10 Things to Do in Houyet That You Shouldn't Miss

August 10, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Houyet (French pronunciation: ​[u.jɛ]) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Namur. On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 4,485 inhabitants. The total area is 122.31 km², giving a population density of 37 inhabitants per km².
Restaurants in Houyet

1. Castle Veves

Rue de Furfooz 3, Houyet 5561, Belgium +32 82 66 63 95
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4 based on 88 reviews

Castle Veves

Reviewed By Rooindie - Farmington, Connecticut

I’m not sure how this castle is so highly rated; perhaps I’m jaded from having seen too many awesome Castles elsewhere. It is beautiful from the outside, but there is very little by way of grounds, so you’re basically going to photograph it from the parking lot. It was a bit confusing about where to go from the parking lot, as the gate is closed and it is not obvious you need to push a button to get in. There is a building next to the parking lot that seems like it is where you’d buy tickets, but in fact you need to go into the castle to get the tickets. This isn’t just me being stupid; I watched car after car pull up, its inhabitants hop out, then wander around confused a bit. OK, onto the inside. You get an audioguide – you go into a room, see the room number, press the button on your audioguide, and listen to a chat about the room – this is how all audioguides work, right? I did not see any numbers for a long, long time. It was not clear where to go or where to start. I eventually decided that I should start with number 1 and enter the open door. Eventually when I got to number 8, I figured out where I was compared to the audioguide. Finally in room 14 I saw the first sign – it seems impossible that I could have missed the first thirteen signs, I mean really?? But even then, the displayed numbers were not in the right order – you really have to keep track of what number you are on, because the number in the room didn’t necessarily match the audioguide! What a hot mess. All of that being said, you really only get to see a handful of rooms, and I hate to say how I really felt about them, but I thought they were drab and dull. It feels like it was decorated a few decades ago, there’s nothing ornate about it, the paneling has been painted. Even the dining room table setting was just “blah”. I didn’t take one picture inside (and since I took about 700 pictures on my trip, that is saying something). I think it took about a half hour to go through.

2. Le Chateau de Lavaux Sainte-Anne

Rue du Chateau 8, Lavaux-Sainte-Anne 5580, Belgium +32 84 38 83 62
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4 based on 173 reviews

Le Chateau de Lavaux Sainte-Anne

The Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne is listed as "Exceptional heritage of Wallonia". It is one of Wallonia's most famous buildings, as well as well-known symbol of the Famenne area. While strolling through the Castle, you can sometimes hear echoes from the castle's eventful past… A couple of the castle's highlights: " The walk around the moat that will also take you alongside the deer park. " Discover the inside of the fortress; you can visit it from top to bottom, from cellar to dungeon! " The Museum of the Lords of Lavaux during the 17th century : see how they enjoyed life in their luxurious surroundings. " The first floor hosts the Nature museum, and exhibits an impressive collection of stuffed animals that demonstrate the variety of the fauna in the Famenne. " The museum in the castle cellars evokes rural life in the Famenne area through typical 19th century customs, everyday objects, and celebrations. " Our wetland, a natural shelter for all kinds of animal species, is protected by the Walloon government as a natural area of "great biological interest". It is dotted with information panels packed with interesting facts. " Children will be disguised as princesses or knights, to make the adventure even more exciting !

Reviewed By Yehr2014 - Tel Aviv, Israel

Practically there is only one museum in the premises. The setting and explanation give you an idea on how life was centuries ago. We downloaded a coupon for 1+1 to save on entrance fees.

3. La Citadelle de Dinant

Place Reine Astrid 3-5, Dinant 5500, Belgium +32 82 22 36 70
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4 based on 1 reviews

La Citadelle de Dinant

It was between 1818, and 1821, during the Dutch occupation, that the Citadel was built in its current form. Throughout the kitchen, the bakery and the forge, you will discover the daily life of 400 soldiers that were living there. Don't forget to visite our new space 1914-1918, explaining all the fights that took place in dinant during the first world war.

Reviewed By ClaudeRakisits - Canberra, Australia

This is a very impressive structure indeed. It's definitely worth the detour to Dinant to come and see this.There are lots of things to see inside, including trenches of WWI. The view of Dinant from the Citadelle is breathtaking. And what is really convenient is that from the Citadelle, and included in the price, is a two-way ride on the telepherique to the city of Dinant. So you only need to park the car once at the top. There is no time limit as to when you have to come back up. Don't miss it!

4. Brasserie Caracole

Cote Marie-Therese 86, Falmignoul 5500, Belgium
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Brasserie Caracole

This small brewery operates using 19th-century equipment and methods.

Reviewed By Rather_Nomadic - Panama City, Florida

I have no idea how they produce the amount and variety of beers they do using the old school methods and equipment in this brewery. It is very interesting to see that newer is not always better. The tour is informative. Limited beer sampling as well, no food. You might be confused when you first pull up but "Yes, the brewery really is that small." Nice, quick diversion.

5. Domaine Provincial de Chevetogne

Rue de Pirchamps 1, Chevetogne 5590, Belgium +32 83 68 72 11
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4 based on 115 reviews

Domaine Provincial de Chevetogne

Reviewed By snailcollector - Walcourt, Belgium

A huge park with tons of thing to do and see. Many Playgrounds for kids of all ages, large ponds with row boats, BBQ facilities, places to eat, places to pic-nic. Tennis courts etc etc. A great place to spend the day. If you live in Belgium you may consider getting a season pass for your car as this is the best deal. But if you go just for one day it is also well worth the visit.

