What to do and see in Vielsalm, Belgium: The Best Places and Tips

October 6, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Vielsalm (Walloon: Li Viye Såm) is a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the province of Luxembourg. The town is part of the Arrondissement of Bastogne. It is the place of origin of the House of Salm.
Restaurants in Vielsalm

1. Bulge Relics Museum

Joubieval 41, Vielsalm 6690, Belgium +32 496 31 61 74
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5 based on 37 reviews

Bulge Relics Museum

It's in a historic building situated in Joubiéval that the « Bulge Relics Museum » presents on several floors battlefield relics that were recovered from the Battlefields of Vielsalm, Lierneux and at the Baraque de Fraiture crossroads. A didactical path through pictures, displays, vehicles and sceneries makes you relive those dark days of winter 1944 which saw US forces face mainly the elite troops of the SS panzerdivisions. Thousands of artifacts that, directly risen from that time, depict the everyday living of these men dragged by the storm of the battle. The museum will be opened from June up to September at weekends from 13 til 17 pm. It will also possible to visit it during the weeks as well as on special occasions but on appointment only. Schools : A special didactical file to be printed can be mailed in advance to teachers.

Reviewed By Skipppy - New Hampshire

Most people touring Battle of the Bulge visit the high-profile museum in Bastogne that in my opinion is more like a powerpoint presentation than a museum. The Bulge Relics Museum has been lovingly assembled by local volunteers with genuine passions for local history. In a relatively small space, they have assembled a very impressive and surprisingly rich collection. I had the good fortune of meeting Jean-François, one of the founders, and a Fountain of knowledge about the war. Particularly remarquable is the collection of found objects that have been discovered after decades underground, in rivers or even in poured concrete slabs. Accompanying many of the objects are the extraordinary stories of the people that found or donated them. This museum does not get the visibility and attention it deserves. I have visited just about every Battle of the Bulge museum in Belgium and Luxembourg. This one is a must-see on my list.

2. Musee du Coticule

Rue Du Coticule | 12, Salmchateau 6690, Belgium +32 80 21 57 68
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5 based on 2 reviews

Le Musée du Coticule est une réalisation de l'A.S.B.L. Val du Glain Terre de Salm. En 1973, l'A.S.B.L. Val du Glain Terre de Salm fut fondée dans le nord de la Province de Luxembourg, aux fins d'étudier et d'illustrer la Haute Ardenne. Elle a pour objet la recherche et la conservation de toute trace d'activité humaine en rapport avec le passé de la région, la publication de travaux divers, de

Reviewed By Jean-Pierre D - Neupre, Belgium

Cet endroit vaut le déplacement, il est unique au monde. Vielsalm est en effet le seul endroit où on extrait la pierre Coticule qui permet d’affûter les couteaux. À ce musée, il est possible d’acheter une pierre pour quelque 5 euros seulement: voir dans les paniers sur le comptoir - elles sont petites mais efficaces et inusables!

3. Les Trois Fourquets

Courtil 50, Bovigny 6671, Belgium +32 494 19 95 03
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5 based on 9 reviews

Les Trois Fourquets

Reviewed By Oscar F - Knokke, Belgium

We hebben deze ambachtelijke brouwerij nog niet bezocht, heb nu net gezien dat dit kon... maar bij onze volgende Ardennen trip staat deze activiteit met stip op één. De Lupulus bieren , Tripel, Bruin en Organicus (bio) zijn top... Flessen van 75cl met kurk.

4. Val de Wanne

Aisomont 70, Trois Ponts 4980, Belgium +32 80 86 31 21
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3.5 based on 23 reviews

Val de Wanne

Activities for every body from 2 years till 99. Puzzleplanet, Downhill, Shooting, family activities. Very nice view in the heart of the ardennes. Welcome every body !

Reviewed By piet p - Tongeren, Belgium

Je kan er skiën in de winter en in de zomer zijn er ook dingen te doen ze hebben het terras vergroot zo dat je tot ongeveer 14 uur in de zon kan zitten de kaart is beperkt en de bediening is een drama

5. December 44 Historical Museum

Rue de l'Eglise 7, La Gleize 4987, Belgium +32 80 78 51 91
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

December 44 Historical Museum

The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in the village of La Gleize, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, on the northern part of the offensive. Surrounded by American airborne, armored and infantry forces, 800 German survivors of the 1st Panzer SS, a "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" elite division, lead by Peiper, fled on Christmas Eve leaving behind 135 armoured vehicles including the 69 tonne King Tiger tank, still visible at the museum.The museum accurately recounts these tragic events through one of the most important collection in Europe, most of it collected on the very battlefield where it was fought.

