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My Route du Bonheur

From Bruges to Luxembourg – enchanting medieval towns

Julien Lahire
By Julien Lahire, