The smallest city in the world is located two hours from Brussels

The smallest city in the world is located two hours from Brussels
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Updated on May 9, 2024 by pierre

Welcome to Durbuy, the smallest city in the world, located just a two-hour drive from Brussels. Nestled in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes, this charming city invites you on a timeless journey, between its cobbled streets, its old pierres and its romantic atmosphere.

What we like about Durbuy

Nestled in the meanders of the Ourthe, Durbuy reveals a picturesque landscape where every corner is full of surprises. The discovery of rue Daufresne de la Chevalerie, entirely covered with pebbles from the Ourthe, particularly enchanted me. It is an immersion in the history and charm of a bygone era.

Topiary Park offers a green and artistic getaway that captured my attention. The creativity of plant sculptures is an ode to nature and human ingenuity.

The culinary delights of Durbuy awakened my taste buds. The crayfish featured in the local gastronomy offered me an unforgettable feast in one of the city's many restaurants.

For thrill-seekers, the Adventure Valley Durbuy park is a must. Bike tours and adventure activities are a perfect way to experience the region from a more dynamic perspective.

Durbuy, distinguished by the European EDEN program, impressed me with its commitment to sustainable tourism. It is a destination that perfectly combines environmental preservation and an authentic tourist experience.

A city steeped in history

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Durbuy, promoted as “the smallest city in the world”, is a true historical gem. The vestiges of its past, such as the Ursel family castle, add a fascinating dimension to a stroll through its medieval streets.

A generous nature

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The city is not just about its architectural heritage. The viewpoints over the Ourthe, the Aisne and the Néblon offer breathtaking panoramas, while the surrounding nature reserves invite you to discover preserved biodiversity.

Activities for all tastes

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Durbuy and its surroundings are full of sites to discover and attractions to enjoy. From the Labyrinthus of Barvaux to the golf course of Durbuy, including kayaks on the Ourthe and the numerous activities of the Durbuy Adventure Valley, there is something for all tastes and desires.

A rich cultural heritage

The city has no shortage of museums and historical sites to visit. The Halle aux Blés, transformed into a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, offers a fascinating insight into the artistic history of the region.


In conclusion, Durbuy is much more than just a tourist destination: it is an experience in its own right. Between its historical heritage, its preserved nature and its varied activities, this small Belgian town has everything to seduce travelers looking for authenticity and a change of scenery. A getaway to Durbuy promises unforgettable memories and moments of pure wonder.


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