Come to marvel at this beautiful abbey, taste its typical gastronomy, visit its cheese museum where your taste buds will be awake, without forgetting to taste the inevitable beer of Maredsous resulting from a traditional brewing! Maredsous will share his conviviality with you.
Although founded comparatively recently in 1872, this Benedictine abbey upholds the best traditions of the Middle Ages, when Saint Benedict laid down his Rule for monastic life that the monks still follow today. As well as participating in daily prayer, Benedictine communities had to be self-sufficient and offer hospitality to travellers and visitors. At Maredsous, this has been interpreted by the making of bread, cheese and beer and the creation of a visitor centre and museum where visitors can learn about the abbey’s history and sample its produce or buy some to take home.
The neo-Gothic style abbey buildings are situated in the magnificent countryside of the Molignée valley in the Province of Namur in Belgium. The edge of the Ardennes Forest is close to the abbey and wild animals such as deer and wild boar can often be seen there emerging from the undergrowth.
Monk bread or wheat bread? You have the choice!
The abbey’s cheese, beer and bread are all made to traditional recipes handed down through the generations. The recipe for the monks’ bread is a closely guarded secret, but the abbey’s wheat bread contains wheat flour, milk and carefully selected cooking fat, which give it a unique flavour that is instantly recognised by aficionados. Maredsous is one of the few remaining commercial cheese producers that mature its cheese in cellars. This traditional method gives the cheese its uniquely creamy texture and taste. in 2016 the Cheesemaking Museum was opened, where visitors can see how milk is transformed into cheese and how the cheese is matured.
Nothing like a Maredsous beer!
The abbey’s beers (blonde, brune and Triple) are also matured in the abbey’s cellars for two months before being bottled and sold. Not surprisingly they go very well with the abbey’s cheese and bread!
Open all year, except January 1st.
Guided tours show visitors the abbey church, the monks’ graveyard and their garden. They depart from the visitor centre every day at 2pm and 4pm. The tour is wheelchair accessible and lasts 90 minutes. Tours cost €6 for adults and children over 12 years old, free for children under 12.