- Location:Located in Villers-devant-Orval, in Luxembourg province, situated in the Gaume region of Belgium.
- Attraction Type: Abbey.
- Significance: It is known for its history and spiritual life. Also popular are its Trappist beer and cheese.
- Best time to Visit: Can be visited throughout the year.
- How to Reach: If you are coming down by air, land at Luxembourg Findel Airport, located 60 km away from Abbaye d’Orval. Take the motorway E411 towards Brussels to reach Orval.
- Nearest Airport: Findel Airport (LUX).
It’s its history and the display of spiritual life that have earned fame for this abbey. Abbaye d’Orval, also known as Orval Abbey, is a Cistercian monastery, full of varied characters. And besides its history and culture, Abbaye d’Orval is also known throughout the world for its local production of a Trappist beer and a specific cheese. So, apart from exploring the abbey and learning more about its history and spiritual life, don’t forget to collect some Trappist beer and cheese as a memento of your visit to this wonderful monastery before you leave the place.
Located in Villers-devant-Orval, in Luxembourg province, situated in the Gaume region of Belgium, Abbaye d’Orval was founded in 1132, though there was already a chapel there in the 10th century. A group of Benedictine monks from Calabria settled there and started construction of a church and monastery in 1070. But after some 40 years, they moved away from the place and the construction work came to a halt. Later a community of Canons Regular came there and completed the construction work. A few years later, in 1132, a group of Cistercian monks from Troisfontaines Abbey in Champagne came there and joined them to form a single community within the Cistercian Order. It was going fine until around 1252, when the monastery was demolished by a fire. It took 100 years to rebuild the monastery.
Visiting Abbaye d’Orval
Start your tour by visiting the ruins in Abbaye d’Orval. The audio-visual presentation of the history of monastery will help you to learn more about it. You can also learn about the present-day life of the community here. Explore the ruins of the medieval abbey. There is also a museum in the foundations of the 18th century building. The pharmaceutical museum and the medicinal herb-garden are quite interesting. Guided tours are available every afternoon during July and August. In September, guided tours are conducted only on Sunday afternoons. These audio-visual presentations are conducted in French and Dutch.
Besides the ruins, your visit must include the cloister, various workshops and chalet etc. Abbaye d’Orval is known for Trappist beer. You can buy one as a souvenir as well. A visit to the brewery would also be an interesting experience. You should also pay your visit to the cheese-factory. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy a few and take it back home.
Winter (November to February): 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Mid-season: 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer (June to September): 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Senior & Students: â‚¬4.00
Groups (20 or more): â‚¬3.50
Children (7 to 14): â‚¬2.50
Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Orval
While visiting Abbaye d’Orval, you can stay at the guest houses at the monastery itself. Alternatively there are also a number of hotels in Villers-devant-Orval where you can check in as well.
For Abbaye d’Orval Guest Houses: Tel: +32-61-325110
Domaine Du Vieux Chateau Hotel
Place du Moulin 7
Villers Devant Orval 6823
Nouvelle Hostellerie D’orval Hotel
Villers Devant Orval 6823