Day Trippers: Belgium

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Feel like you’ve seen the sights of Luxembourg but don’t want to drive for hours on a day trip? Sarita Rao uncovers some of the delights of neighbouring Belgium within easy reach.

Parc Animalier de Bouillon

A small but lovely Zoo featuring zebras, tigers, lynx, monkeys and bears, it also has a nice playground and reasonably-priced restaurant. A great change if you’ve done Parc Merveilleux too many times.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 102km, driving time approx. 1 hour 10 minutes.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Adults 12,50 euros, children over 3 years, 9 euros.
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Chateau Fort de Bouillon

In the pretty town of Bouillon, high on a hill overlooking the town, sits this lovely castle. Children can learn about Godefroy de Bouillon but will also delight in the narrow passageways and dark halls. Audio guides are available in English, and there is a great falconry display three times a day. You can combine your ticket with entry to the Musee Ducal for a few extra Euros.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 103km, driving time approx. 1 hour 15 minutes.
Parking: Pay & nearby
Cost: Entry is 7 euros for adults and 5 euros for children.
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saritaPhoto of Bouillon: Sarita Rao (copyright)

Houtopia, world for children, Houffalize

Discover the journey food makes through your intestine, test your senses, and try out the giant 30m slide. A great educational place to spend for kids big and small to spend a few hours inside and outside, and set in the pretty village of Houffalize.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 100km, driving time approx. 1 hour.
Parking: Pay & Display parking nearby
Cost: Entry is 6.80 euros for adults and 6.30 euros for kids.
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La Ferme des Bisons, Recogne

Visit this working Bison farm for a wagon trail through the fields giving a history of the huge cattle and a chance to see the beasts up close. A small museum also takes you through a history of Bison farming with specific reference to Native Americans.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 90km, driving time approx 1 hour.
Parking: Free parking on site
Cost: Prices not available online.
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Abbaye d’Orval

Visit the beautiful Cistercian ruins of Orval Abbey, with its herb garden and medicine museum. Children will love exploring the corners both inside and out, and you can buy yourself a crate of the famous beer on site.

Distance from Luxembourg City: 66km, driving time approx. 1 hour.
Parking: Free parking nearby
Cost: Entrance is 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for children.
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©Sarita Rao

Check out our Day Trippers: German article here for more easy day trip ideas!

Featured photo of Orval Abbey: Luxembourg Belge/flickr creative commons (file)

 

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Sarita Rao
Sarita ditched the day job in London for a less hectic life in Luxembourg in August 2013. She spends her days freelance writing, arbitrating fights between her children, and waiting for ‘wine o’clock’ time (that’s 6pm for most mothers).

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