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Visiting Wallonia

Are you looking for open spaces, culture and tradition, exciting events or a relaxing or romantic break? Are you looking for a city break or a countryside escape?
Visit Wallonia with its unspoilt nature, castles and fortresses, UNESCO World Heritage industrial sites and, of course, its delicious culinary traditions!

Wallonia is a land of diverse natural landscapes. There is something for everyone, from the Ardennes forests to the lakes and rivers of Les Fagnes (The Fens), via the Meuse Valley and the small villages of Condroz, not forgetting the slag heaps of the Plateau Hennuyer and the many natural parks.

City-lovers will discover that Walloon cities also have plenty to offer and will be welcomed with open arms. Its most famous cities include Namur with its citadel, Dinant, the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, Waterloo and its battlefield, the 'fiery' city of Liège, Charleroi, which has produced some of the great names of comic books, Mons with its grand-place, Nivelles with its collegiate church, Bouillon, Les Cantons de l'Est, La Roche-en-Ardenne and many more.

Just like its cities, Wallonia is packed with history. Several cities are famous for their colourful carnivals, the best-known of which is undoubtedly the Carnaval de Binche, with its famous costumed Gilles figures, recognised by UNESCO in 2003 as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Wallonia also celebrates giants and dragons, the most famous of which are those of Ath and Mons.

For more information on Wallonia's UNESCO heritage

Its rolling hills, forests, caves, lakes and rivers make Wallonia the perfect place for outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, cycling, golf, sailing, caving and climbing. If you love thrills, this is the place to be: http://aventure.tourismewallonie.be/

Finally, Wallonia would not be the same without its culinary tradition. Curious visitors wanting to discover Walloon savoir-faire just have to try the cheeses and the abbey beers. Did you know that of the nine Trappist beers produced around the world, three (Chimay, Orval and Rochefort) are brewed in Wallonia? Yet another reason to enjoy a trip to this wonderful region. Finally, wine production is becoming increasingly sophisticated and will become a more prominent feature of the Walloon agricultural landscape in the coming years.

To find accommodation and for further information on activities in Wallonia: http://www.opt.be