.

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  • Monastery Gatehouse Courtyard

    The courthouse between the Gatehouse and the Guesthouse is gorgeous. It has a magnificent fountain, and the wooden doors have incredible carvings.

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  • Monastery Gatehouse

    Once you have enter the monastery through the Gatehouse, you will be able to purchase tickets to the ruins and the museum. If you have made arrangements to stay at the guesthouse, you will have to tell the person working at the gatehouse that you are on your way to the guesthouse. The Gatehouse attendant will also give you access to the church.

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Villers-devant-Orval Shopping

  • Trappist beer

    Within the abbey there is a shop, as this abbey is famous for its beer - which it still makes and exports worldwide - amongest the religious icons to buy there are also cases upon cases of beer! In 2005 1 carton of 12 bottles cost E12.50

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  • Monastery Store

    The monastery store is located through the gatehouse on the way to the ruins entrance. Here you can buy all kinds of Trappist and religious items. Books, Beer, Cheese, Postcards, etc.

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