There are some places that make you fall unconditionally in love with them and Wallonia, South of Belgium is one such destination.
This unique, hidden gem, is packed with exciting things to do, eat, and see.
Belgium is divided into two regions, Flanders to the north and Wallonia to the south with Brussels acting as a connecting dot between the two.
I recently had a chance to experience Wallonia with Wallonia Belgium Tourism and was completely spellbound by the sheer beauty and diversity of this region.
Marvel at stunning caves or explore quaint riverside villages, experience living in outer space or indulge in delicious local cuisines, stroll through beautiful cities or wander through lush forests, all in Wallonia, Belgium.
I feel lucky to have experienced some of the world’s most breath-taking places such as Transinne, Durbuy, Spa, Liege and Namur, in Wallonia, Belgium.
With a host of unique, magical experiences, Wallonia, Belgium has to be on your bucket list this year.
Here’s my ultimate Wallonia Travel Guide/ 3 day Itinerary on all the things to do in Wallonia, Belgium :
Day 1: Brussels to Transinne to Han Sur Lesse :
Visit the Euro Space Centre:
Get a taste of life in outer space at the exciting Euro Space Centre located in the village of Transinne, a short drive away from Brussels.
Learn how to fly a space ship, experience zero gravity, embark on a space odyssey through the Milky way, learn all about our universe and even get to eat astronaut food at this fun space theme park.
Explore the spectacular Domain of the Caves of Han and Wildlife Park :
Get completely spellbound by the enormous natural stalactites, stalagmites and encapsulating rock formations bejewelling the Grottes De Han.
Located on the outskirts of the Han-Sur-Lesse village, these magnificent caves surrounded by a beautiful wildlife park make for one of Belgium’s top attractions.
Journey to the centre of the earth as you explore these magnanimous caves formed by thousands of years of underground erosion of a limestone hill by the river Lesse. From the gigantic Hall of Draperies to the Hall of the Dome, this place will leave you spellbound.
Walking through these opulent caves will leave you completely in awe. This was one of my best travel experiences.
Hop on to a vintage tram from the village to enter the mouth of theses caves which you can then walk through with the help of an informative guide through a trail specially lit with LED lights inside the cave.
Once you’re finished exploring these caves you can embark on a safari through the beautiful wildlife park where you can spot some of Europe’s most exotic animals like the reindeer, the arctic fox, wild ox, etc in their natural environment.
After a long day, indulge in a delicious traditional Belgian meal at Le Grenier des Grote’s, in the park itself.
The Caves of Han and wildlife park are an absolute must-visit.
Day 2: Durbuy (Chocolatier Defroidmont, Radhadesh and Prehistomuseum).
The smallest town in the world, a visit to Durbuy will transport you to the pages of a fairy-tale.
Literally out of a storybook, this breath-taking medieval town full of quaint houses and cobbled streets offers exciting experiences.
In Durbuy itself, you can wander through cute local shops, winding streets and marvel at the grand castle by the river.
A short drive from Durbuy will lead you to Radhadesh and a fun chocolate factory, both very exciting experiences.
Witness true, local Belgian chocolate making at Chocolatier Defroidmont, a popular local chocolate factory making some fine Belgian chocolates from scratch. Learn all about the history and art of chocolate making and indulge in freshly made chocolate ice cream at this wonderful factory in the middle of Wallonia.
After some sweet indulgence, drive to Radhadesh, the world’s only ISKON temple housed inside a castle.
A surprising and unique place, Radhadesh offers peace, solace and spiritual enrichment with a gorgeous temple, art gallery and Govinda’s their all-vegetarian restaurant all inside a stunning castled nestled amongst the Ardennes.
After this proceed to the Prehistomuseum, a unique park where you can learn important survival skills along with living the nomad life. Learn how to make a fire with stone, how to use a bow and arrow or how to build your own tent, all at this fun park.
Overall, Durbuy is a tiny town packed with a lot of exciting things to do and see. You can stay here at Hotel Victoria, a cute, quaint hotel with fireplace studded rooms and delicious food.
Day 3: Spa, Liege and Namur :
A hidden gem nestled amongst the lush green Ardennes, Spa is truly an enchanting place.
Escape to peace and solace as the sound of the rushing, mineral-rich waters coupled with the surrounding nature play music to your ears.
Apart from its spring water, this ancient town is also known for its Spa Francorchamps F1 circuit, Victorian era casino, thermal baths and great natural beauty.
It’s a quick 50 min drive from Durbuy.
One of Belgium’s largest cities, Liège is a perfect blend of the old and the new. From the gorgeous historic city centre packed with spectacular buildings, opulent churches, intriguing museums such as the La Boverie, a stunning riverfront and of course delicious local food, Liège has a lot to offer.
You absolutely must try the famous Liège waffles made fresh and golden brown.
Places of interest in /Things to do in Liège :
- Musée de la Vie wallonne: Museum depicting life in Wallonia, Belgium.
- Palais des princes–évêques de Liège : Prince Bishop’s Palace.
- St Denis Collegiate Church: A beautiful, old church which is one of Wallonia’s most popular heritage attractions.
- Une Gaufrette Saperlipopette: Age-old popular local shop serving Belgian classic sweets, bakes and ice cream.
A historic city which is the capital of Wallonia, Namur is best experienced on foot.
Meander through its cobbled alleyways as you discover stunning medieval architecture and warm people.
Places to see in Namur/Things to do in Namur :
- The Citadel of Namur: A heritage site, this home of the former Counts of Namur offers beautiful views and leaves you with lasting memories. This is perfect for an evening stroll.
- Old district/Old town: The old district of Namur feels like a fairytale with cobbled alleys, small hilly roads and colourful buildings donning the periphery. This is great for an evening spent shopping, eating and indulging in delicious food.
Stay : Hotel Les Tanneur. Eat : L’Huile Sur Le Fur.
After exploring some of the most unique and mesmerizing places in Wallonia, I journeyed back to Brussels with unforgettable memories.
How to get to and around Wallonia, Belgium :
There are frequent trains and buses from Brussels to towns like Namur, Liege and Spa. The best way to get around Wallonia is to rent a self-driven car and drive around. It’s all easily accessible and within 2-3 hours of Brussels.
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