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Andenne, Belgium

Andenne, thousand year old town of ceramics and fountains, Andenne offers places which bear witness to its rich past: the Ceramics museum, the Museum and Treasure of the Collegial Church Sainte Begge in the centre of the Vieil Andenne (the old town); and the Scladina Cave.Andenne will enchant you with its thousand facets. While strolling in the villages, the nature reserve of Sclaigneaux or the wonderful Samson valley, you will discover: castles, Romanesque churches, farmhouses, houses built in blue stone, rural landscapes …

The folklore and numerous events which mix conviviality and family fun continue to reflect the dynamism of the ‘Town of the Bear cubs’.

Andenne and its hidden treasures…

To be discovered in its museums and in its outstanding places of interest such as the last pipeworks in Belgium or even on the site of the archaeological excavations of Scladina.

The Collegiate church and the Romanesque churches

Saint Begga, great-great-grandmother of Charlemagne, when she became a widow, founded a Merovingian abbey in Andenne, circa 692. That abbey comprised seven churches, in addition to two separate quarters. In the 11th century,
the monastery was changed into a secular chapter. Secular power required recruitment among the nobility.
That is why the early monastery became a predominantly female Noble Chapter.

Farms, castles and mills

Many farms, castles and mills are present on our territory. This evidence of the different periods will delight architecture or history lovers …

 

Fountains and sculpture

Many fountains and sculptures decorate the districts of the town: works by renowned artists or fountains used by the housewives of yesteryear …

 

Nature and Walks

Family strolls, mountain bike circuits, long-distance trails and Ravel, “nature” visits, Andenne offers unexpected circuits to walkers. Here are some trails for your walks.

A walk around Andenne to explore the Old Town

Andenne has always had a Place des Tilleuls (Lime tree Square). It was formerly called “promenade des Tilleuls”, because it used to be a huge meadow where lime trees were planted. The Tourist Offi ce is housed in a magnifi cent mansion in the “Art Nouveau” style.

That house was built in 1907 by the architect Achille Simon, son of the mayor of that time. The building that serves today as a Town Hall used to be a casino (entertainment hall) at that time. It was inaugurated in 1871 and became a Town Hall in 1922…

 

Bonneville – A village that is worth the trip

This village, established on the heights of the Condroz plateau, numbers many age-old buildings within its oundaries, such as a Romanesque church, a castle together with many farms. It is such a pleasure to discover
this legacy of architecture and heritage as the path leads you through stretches of farmland where fauna and flora add to the increasing enjoyment of your walk! Bonneville, a village with many facets, will not fail to astound you and its inhabitants will certainly make you want to come back there to spend a pleasant time.

Thon-Samson – One of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia

The village of Thon-Samson, partly perched on the hilltop, is planted in the verdant setting of the meadows and copses of the Samson valley. The village is replete with both modest and prestigious items that refl ect its heritage and their architectural, urban, tourist or affective values add a little something special. The centre of the hamlet, with its limestone buildings, has totally preserved its charm of yesteryear. As the visitor passes
through the winding streets, this village of almost 800 inhabitants does indeed reveal an intact architectural
heritage perfectly complemented by the natural riches of the Samson.