Durbuy City Guide

The most pleasant surprises sometimes come in the smallest package. For tourists who have been to Durbuy, these words perfectly describe the unique travelling experience it offers. Scenic views and gastronomic treats await those who seek to tickle or indulge their senses. Durbuy is a Walloon city located within the Belgian province of Luxembourg and it is one of the French communities in the country. It is situated along the banks of the Ourthe river flowing at the edge of Ardennes. Going to the town is made easier as there are expressways and some minor roads leading to the area. The city is about 31 kilometers from the south of Liège. To get there, take a bus from the rail station of Barvaux. The bus however has one trip per day from the months of July to August only. People who opt to take a car can take the Exit 48 which is located west from A26/E25. A convenient point of reference is the Ourthe valley. Durbuy and the Ourthe river serve as the demarcation for the boundaries of the surrounding regions which include Ardennes, Condroz and Famenne. To this day the city still retains most of its original structure and landscape. Durbuy was founded sometime within the eleventh century. It was once the estate surrounding the castle of the Count of Luxembourg which was later developed to a town. The town and the castle eventually became a defense town along with the regions of Marche, La Roche and Bastogne versus its adversaries in neighboring towns. By the 14th century, in the year 1331, Count John the King of Bohemia granted Durbuy rights to operate as a city. With a population of about four hundred residents, it was then dubbed as the “smallest city in the world”. In 1977 though, Durbuy merged with the surrounding communities therefore forfeiting its title. Today, it has a land area of about 156.61 km2 and is a home to around 10,000 residents. Being in the pristine environment of Durbuy is like taking a step back in time. The medieval spirit still remains alive in the surrounding walls and old structures. Yet, there are tons of activities that travelers can certainly enjoy. Sightseeing is made more fun by taking the tourist train. Its tracks are strategically located to allow guests to have the best view of the town. Adventure lovers can opt to ride a mountain bike or walk when touring the city. Romantic types can ride horse-drawn carriages as they go around town. Among the famous attractions are the castle of the Count of Ursel, the church, and the cloth hall. The music festival that takes place during the weekends from July to August is also worth checking out. During the festival, performances include recitals that are classical in style. Artists also perform chamber music. Tours to the brewery and to the jam-maker’s shop are also interesting learning experiences as the experts demonstrate how their products are made. Sporty guests can choose any recreation from horseback riding, kayaking and golfing. Shoppers can purchase souvenirs and other items. Perfumes, gift items, antiques, books and native delicacies are offered in several stores within the city. There is no excuse for not having a souvenir from this wonderful town.