Trappisten proeven in de Ardennen
Het graf van de reus
The route starts at the Total gas station located on the N633 at Comblain-au-Pont. This service station is accessible from the E25 Liège-Luxembourg motorway exit 45.

Along the banks of the Ourthe, Durbuy, La Roche and Marche and Famenne we arrive in Rochefort. Here lies the Abbey Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, or the Abbey of Rochefort.

The Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy Abbey in Rochefort belongs to the Cistercians of the strict observance, better known as the Trappists. The foundation deed was granted in 1230 and the abbey was named Secours de Notre-Dame.
In 1899 they established a small brewery. The brewery became the main source of income for the abbey.
Rochefort is one of the abbeys that can use the name 'Trappist beer'.

From Rochefort the route descends further to the south where we cross the Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey.
The abbey settled here in 1132. The monastery is known for its history and spiritual life, but also for its Trappist beer and typical Trappist cheese.

The route leaves Orval and meander along the Semois further towards Bouillon.

Bouillon is dominated by the medieval fortress of Godfrey of Bouillon and the old town center.
The origins of Bouillon would date from the 8th century. Its existence is confirmed from 988.
The city lies on a meander of the Semois at an altitude of 383 meters above sea level.

The route follows the banks of the Semois further towards France. We pass a number of spectacular views such as the Tomb of the Giant, the panorama of Frahan in Rochehaut and Les Dames de Meuse to arrive at the Abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont.

The abbey was founded in the summer of 1850 by a small group of monks on the wild highland of Scourmont near Chimay. A farm, a brewery and a cheese factory will be built around the monastery. The first Chimay beer was brewed in 1862. In 1876 the Trappist monks of Chimay tried an old recipe to make a semi-hard cheese, which they allowed to ripen in the cellars of the abbey.

Via France and the banks of the Meuse, we drive via Dinant towards Namur and the terminus of this route.

The end point of this route is at the entrance of the E42 Liège-Charleroi motorway.

Attention: as a driver, the limit is 0.5 per mille alcohol or 0.22 per mil per liter of exhaled air. In case of violation, you will therefore lose your driver's license.
Abdij van Orval
Het kasteel van Bouillon
Useful links:
Abdij van Rochefort
Abdij van Orval
Abdij van Chimay
Wikipedia over Trappistenbier
Wikipedia over de orde van trappisten

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Namur ( nə-MOOR, nam-OOR, French: [namyʁ]; Dutch: Namen [ˈnaːmə(n)] (listen); Walloon: Nameur) is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. It is both the capital of the province of Namur and of Wallonia, hosting the Parliament of Wallonia, Walloon Government and administration. Namur stands at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers and straddles three different regions – Hesbaye to the north, Condroz to the south-east, and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse to the south-west. The city of Charleroi is located to the west. The language spoken is French. The City of Namur includes the old communes of Beez, Belgrade, Saint-Servais, Saint-Marc, Bouge, Champion, Daussoulx, Flawinne, Malonne, Suarlée, Temploux, Vedrin, Boninne, Cognelée, Gelbressée, Marche-les-Dames, Dave, Jambes, Naninne, Wépion, Wierde, Erpent, Lives-sur-Meuse, and Loyers.
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