Reviewed By DdeKerf - Axel, The Netherlands

I really loved this little museum. It tells a different part of the story about the famous battle of the bulge. A few days in December 1944 made a lasting impression. A German tank division followed the plan and swiftly took control of the area around La Gleize but because of many reasons all things went downhill (thankfully) quickly and the Germans fled in the middle of the night, leaving a lot of brand new tanks. All of this is documented with artifacts from the US and German army that were left on site (in case of the Germans) or donated by American soldiers. The movie in the middle is really nice because it just tells the story - really unemotional - with old movie material. This museum if very different than the one in Bastogne but the two together tell a really complete story, one more from the civilians point of view, and this one from the soldiers point of view. Only one of the German tanks is left and that one is parked outside the museum. I think this is one of the best tourist attractions around Coo, way more interesting that the famous man made waterfall at Coo.

6. Abbaye de Stavelot

Cour de l'Abbaye 1, Stavelot 4970, Belgium +32 80 88 08 78
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4 based on 178 reviews

Abbaye de Stavelot

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

There are actually 4 Exhibitions inside the building: the circuit of Francorchamps, the history of the rich and influentual Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy, the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the history of the Knights Templar. The audio guide is free and available in 4 languages. Ancient live music on old instruments inside the museum café. The all-in ticket for 1 person sets you back € 9.5 and should be considered as a real bargain.

7. Lac des Doyards

Rue de la Station 2, Vielsalm 6690, Belgium +32 80 41 82 26
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3.5 based on 61 reviews

Lac des Doyards

Reviewed By UmAmin - Loughborough, United Kingdom

The setting is beautiful and the chalet was good. Booked via booking.com, deposit paid 8 months before travel. Website confirmed total to be paid on arrival however only to find we were charged 200 pounds extra on top of this, or no accommodation so had to pay. A real shame as the stay was very enjoyable.

8. Musee du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Cour de l'Abbaye, Stavelot 4970, Belgium +32 80 86 42 61
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4 based on 71 reviews

Musee du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Reviewed By ADCworthing_Sussex - Worthing, Sussex

Stayed in Stavelot for the European Le Mans Series and visited before heading home. I wasn't aware it existed but it a real gem. Thoroughly well laid out with enough room to get around the vehicles, principally associated with motor racing, but also a 1912 taxi. Well worth seeking out if you are in the area.

9. Brasserie de Bellevaux

Rue de la Foncenale 1, Malmedy 4960, Belgium +32 80 88 15 40
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Brasserie de Bellevaux

Our local degustation is open on Saturdays and Sundays (except annual closure in January), from 11h to 18h. It is possible to visit the Brasserie in French at 4.30 pm without appointment for groups of less than 10 people. For a larger group, please contact the Brewery for a visit at another time. Possibility of small meals (local products, homemade soup, cakes, etc.) and tasting of beers.

Reviewed By Chen D - Ramat Hasharon, Israel

had a great time visiting Brasserie de Bellevaux. beautiful country place, nice pub to taste their beers and great beers!
the only thing is the tours are in French or Dutch only, no English, so we just talked to the guys there - they do speak English (which is hard to find at this area..) and wondered around.
we spent some time at the little pub, they have good food and their own great beers. there's a lovely gift shop - we bought some of their beers to bring home with us.
the Malmedy area around is so beautiful so the entire drive to the brewery is fun :)

10. La Maison du Pays de Salm

Avenue de la Salm 50, Vielsalm 6690, Belgium +32 80 21 50 52
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4 based on 30 reviews

La Maison du Pays de Salm

Reviewed By seolram - Leiden, The Netherlands

Now this was an unexpected surprise... a good, informative, modern museum in a very small town, worth a trip actually!
There is an archeoscope, a movie with all bells and whistles about the whitches of Vielsalm, you get to learn a lot about archaeology, geology and folklore and legends in this area of the Ardennes.
This museum is well taken care of, it's refreshing and original, I really enjoyed my visit!

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