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Abbaye de Villers

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Address: Rue de l'Abbaye 55, Villers-la-ville 1495, Belgium
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+32 71 88 09 80
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located...

Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located near the town of Villers-la-Ville, 50 minutes from Brussels. Founded in 1146, the abbey was abandoned in 1796. Most of the site has since fallen into ruins.

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Bigger than Rievaulx Abbey in England, but more crowded

Offers plenty of photogenic opportunities, but was full of school kids running around jumping on/off of stones and whatnot. Also more propped than Rievaulx with signs everywhere... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Offers plenty of photogenic opportunities, but was full of school kids running around jumping on/off of stones and whatnot. Also more propped than Rievaulx with signs everywhere, not as raw as the abbey we saw in the UK. Still it was easier to reach. The service attendants were well knowledged and friendly also.

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Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my 3 year old at the end of the Carnaval holidays and was really happy to find the entrance and access to the abbey so pushchair friendly. We had a lovely afternoon and were lucky to watch the end of some Carnaval holiday activities. It was cold when we went but we'll be back in the summer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Read about it. Saw pictures. But all was nothing to compare with the real thing. What's left of this place is just breathtaking. Takes a while to go through . Place closes at 5pm

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Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Stunning and atmospheric ruins, and recently a lot of work has been done to make them more visitor-friendly. First, there are very useful brief information boards (in French, Dutch, German and English) and occasional artist’s impressions of what the interior or exterior of buildings would have looked like when they were in use, which help to bring the places to... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Feel ashamed that it took us 14 years to come here... Easy to park, almost for free and a great 2 hour exploration site near Wavre & LLN. Full mobility access, easy to navigate and fast learning curve. Especially splendid views in early autumn (like now). A must when you are tired of typical Brussels spots with crowds included. The... More 

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We saw it twice, yesterday the last time and previously 2 years ago. The visit path has been renovated and the mixture of modern intervention (lifts, visual explanations, computers) with the old abbey is perfectly harmonized. And after....traditional beer in the restaurant behind the entrance building. The garden is already splendid but in course of renovation

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Thank Eur0peangl0betr0tter
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

One of the most serene and beautiful places I have ever seen. The ruins of this ancient abbey are stunning and well kept. Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful to see--endless photo opportunities. The beer made at the Abbey is very good as well and I suggest a stop at either the restaurant on site or the restaurant across... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Not so far from Brussels, the ruins of the cistercian Abbey of Villers-la-Ville lies in a lovely valley. The abbey might be in ruins, but the sight is amazingly beautiful and haunting. You will start near by the old windmill, climb up and cross the road through a newly built bridge with a great view from above. You will then... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

What beautiful place. We didn't take take a tour guide. Just walked around. Sooo cool. Beautiful architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Incredible ruins that everyone should see. Some of my favorite photos of my trip. They're investing a ton of money into a beautiful museum and making everything more legit as well (went 10 years ago and it was a lot less...structured).

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