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Ride a steam train and visit a train museum in the Ardennes!!
Riding the Three Valley Steam Train
You ride the train from Mariembourg to Treignes. You stop in Treignes for about one hour, which is good enough to see the museum, have a picnic and maybe visit the playground near the train station in Treignes, then you ride the train back.
The ride is lovely through the Three Valleys. We all enjoyed it very much.
You can book your train tickets here. Be careful, not all tickets are for steam trains! Some are for diesel trains, check the last pics to see on the brochure when the steam train is running or give them a call to make sure you book a steam train, if that’s important to you. Diesel trains are also fun!
Steam Railway Museum
You can see the Steam Railway Museum on your one-hour stop in Treignes. It has an audio guide in FR/NL/EN/DE.
You can enter some of the wagons too!
There is a café with warm drinks and snacks. You can also have your picnic at the tables of the café of the museum next to the train lines
You can book tickets here
There is a repair workshop, where you can pay a small fee per person at an automatic machine and visit via the footbridge
- The train is running:
- the three days of the Easter weekend
- every weekend and public holidays from early April to the 7th of November
- every Tuesday and Thursday from early July to late August
- a weekend during the month of December (Father Christmas Train)
- Normally there is also a Steam Train Bar Restaurant with menus between EUR 15-50
- There is also a café with warm drinks and snacks
- There is also a Steam Festival in September
- Stroller friendly (steps to get in the train) and wheelchair friendly. There is one wagon that is adapted for people with reduced mobility, but you need to call in advance and reserve it, no additional charge.
- Dogs are allowed on a leash
Kid-Friendly Restaurant Nearby
Brasserie des Fagnes has an outdoor play area and a museum on how they used to produce beer. It’s a great place in the area to grab something to eat! Book in advance to make sure you get a table.
Nearby are also the Chimay castle, Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont where Chimay beer is brewed. Beers and Cheeses of Chimay is the selling point of Chimay, which is a restaurant and there is also a small playground
About 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Schuman, Brussels (or 2 hours 20 minutes by public transport)
Chaussée de Givet 60-64, 5660 Couvin
Then walk to the train station here:
Chaussée de Givet 49/51, 5660 Couvin
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