Welcome to Marche-en-Famenne
Marche-en-Famenne is situated in the Wallonian region, between the valleys of the Lesse and Ourthe rivers. This regenerated town, in close proximity to Brussels, Maastricht and Liege is today a thriving economic zone. The municipality consists of the town of Marche along with 12 surrounding villages. Combining rural traditions with a vibrant urban feel, the destination offers a unique blend of the old and new. The town of Marche is known for its stunning architecture, museums and historical churches. Strolling through the old town is an absolute must and a perfect way to discover more about the region’s history.
In the middle of three different natural regions (Famenne, Ardenne and Condroz), the area also offers ample opportunities to get away from city life. Cycling and hiking are just two of the many options for those seeking an active holiday.
Regeneration and revival
Regeneration and maintenance of urban and rural sites in Marche-en-Famenne has been a major priority for the local authorities. Ten of the municipality’s most prominent landmarks have now been restored, including many architectural monuments which had suffered severe damage. The Juniesse Tower, the only remaining section of the medieval fortress of the city, is now a lutherie school and museum, and the medieval castle of Jemeppe in the village of Hargimont is now a venue for seminars and conferences. Several historical buildings like the former church and college of the Jesuits, the Old Granary House or the Dochain House were converted into hotels or restaurants, offering remarkable hospitality to the thousands that visit the town. These are just a few examples of how the local authorities are breathing new life into old sites, and through a carefully monitored restoration and redevelopment programme, are ensuring the survival of the town’s rich cultural history.
- visit the Museum of the Famenne, located in a beautiful 18th Century house. It offers a fascinating insight into the town’s history, from prehistoric times to the present
- discover the stringed- instrument school and learn about the different stages involved in creating string instruments. While you’re there don’t forget to take a look at the impressive collection of violins on display
- enjoy a walk in Fond des Vaulx – a valley perfect for discovering the local flora and fauna. A circuit has been specifically adapted for the needs of disabled visitors. Take a picnic and relax in the sunshine