Vireux - Hierges (The Roman camp and Hièrges Castle )
In Vireux, the Meuse valley widens and opens up with light. In Hièrges, the fortified castle overlooks what is surely one of the most beautiful villages in the Ardennes.
A - Vireux : the Roman camp Voir sur la carte
Historians consider Mont Vireux to be the missing link in a little-known period that has left few traces. This oppidum represents a time when the world moved from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: humanity changed radically as a result.
Guided tours of the camp / tourist office / groups / reservation.
08320 Vireux molhain
Tel : 0033(0)3 24 42 92 42
Web : http://www.valdardennetourisme.com
The site can be accessed free of charge throughout the year. Explanatory panels tell of the various peoples who have occupied the site down the centuries. A short educational guide is available from the tourist office.
B - The castle of Hierges Voir sur la carte
In the vicinity - HIERGES. The castle
Its paved streets blend in with the stone houses: Hierges is without doubt one of the loveliest villages in the Ardenne. Forming a backdrop, the castle, erected in the 9th century, became a Mosan Renaissance castle in the 16th century, characterised by its red bricks and blue stones. It was destroyed during the French Revolution. On the other side of the nearby roundabout, the pretty village of Aubrives on the Meuse is worth a brief visit…
Tel : 0033(0)3 24 41 75 94
From the entrance to the village, a path runs along the walls of the huge fortress. Return via the 13th-century mill and the village centre.
Guided tours of the castle / tourist office / groups / reservation.
Did you know?
This Mosan-style castle is an exact copy of Beauraing Castle in Belgium.
C - St Ermel’s collegiate church Voir sur la carte
This building is said owe its existence too Pepin the Short who passed through the region in 762. Some even claim that he was buried here. It is adorned with a series of tombstones, a decor and furniture representative of the Italian renaissance, some admirable polychrome wooden statues dating from the 16th century and a 17th reredos.
Guided tours of the site / tourist office / groups / reservation
D - The castle
This 18th-century castle, in the Classical Mosan style, was built by the local lord in 1714, set within a sumptuous park. (Monument close to the public).
E - Meet and savour Voir sur la carte
La Causerie des Lilas
At the foot of the castle and in the heart of the medieval village of Hierges, this restaurant offers dishes created using local produce and an indescribable atmosphere
30 rue Roger Renard
Tel : 0033(0)3 24 41 10 51
F - Reception and tourist information site
Office de Tourisme Val d'Ardenne Tourisme
Place du Château
08320 Vireux Wallerand
Tél. : +33 (0)3 24 42 92 42