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Orval Abbey

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Address: Notre-Dame d_Orval, Florenvill 6823 , Belgium
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Ruins Were Incredible, Beer Delicious

The ruins were absolutely incredible and the size of the monastery is gigantic. The church is beautiful and the grounds are kept spotless. The beer was good and the cultural... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins were absolutely incredible and the size of the monastery is gigantic. The church is beautiful and the grounds are kept spotless. The beer was good and the cultural impression was huge.

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Fallston, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Abbey is stunning, and the ruins are very beautiful and romantic. I had a wonderful time just wandering around. However, like others have said, I wish you were allowed in the "new" Abbey. You can get a glimpse inside from a little window in the stone wall.

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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed February 20, 2017

Beautiful abbey with romantic ruins. It is situated in a lovely valley. And the monks make and sell their own Trappist beer which is definitely a must to try

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 10, 2017

Walk between the old ruins, make sure you don't miss the museum in the back. On the go grab a pack of their famous and very good beer... We've also got some of their cheese but did not find it particularly good and worth the high price. For that money they could offer some free samples and than let people... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Looks beautiful from the outside. Didn't realise you only walk amongst the ruins. Secondly don't understand why dogs are not allowed, certainly better behaved than some children, and are allowed in almost every restaurant. Why can they not have a glass wall between visitors and the beer making process, still complies with health and safety. Would make it more interesting.... More 

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Walchwil, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We found Orval Abbey by chance on our way from Belgium to Switzerland, but then spent the whole day there. It is an exciting historical site well restored, but still preserving a flair of ancient ruins with a great history and a lot of interesting exhibitions. Suggest to take an audio guide if you would like to learn moe about... More 

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Latvia
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

History, religion, beer, what a combination. Question still open, what was first - will to restore religious site or start to brew trappiste. Nice place, worth to visit every time when you go after the orval beer. Best time to visit, definitely spring, when everything is blooming.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Interesting old site, definitely worth a visit if you are nearby. It would be even more interesting if one could also visit the newer part of the abbey...which is not the cas unless you stay there..

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Situated in the Ardenes, this is an impressive Abbey and Cistercian Monastery with the monastery area kept private. An interesting peaceful atmosphere as one strolls through this lovely property amongst the ruins and for a small fee visit the museum housed there. Enjoy the Trappiste beer brewed. It must have been a grand property in its heyday. Well worth a... More 

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Ninove, Belgium
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

For 6 Euro you can see the ruines, the gardens, the beermuseum and the herbal garden. It is extremely quiet and peacefull. I wish we could have visited the brewery and cheese factory. In the shop you can buy 2 x 12 Orval beers per person, but in the abbey itself we were told you could get 4 x 12... More 

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