What to Visit During Your Stay at Nutchel
Forest camp Les Ardennes is located in the heart of the beautiful Belgian Ardennes. Discover all the best places to visit during your stay at Nutchel
You might not even want to leave your cosy cabin, and simply enjoy the time with your loved one(s), finally finish that book that's been on your night stand for months, and watch the squirrels jump from tree to tree. But if you're keen on discovering what the Ardennes has to offer, we've gathered some of the best places to visit in the surroundings.
Orval Abbey (Belgium)
Orval Abbey is a Cistercians monestary dating back from 1132, well-known for its history and spiritual life, but also for its local production of the Trappist beer Orval and a specific cheese. Guided tours, including an audiovisual presentation, are organised during the summer months. There's a little shop that sells home-made beers and cheese, all made in the monestary itself. For more information, opening times and guided tours, visit their website.
45-minute drive by car
Located in the Upper-Sûre Nature Park, Each-sur-Sûre is a small village set within the Luxembourgish hills, along the meandering river Sûre and mountains. The village is dominated by the scale of its ruined manor-house (927) and the cliffs which plunge down to the river. The reservoir lake "Lac de la Haute-Sûre" lies just 1 kilometer away, where in summertime you can spend your day either sunbathing near the water edge, or the more adventure seekers can rent kayaks, canoes and even stand-up-paddle boards.
20-minute drive by car
The Beautiful Forests of the Ardennes
Forest camp Les Ardennes is, as the name says it already, located in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. The forests of this beautiful part of Belgium are the ideal location for many outdoor adeventures, such as mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and in winter, when enough snow has fallen, you can even go skiing in Belgium! Martelange is the starting point of a beautiful circular hike that takes you into Luxembourg and back to Belgium. Mountain bikes can be rented on the domain itself, so you can explore the area by bicycle. Off course you're also welcome to bring your own bikes.
Even though our forest camp is located in Belgium, it's literally a few meters away from Luxembourg! With it's different regions, nature parks and many castles, the Grand-Duchy is great country to explore! If you're more into city sightseeing then Luxembourg City is a great option to visit. Did you know that the fortress and the Old City are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site? And did you know that the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the three European cities hosting the most important European institutions? With its stunning blend of theatre and museums, UNESCO World Heritage sites, architectural jewels and Michelin-rated gastronomy, the capital city of Luxembourg is one of the most unique cities in harmonious diversity. Throughout the seasons, Luxembourg city offers a range of colourful concerts and festivals, from Printemps musical (music in the springtime), to the Summer in the City festival, and the Christmas markets in winter, whilst Schueberfouer, one of the biggest funfairs in Europe attracts over 2 million visitors every year in summer.
40-minute drive by car
Bastogne War Museum (Belgium)
The Bastogne War Museum is hidden in the lush green scenery in the area, close to the impressive Mardasson Memorial. The museum is dedicated to highlighting the history of the Second World War as it happened in Belgium. If you want to look at the history of war in a unique and different way, some of the things to do in Bastogne War Museum include looking at the Battle of Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, as shown here. The center not only highlights the military battle back in the day, but also outlines the plight and lifestyle of civilians in the midst of war. As you walk through the museum, you will come across interactive, multi sensory flashbacks of the past, designed to ensure that one of your things to do in Bastogne War Museum is enjoying the journey through time. Even if you are not a big history enthusiast, the scenic beauty of the area and the stunning setting of the historical center will be enough to captivate your attention and senses, making your trip memorable for sure.
20-minute drive by car
Bourscheid Castle (30-minute drive)
This castle, triangular in shape, is situated on a steep promontory, standing majestically 150 metres high above the Sûre river, it is enclosed by a circular wall with 11 watchtowers. It is located near the village of Bourscheid in north-eastern Luxembourg. The medieval castle stands on a site with archeological evidence of structures dating back to Roman times. Audioguides are available in 7 languages: LU, DE, FR, NL, EN, ES and RU. Guided tours are on request.
Vianden Castle (55-minute drive)
Vianden Castle, located in Vianden in the north of Luxembourg, is one of the largest fortified castles west of the Rhine. With origins dating from the 10th century, the castle was built in the Romanesque style from the 11th to 14th centuries. Gothic transformations and trimmings were added at the end of this period. Open daily in January, February, November and December from 10 am to 4 pm, in March and October from 10 am to 5 pm, from April to September from 10 am to 6 pm. Guided tours and audiotours are available.
Beaufort Castle (55-minute drive)
Beaufort Castle is dating from the 11th century and consists of the ruins of the medieval fortress and an adjacent Renaissance château. It is located in the eastern paert of Luxembourg. Visits to the Medieval castle are between April - early November. The Renaissance castle offers guided tours all year round on request.
Larochette Castle (45-minute drive)
High on a promontory of Luxembourg sandstone, the ruins of Larochette Castle dominate the valley of the White Ernz, a confluence of the river Sure. One can reach this promontory through a large farmyard protected by an earth fortification. The main castle, built of sandstone, is surrounded by a wall, mostly destroyed today. A deep ditch, partly of natural origin, cuts the castle in two. At the far end of the promontory, the ruins of several seigniorial mansions witness the quality of the architecture of this castle. Open for visit and guided tours are available.
Ansembourg Castle (35-minute drive)
Built in the first half of the seventeenth century as "House Forges" by Thomas Bidart, pioneer iron industry, the Grand Castle Ansembourg experienced a significant transformation in the eighteenth century, when the heirs of Thomas Bidart found themselves elevated to Baron (1728) and Earl of Marchant and Ansembourg and Count of the Holy Roman Empire (1749-1750). The gardens were laid out in 1750 and are adorned with statues, stairs and decorative fountains in the garden style regular time.