Profondeville (Profondeville )
In the beginning, there was the sea and chaos. Then the waters retreated and a great river forged a path. The slopes turned green and rivers hollowed out their beds. All this became the multifaceted Grand Profondeville, a gem of the Meuse to be explored slowly, meticulously, lovingly.
A - Mooring station Voir sur la carte
By accosting at Pronfondeville you will discover a village which has turn the river to an inseparable companion.
We especially appreciate the secret charm of its straight and rectilinear alleys. Passing between its lovely old houses, you will discover the soul of the village.
Left bank between cumulative 35,293 and 35,979 and cumulative 36,110 and 36,148.
B - Petite Hulle Arboretum Voir sur la carte
Nestling deep in the valley of the imposing Meuse valley, Profondeville has been inhabited since Neolithic times and its name, 'Profunda villa' was given to it during the Roman period. The municipality’s forest heritage, covering 633 hectares, includes a fascinating arboretum. Established in 1917 in the municipal wood of Petite Hulle, it contains 66 different types of tree, including broad-leaved and coniferous, exotic and indigenous species, all benefiting from the very specific climate of the Meuse valley. A fitness trail offers an athletic way to discover the dendrological wealth of this lovely place.
C - The caves of Lustin and the Rochers de Frêne Belvedere Voir sur la carte
The Belvedere site, the caves and the magnificent cliffs of the Rochers de Frêne form a remarkable whole. At the summit of an impressive peak, a hundred metres above the Meuse, you will find some of the best protected landscapes of the Haute Meuse in Namur.
In this spot, several million years ago, limestone rocks towered 800 metres high. The erosion of the Meuse in the softest part of the rocks formed steep cliffs and hollowed out caves: the Lunette, the Trou des Nutons, the Galerie des Ours, the Marmite des Géants (created by a whirlpool – a rare phenomenon!) and the Grande Eglise supplement a visit well worth making just for the magnificent view over the landscapes of the Haute Meuse.
The Belvedere site, the caves and the magnificent cliffs of the Rochers de Frêne are in the process of being listed by the national commission for the conservation and protection of outstanding sites.