Houffalize, Belgium

Houffalize is a small and picturesque little town in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes

Overview
Where to stay
Where to eat
Nearby

Overview

Houffalize is very pretty with its river and the main square. It looks like a different place depending on the season

The church Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie was founded in 1235 and is in the early Gothic style

Houtopia

Houtopia is located at the main square of Houffalize. It is a great place for kids with an awesome outdoor playground and a fun and educative indoor play area as well (with a huge slide crossing the river!)

Houtopia Belgium

A great place for kids with an awesome outdoor playground and a fun and educative indoor play area as well (with a huge slide crossing the river!)

There are a lot of hikes and mountain bike trails in the area. The Parc Naturel des Deux Ourthes and the Rock of Hérou are in the area. You can ask for details and maps at the Tourism Office at the main square

Where to stay

Vayamundo

This is nice for little kids with playgrounds, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool with a big slide. There is a farm with goats, donkeys and more

Vayamundo Houffalize
Ol Fosse d’Outh 1, 6660 Houffalize
https://goo.gl/maps/Qz6WDYKMrAj3umjJ9

Where to eat

Brasserie d’Achouffe

This brewery started by two brothers-in-law in a garage. Now their beer is internationally exported. You might have tried La Chouffe. Each gnome represents one of the beers. You can just go there to eat or you can also book a 1.5 hour guided tour around the brewery. You can find details here

Brasserie d’Achouffe
https://chouffe.com/en-gb/brewery-achouffe/
Achouffe 32, 6666 Houffalize
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Cocoon Hotel Restaurant

Great food, a small playground and right next to the river. The location in the photos is right opposite of the hotel’s main entrance

Cocoon Hotel du Commerce
B-, Rue du Pont 10, 6660 Houffalize
https://goo.gl/maps/nh43N3NNsHBpinpw7 (link to the area in pics)

You can also get nice pastries at the Valentine bakery at the main square

Valentine Boulangerie-Pâtisserie
Pl. de l’Eglise, 6660 Houffalize
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Nearby

Houffalize is close to Durbuy, La Roche-en-Ardennes, Bastogne and several skiing options for the winter

Durbuy

Durbuy is ‘the smallest city’ in the world. There are several activities and nice hikes around there

Durbuy

A 4.3km hike around the most important touristic sights in Durbuy and info on ‘the smallest city’ in the world

La Roche-en-Ardennes

La Roche-en-Ardenne with its ruined medieval castle and a wildlife park is nearby

La Roche-en-Ardenne

A ruined medieval castle with a magnificent view of the valley of the river Ourthe and a wildlife park at a picturesque town

A great hike near the bison farm in Bastogne is also nearby

The Bastogne War Museum is focused on WWII. The two forests nearby are also of historical significance, Bois Jacques for the foxholes and Bois de la Paix is itself a tribute to WWII veterans

There are also several skiing options near Houffalize

Baraque de Fraiture

Baraque de Fraiture is a ski resort with a sledding slope and a playground

Val de Wanne

Val de Wanne is an activity center in the Ardennes, where kids can have lots of fun!

Le Monty

Le Monty ski resort is good for sledding with gentle and more adventurous slopes

Samrée cross-country ski resort

In Samrée there are cross-country ski trails, hikes and a small playground for kids

The sources of Aisne

Hike beginning at the sources of river Aisne

Map

All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map: outdoor and indoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants and hotels under separate layers
*Tip: if you want to see a specific layer, you need to tap the upper left corner of the map and unselect the other layers
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

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