Westvleteren Travel Guide

  • The church of Krombeke
    The church of Krombeke
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  • Around
    Around "The Lovie"
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  • Clathrus archeri
    Clathrus archeri
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Westvleteren Things to Do

  • Take time to taste the precieus treasure

    Take time to taste the precieus treasure Right next to the Abbey is the cafeteria "In de Vrede". In a welcoming setting multicultural and highly efficient staff will be happy to offer to buy and taste different products: for 6 °, 8 ° or 12 °, all 3 "SIXTUS" are available in permanence (this is unique in the world!). Of course other beverages: tea,...

  • Monastery Courtyard

    The second of the courtyards is right next to the Church, and it is also very nice but it does not have any chairs to relax and read.

  • Monastery Courtyard

    There are several countyards in the monastery, but this one was without a doubt my favorite. It has several chairs under a large tree where you can relax and read a book.

  • Monastery Prayers & Mass

    While staying at the monastery guesthouse, you will be asked to participate during the Liturgy of the Hours. These are prayers that take place through out the day from 0400hrs to late in the evening.

  • Monastery Guesthouse Reception

    Upon arrival to the Monastery, you will be taken to the guesthouse reception area where the Father in charge of the guesthouse will welcome you. We waited several hours for the rooms to be cleanned, and then we were allowed to drop our backpacks in the room.

  • The abbay of Saint Sixtus

    Buy Westvleteren beer from the Trappist monks. This is the least known of the Trappist monks. I'll heistate before saying it's the best, because it goes against the monks' ethos of not competing. But ratebeer.com thinks its the best in the whole world.The monastery is not open on Fridays, Sundays or a whole load of other days. make sure you call...


Westvleteren Restaurants

  • a perfect homey pub for a dreary day

    This is in Ieper and is a homey country style pub, the kind of place warm and welcoming on a cold, damp dreary day. It is set back from the street by a narrow alleyway that opens into a nice size courtyard that makes you feel as if you really are out in the country. The place seems crammed with bric-a-brac a bit like an English pub. There’s even a...

  • Trappist beer and cheese

    Here they do not serve full meals, but only snacks. These mainly consist of local products, often from the abbey. One should at least have bread with abbey cheese or one of their specialty croques.

  • just a little late for the capper

    This is a very modern pub that would not normally grab my attention and in fact was the location of an old pub that went by the same name but had been long since closed. Roeselare is not exactly a big tourist stop and only the intrepid beer enthusiast is likely to make his way here. It is home to the Rodenbach Brewery which makes perhaps the most...

  • a heavenly stop

    This is not the most atmospheric of monastic restaurants and in fact looks a bit like a German Autobahn rest stop but it is quite large and serviceable. Surely, they get their fair share of buses and it’s probably well thought out in that respect. With high ceilings and ample seating it is certainly a pleasant enough place to sample the wares of...

  • "In de Vedre" Restaurant

    In de Vedre is a great cafe located right accross the street from the Monastery. Here you can sit down and eat while you drink some of the Westvleteren three types of beer; the Blond (5.8 %), the Bruin 8 (8%) or the Bruin 12 (10.8%). There is a small museum called the "Claustrum" attached to the restaurant. Here you can see what the day to day life...

  • taste the beer

    In de Vrede is located across the road frokm the St Sixtus abbey. They sell the products of the abbey. Which are not many, but they are good. Do have something to eat with your beer, because some of them are strong.After you tasted the beer you can also visit the claustrum, there you can see how the monks live. Entry is free. The bread with pate...


Westvleteren Transportation

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    better take your own car

    by tompt Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    How to get to the abbey?

    First and most convenient, go with your car so you can load 5 crates.

    Second option is by belbus. This is public transport, but you have to call at least 2 hours before you want to travel. More about this bus on the website of de Lijn, the public bus.
    (all in dutch tough)
    The downside of the bus is ofcourse the space, how to take your beer with you?

    There are also organised tours, when we were there we saw three different busses.

    belbus busstop
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Westvleteren Shopping

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    St Sixtus Abbey: buy beer ;-)

    by tompt Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    The abbey sells beer only to private persons. You come with your car, drive up to the loading dock and load a max of 5 crates.

    10-12 h and 14-17 h
    closed on fridays and sundays

    What to buy: They sell three sorts of beer:
    - blond (5.8%)
    - 8% (dark)
    - 12% (dark)
    Only sold in crates of 24.
    Due to a limited production they don't always have all three sorts. You can get inquiries upfront by dialing the beerphone: 057-401057

    What to pay: Current prices can be found on the abbeys website.
    It is around 25-30 Euro a crate including deposit money for the crate and the bottles.

    they help with the loading

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Westvleteren Local Customs

  • keep searching for a great Belgian...

    Belgium is famous for chocolate, amazing medieval cities, frites, an incredible variety of beer and last but not least waffles. I remember my first one in Brussels on the street. It was cold and pretty tasteless. I was disappointed to say the least. D had a similar experience in Bruges when we got one from a street vendor that was only a tad better...

  • Westvleteren brown Barley wine

    Genuine trappist beer, brewed in the abbey of St-Sixtus. 10.6 % Vol. alcohol. The strongest British and Belgian ales are called Barley wines.For more info about beer: check the travelogue one my Belgium page.

  • Westvleteren brown

    Genuine brown trappist beer, brewed in the abbey of St-Sixtus. 8 % Vol. alcohol.For more info about beer: check the travelogue one my Belgium page.


Westvleteren Favorites

  • Nature and history: how is it possible ?

    Nature and history: how is it possible ? A very special story than this mushroom discovered in the undergrowth around the Château De Lovie.Indeed, native to Australia and New - Zealand, it is suspected that was introduced in Europe by the horses and / or forage or maybe under the boots of the soldiers came to help Britain and Alliers during the...

  • Simply the best in the world !

    Simply the best in the world ! If we talk about "culture" in Belgium, we can see different things: the painting of course ... music too ... gastronomy ... and many other things. But around the world if you ask for a beer served in an original glass, There is much to bet that some serves a divine liquid "Made in Belgium"The best ? A Trappist...

  • on saving myself for beer nirvana

    After our requisite visits to Ghent and Bruges, Caro graciously picked us up for our little excursion. We stopped in Ieper first as Caro wanted to show us the war memorial it is noted for as well as a surprisingly beautiful main square. Of course, with a little prior research I found a fantastic beer café for us to have lunch in and our day got...


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