Durbuy Guide

Whether you are planning your own trip or have decided to take a guided tour of Durbuy be sure to include these top attractions in your itinerary: 1. Tourist train – Making your way through the meandering streets can be sometimes confusing for a first timer guest even if it is a small town. A guided tour while on a train is the most convenient way to go around and enjoy Durbuy’s sights. Views of the lakes, old houses and medieval castles are eye-candies that can take away stress from weary travelers. The train service can be availed every weekend and during holidays from Easter to the end of October. 2. Jam-Maker – Handmade jams are rare commodities in today’s fast-paced world. Watching experts concoct these treats in the traditional way would definitely be an interesting learning experience. Aside from traditional jams, jam-makers in Durbuy also prepare jellies made from wild fruits and flowers. They also offer other products such as plant-based food products and aromatic vinegars which are perfect for salad dressings and raw vegetable dips. Among the selection are raspberry and garlic vinegars. Admission is free. Opening times are from 10am to 6pm. The stores are closed every Monday from October to March except on holidays. 3. Brewery – Eager to know the secret in making beer? A tour of a micro brewery in Durbuy will let beer aficionados and curious day-trippers alike into the techniques and secrets involved in making the sparkling beverage. Ferme au Chesne is the established beer-making company that produces Marckloff beer, an infamous traditional beer in the past until today. The brewery organizes tours within its facility. Guests are allowed to sample freshly brewed beer along with sumptuous dishes with recipes that are handed down from the great grandmothers of Ardennes. Admission is free however beer sampling has a charge (only a few euros). The brewery is open from February to December. It is closed every Wednesdays and Thursdays. 4. Diamond Museum – This museum is also known locally as Diamantissimo. Almost anything related to diamonds such as types of cuts and how to count carats can be learned from its exhibits. Museum closing is scheduled every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 5. Topiary Park – Bushes shaped like people or animals are the main features of this park. The bushes cover the whole extent of 10,000 meters squared area that is a part of the Ourthe Valley. A certain fee has to be paid to enter the park. Rates vary depending on the age bracket as well as on the number of people in a touring group. The park is open every day. Its operating hours are from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening. During the month of January the park is closed.