Located between Brussels and Charleroi is the quiet village Villers-la-Ville, which is home to the Villers Abbey ruins. While I could describe how relaxing my trip was and how beautiful every angle of this abbey is, I think the story is better told in pictures. You can see many aspects of the abbey on their website (you’ll see more on the French site than on the English site). The area is extremely well taken care off. The grass is short and a perfect location for a picnic. Walkways are well maintained, but the stairways and some areas of the abbey are in the middle of improvements. We wandered around the area, read the informative signs (in English) that were scattered about the area and spent some time relaxing on a park bench. All told, we spent about 2 hours here, but I am sure an avid photographer could easily spend all day expanding their portfolio. The abbey is about 25 minutes from Waterloo, so a trip up there could round out your day.
Rue de l’Abbaye, 55
1st November – 31st March: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
1st April – 31st October: 10:00 am – 6 pm (open everyday)
Annual closing: December 24, December 25, December 31 and January 1.
- Adults: € 6
- Children (aged 6 to 12): € 2,50
- Children (<6 years): Free
- Audioguide: € 1,50
Dogs are allowed on a leash.