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belgianguy1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Bruges, Belgium10,748 contributions441 helpful votes
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This historic abbey is big and impressive...there are renovations going on at the moment though, and the church is closed to visitors...still worth having a look around though, and the surrounding woods have some interesting walking trails
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Clint0n_81 wrote a review Dec 2017
Oranjestad, Aruba221 contributions17 helpful votes
During this time of the year no crowding and could easily visit the Abbey. Famous for their beer it's also a good idea to buy some in the souvenir shop.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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ksb wrote a review May 2017
Brussels, Belgium53 contributions18 helpful votes
Not that crowded in the morning - you find good parking places in front of it. The abbey is majestous and impressive; the water mirror in front of it makes it even more special. Weird that the 'commercial' part has no communication whatsoever with the abbey - you have to go around hundreds of meters from one to the other.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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nickenhanneleen wrote a review May 2017
Bornem, Belgium563 contributions52 helpful votes
At the end of our 16km run between the 2 abbeys we decided to visit in short this spiritual place. It is remarkable that the church is build the 'other way around' (short ship). Please enjoy the architecture, respect the environment and try to see the water as a mirror of the world.. 👀
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Date of experience: May 2017
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RHAHJ wrote a review Apr 2017
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,976 contributions289 helpful votes
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When going by car, it is advisable to count on 15-30 minutes for parking, because the nearest parking spaces are full, and it takes a lot of time to get through them. I would have missed the guided tour at 14.00, but then I noticed a sign saying the start would be at 15.00 - so I guess I was lucky. The place is quite crowded, especially the abbey cafe-restaurant, but also the ice cream stands across the road and the abbey itself. The tour starts with a movie lasting 30-45 minutes. Then it continues in the church and along the abbey buildings. Inside the church one gets in a fenced area that is not open to the regular crowd. Here the fine woodwork can be admired, and some large paintings by an artist from Aarschot. Overall the abbey is comparable to the one in Tongerlo. It's mainly because Tongerlo does not have cafes that Averbode attracts a larger crowd.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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