Orval Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Orval) is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132 in the Gaume region of Belgium and is located in Villers-devant-Orval, part of Florenville, Wallonia in the province of Luxembourg. The abbey is well known for its history and spiritual life but also for its local production of the Trappist beer Orval and a specific cheese.
The site has been occupied since the Merovingian period, and there is evidence that there was already a chapel here in the 10th century. In 1070, a group of Benedictine monks from Calabria settled here, at the invitation of Arnould, Count of Chiny, and Conrad I, Count of Luxembourg, and began construction of a church and a monastery, but after some forty years, possibly because of the death of Count Arnould, they moved away again. They were replaced by a community of Canons Regular, who completed the construction work: the abbey church was consecrated on 30 September 1124.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
HS | Dec 31, 2017
Breathtaking Abbey and grounds. Amazing views and sights no matter where you were. The weather on our visit wasn’t ideal, however the Abbey made up for it! The location can be a bit tricky to get to without a care, but we managed via train from Brussels. I can not recommend this place enough! I will definitely return the next chance I get!
Federico Arduino | Jan 14, 2018
Beautiful place! The weather was gorgeous when we visited and the walk through the abbey ruins is a very unique one. Not to mention the local Trappist beer that you can buy to bring home. 5 stars.
Lise Galuga | Jan 13, 2018
Great visit. Wonderful ruins which you can walk through at your leisure. Inexpensive visit. Movie available on site.
Lori Jo Jamieson | Jan 20, 2018
Went here on our honeymoon in 1998, and plan to return for our 20th anniversary. Quiet, peaceful, deeply spiritual. Then there's the beer...
Schimberg Michel | Jan 26, 2018
It's like travling back in time. The space is packed with nostalgia a most go if near by.
Jeffry Ziegler | Jun 22, 2018
A wonderful place to visit! The walking tour through the ancient Abbey ruins is very interesting as the exhibit on how Orval beer is brewed. Overall a very nice place to visit.
Dominique Van Durpe | Jul 18, 2018
Estate of the famed Orval beer. Unfortunately you can't visit the brewery but you can see the abbey. Entrance fee is 6 euros which is a fair price. There is also a gift shop where you can buy the beer, cheese, religious music (old school CD's), bible's and al sorts of religious books (most of them are in French). At most points during the tour there are plaques with some text explanation (Dutch, French, English). I'm not sure an audio guide was available (didn't see it advertised) but it could be.
Maria Volkova | May 1, 2018
From outside it is very nice. However you cannot visit the Abbey, only the ruins and a little museum. This is very pity. They could allow at least access to the church and a bit of garden. The restaurant not far is quite nice.
Niccolò Piarulli | Jun 8, 2018
A good place to visit, ruins of the ancient abbaye. The brasserie is not open to the public but they sells beers and gadget. The price for the adults is 6 euro
Paul Graves | May 1, 2018
Fantastic Trappist beer. Good shop but no restaurant. Make sure to spend an hour going through the historic grounds.
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