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Chimay


© OPT / J.P. Remy

 


The Princely Town

Located at the edge of the Fagne and the Thiérache regions, Chimay is famous for its castle built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Eau Blanche river.


Constructed in late Renaissance style, it originally belonged to the de Croÿ family, and was passed on in 1804 to a member of the Riquet de Caraman family, a descendant of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who built the Midi Canal, and was also a relative of the legendary Mirabeau.


Today, the princess herself sometimes takes visitors on guided tours and opens the doors of the superb Italian-style theatre where concerts are still occasionally held.
 

The Grand-Place and the Collegiate Church of St Pierre and St Paul give the town a dignity all of its own.


Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous walking trails in the forest and the surrounding countryside. And if you enjoy bird-watching, Lake Virelles is only a stone's throw away.


Nevertheless, Chimay is chiefly known for the nearby Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey where the Cistercian Trappist monks make the internationally famous Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses.


Hurry, don't wait any longer!

Plan your trip to Chimay and follow in the footsteps of the stars of the film "Nothing to Declare”.