Abbaye du Val-Dieu, Aubel

Val-Dieu Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery in the Berwinne valley near Aubel in the Land of Herve (province of Liège, Belgium).HistoryIn 1216 a small number of monks from the Hocht part of Lanaken, near Maastricht, settled in the uninhabited valley which formed the border between the Duchy of Limburg and the county of Dalhem; they called their settlement Vallis Dei (Val-Dieu; Valley of God).The abbey's original church was destroyed in 1287 during the War of the Limburg Succession. The church was rebuilt, but was destroyed again in 1574 during the Eighty Years' War, and in 1683 by the armies of Louis XIV. Under the jurisdiction of Abbot Jean Dubois, from 1711 until 1749, the abbey flourished. It was dissolved during the French Revolution, when the church was destroyed for the fourth time.The remaining buildings were left empty until 1844, when they were resettled by the last living monk of Val-Dieu from the time before the Revolution, together with four monks from Bornem Abbey.
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  • Beautiful site, secluded but fairly easy to access (parking quite extensive). The church is masterful and the well-maintained park invites calm and serenity. Tours are organised (also for groups). It is possible to eat on site (a brewery in the courtyard and a restaurant opposite), as well as to taste the products of the abbey (several beers and cheeses). The passage is worth it and invites you to come back.
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  • The great park of this abbey is just beautiful because of its serenity Feel free to stop there for a spiritual stop
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  • We escaped the rain with a visit to God. Nice place in the silence of the area. Worth to visit at any time  more »
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  • Best beer in Belgium by a mile. Do keep in mind there is a lot of wasps flying about in the outside area of the cafe. They try to prevent this. Good service. Nice scenery and good for dog walks. Meatballs are nice. Cheese is also really good.
  • This historic Abbey and brewery are not to be missed! Cool atmosphere, great little lunch cafe with delicious Belgian specialties, and of course, awesome beer. The store on site also has a lot of cool locally made cheeses, jams and other artisanal food items. I could have stayed here all day!
  • Beautiful abbey. The guided tour of the abbey and the brewery is really worth it. You have to book it in advance. The Val-Dieu Blond and Brown beers (15cl) are included in the tasting at the end of the tour. Cheers
  • Great mass. Great beer. What more could you possibly ask for?
  • Nice abbey with an upscale restaurant on the other side of the street. And of course there are several draught beers available made in the brewery itself! My personal favorite is the triple 🍻
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