6. Ferme de la Comogne

Comognes 1, Focant 5572, Belgium +32 84 38 93 69
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4 based on 6 reviews

Ferme de la Comogne

Reviewed By onzils - Madrid

Avant cette visite je ne connaissais pas vraiment l´intérêt du lait de jument, et maintenant je sais que ce type de lait est la solution pour les gens intolérants au lactose. Le lait se peut acheter à la ferme, mais en Belgique on le retrouve également congelé chez Delhaize.
La visite de la ferme est trés intéressant, surtout parce qu´on voit la bonne santé des juments et des poulain. En total , il y a environ 50 chevaux dont 20 poulains. Au magasin sur site on peut également acheter des produits dérivés : des savons, des crèmes...

7. Chateau et Jardins de Freyr -Waulsort

Freyr 12, Waulsort 5540, Belgium
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Chateau et Jardins de Freyr -Waulsort

Reviewed By ghinakatu - Scandinavia, Europe

As we had our dog with us, we were only able to visit the Gardens of the castle which were supposed to be like the Gardens of Versailles. To visit the museum (inside of the castle) you had to pay €7.50. We were only visiting...MoreOur reception is staffed only with volunteers. It is possible that one of them was not aware that our policy is to admit dogs inside the castle. I'll check that everyone takes notice of this facts Yours sincerely, Axel Bonaert

8. The Domain of the Caves of Han

J. Lamotte street, 2 | Rue Joseph Lamotte 2, 5580, Han-sur-Lesse 5580, Belgium +32 84 37 72 13
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4 based on 1 reviews

The Domain of the Caves of Han

Visit the Domain of the Caves of Han and experience a magical encounter with the sheer majesty of nature. Discover the Cave of Han and venture into the Wildlife Park… Prepare to be amazed!

Reviewed By Jankees R - Vught, The Netherlands

Only the waiting for the trains is a little long and after you arrive with train at entrance it also takes too long before you go in
But from buying the tickets very friendly lady and the experience in the cAves is stunning.
Impressive piece of nature creation.

9. Bister

R. du Parc Industriel d'Achene 10, Ciney 5590, Belgium +32 83 21 47 02
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Bister

Reviewed By Bright2112 - Grace-Hollogne, Belgium

Voici une agréable surprise, lors de la visite guidée de ce petit musée de la moutarde Bister.
Un dicton local dit ''la moutarde qui me monte au nez"... Traduction "Cela commence à m'énerver "
Et bien ici la visite est tout sauf énervante.
Un accueil parfait, chaleureux, suivit d'explications historiques sur la région le produit, son évolution dans le temps et les différentes recettes de préparations en fonction des gouts des citoyens dans les pays européen.
Avant la petite visite de l'atelier de fabrication et d'emballage vous avez une séance de dégustations assez impressionnante. Cela va de la traditionnelle moutarde de tout les jours a des préparations atypiques telles que ma préférée, la moutarde au potiron et cannelle.
Une belle matinée lors de cette charmante en enrichissante visite.
Dans le petit magasin, vous pouvez acheter des produits, moutarde, vinaigre, oignons, câpres, bière...
Attention qu'il n'y a pas de possibilité de paiement électronique.
Voir le site pour les périodes d'ouvertures.
Bonne visite.

10. La Madonna al Cuore d'Oro

Rue de l'Aubepine 6, Beauraing 5570, Belgium +32 82 71 12 18
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4 based on 6 reviews

La Madonna al Cuore d'Oro

Reviewed By Wilwa_Tikta - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sanctuary Our Lady of Beauraing is one of very few pilgrimage sites which have status of Holy See Approval in the world. in this area Mother Marry appeared to the 5 children of Beauraing in the period of 29 november 1932 till 03 january 1933, to the children of Marie-Louise Perpete Voisin family namely Fernande (15 years), Gilberte (13), and Albert (11), and to the daughters of a farmer’s widow of Germaine Degeimbre: Andree (14) and Gilberte (9).
the care-takers of the sanctuary, the group of nuns, also provide simple guest-rooms for people who come from far away. we spent one night in their guest-house, a simple but very comfortable place to pass the night, including meals. they really take care their guest with the best possible services, very friendly.
a few steps from the sanctuary, still on the same street, visitors can visit Marian Museum; and around 200 meters from the sanctuary people can see the two houses of Voisin and Degeimbre family.
Tips For Journey:
1. If you’re not with group bus, the best way is by private or rental car
2. By train: from Brussels to Beauraing around 2,5 hours and mostly connecting train in Namur. the distance is around 120km. and from Beauraing Train Station to the sanctuary only 1km, can use bus or just enjoying walking.
3. Another option, Brussels Central Station take train to Dinant (a town with its very famous citadel) and take bus to Beauraing (direction Dinant to Beauraing Indsc)
we actually combined our visit to Beauraing with Dinant town, more-less 22 km distance between two areas. about more information to the sanctuary, there are two main known webs, one with only French, and another web with 7 languages.

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