The Pays des 4 Bras, abbey territory

Just a stone’s throw from Brussels, the Pays des 4 Bras is a land of contrasts where the beauty of the landscapes and the natural riches are combined with the abundance of historical and archaeological remains. The ruins of Villers Abbey, nestled in the heart of the forest of the Thyle Valley (Natura 2000 site), are classified as an exceptional heritage site in Wallonia. They stand in a remarkable and rejuvenating natural setting that has lost none of its appeal.

Villers Abbey

  • A former Cistercian abbey in ruins, one of the largest archaeological sites in Belgium

  • A cultural centre rich in events

  • Almost 900 years of history in a green setting

A unique range of walks

With more than 200 kilometres of marked routes for walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers and horse riders, the possibilities are endless in the Pays des 4 Bras. Create your own personal route with the network of “points-noeuds” or take inspiration from the tourist walks available.

Some suggestions:

100% family activities

Go on an adventure in the Pays des 4 Bras to solve a riddle, go for a family walk or take a trip in the time machine to the Middle Ages and the Battle of Waterloo!

Treasure hunts, interactive trail, discovery booklet, geocaching, the Pays des 4 Bras is full of activities for young and old.

Some suggestions:

  • Moi, Radulphe: discovery booklet, a 1.5 hour game in the ruins of the Abbey
  • Les aventures du Pays des 4 Bras: a 2:30 family investigation in the footsteps of Napoleon in Genappe and soon in the footsteps of the Cistercians in Villers-la-Ville!
  • Treasure hunts: a discovery trail in various villages in the area

A gourmet region

The Pays des 4 Bras has its share of good addresses when it comes to eating and drinking. A mainly rural area, agriculture is omnipresent. Meet the local producers and eat locally thanks to a wide range of restaurants and numerous farm shops. Among the 5 breweries and 4 vineyards located on the territory, two offer visits of their installations and await you for a moment of “tasting”!

Micro-brewery of the Abbey

Confrérie des Hostieux Moines

The Abbey vineyard