Having lived in Belgium for 5 years now I have realized that there are a lot of beautiful cities in this country. One of them is certainly Durbuy, the smallest city in the world. Before the Covid-19 crisis I went to Durbuy, located in the Province du Luxembourg, in Wallonia, around 1h30 by car from Brussels.
Durbuy is snuggled in the heart of the Ardennes – the swathe of rolling hills and forest that stretches across southern Belgium, Western France, and Eastern Germany. At the heart of Durbuy is the meandering River Ourthe, a tributary of the Meuse which originates in France. From March to October, when the river is running at just the right height, it is studded with kayaks.
This lovely city offers a picturesque and peaceful landscape for its visitors, and a visit can be done either on foot or by small a train. Of course, the city itself is beautiful with Ardennaise houses surrounded by forest and plenty of restaurants. Renowned for its gastronomy, be sure to look out for the Ardennes specialties: rabbit with Belgian beer, venison, and the famous pheasant, only available in autumn.
Created in 2018 to offer a new cultural angle on Durbuy, the MAMCD (Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Durbuy) is a big attraction for tourists. If you like outdoor activities, don’t miss the Durbuy Adventure Park or the Topiary Park, which offers a nice view of Durbuy Castle and is home to hundreds of plant sculptures. Not far from Durbuy you can find the famous Labyrinthe (don’t be afraid, nothing to do with the movies).
Here are some of my photos from my trip to beautiful Durbuy.