Chalet Ardennes
Houffalize and surroundings

Houffalize is a small Ardennes village, situated among the hills of the river Ourthe valley.

The town was in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, and was completely destroyed by american air bombardments. Today, the rebuilt town has kept its typical, rustic Ardennes feel to it, with many reminders of those horrific days still visible today (such as the Panther Tank).

The town center offers steep streets, small alleyways, nice restaurants, some fast-food (French Fries). In the summer, all bars en restaurants set up their outside terraces, allowing you to enjoy the lingering summer heat, with a nice local Chouffe" beer in hand.

The surrounding hills are either covered in woods, or farmland. You are very near one of Belgiums highest peaks, so these hills can be quite challenging for hikers and bikers.

The Ourthe river valley offers many beautiful walks (we'll send you descriptions), and places to rest, play & swim in the calm, shallow water.

Well-known villages nearby include La Roche, the most popular holiday resort of the Ourthe valley. Only 70 km from Liège and 20 km from Marche-en-Famenne, it lies in a meander of the river dominated by the ruins of a medieval castle.  It has many sign-posted paths for hikers and exciting mountain bike circuits in the Ourthe valley and its gorges.

A bit further up north is Durbuy, the smallest town on earth. Here, medieval cobblestone streets are littered with antiques shops, restaurants, bars,... it is a wonderful place to stroll around.

Other places well worth a visit: Clervaux (Luxembourg), Monschau (Germany), Bastogne,... all of them within less than half an hour drive.