Averbode Abbey
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,175 contributions
Solo
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
Written July 28, 2020
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better_beer
Brussels, Belgium106 contributions
Couples
Sitting on the border between Vlams-Brabant and Limburg Belgium is a rather interesting Abbey which is part of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré. That would be the Abbey of Averbode. Sitting astride several nice paths, bikeways and in a wooded and pastoral area it is a very peaceful and apart from the few hints of current times could easily be still in the 18th Century.

Apparently a case of on again and off again for the church the grounds and the abbey due to wars, fires and other problems seems to be now an on again affair. The church is a magnificent work of stone and is in its own right very pretty.

In keeping with what seems to be the tradition, this abbey now produces a beer and a cheese as well though we made it back to the gift shop just a bit too late to have purchased any to enjoy. The grounds have what appears to be a new reflecting pool in the center and it offers a great spot to contemplate or at least compose some nice photos.

At least one other major building is undergoing internal restoration it appears.
Written August 15, 2014
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Clint0n_81
Oranjestad, Aruba221 contributions
Friends
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.
Written December 21, 2017
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Nick en Mirjam
Bornem, Belgium552 contributions
Couples
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.. 👀
Written May 26, 2017
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theTimeTravellersBox
Belgium294 contributions
Family
I will always love the abbey I've been to since I was a little boy with my grandparents. Therefore, to describe the qualities of the abbey is automatically to think back about my own family, and the countless of camps and school visits I underwent over there. Going there is a must for the place is quiet, the people are friendly, there's such a nice book store right next to the praying place and a huge printing press is located right on the downward side of it. Anyone looking for some silent time to think or pray should definitely come this way in Belgium.
Written August 25, 2015
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Angela L
90 contributions
Family
Averbode Abbey is a lovely abbey with gorgeous grounds and reflecting pool. The small gift shop sells beer made by the local monks (not great, but rates a 63 on RateBeer.com) but the kicker is across the street. Walk just across the street from the abbey to a tree-lined street where local creameries sell delicious ice cream. All of the prices are agreed upon and the flavors are rather limited (except in the summer time when there are a variety of vendors). Once you get your ijs, enjoy a walk through the woods.
Written July 18, 2015
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,249 contributions
Family
The abbey itself is beautiful and the grounds surrounding it are well maintained. The inside of the abbey itself is light and airy yet solemn and beautiful. The attached gift shop sells a selection of books and religious gifts as well as their own beer, cheese and bread at very reasonable prices.

There are also numerous walking and biking paths in the area surrounding the abbey which can make for a wonderful day outing in nice weather.
Written March 2, 2015
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ksb
Brussels, Belgium51 contributions
Family
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.
Written May 29, 2017
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RHAHJ
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
Solo
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.
Written April 30, 2017
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shanaroomers
Merksem, Belgium207 contributions
Couples
When I take a walk with my dog I visit this place alot. It is sirene and beautifull inside and out. Right across the enter of de abbey, you find "de lekdreef" in englisch it's called "the licking street" cause in summer there are a lot of ice cream cars. Worth visiting!
Written September 5, 2016
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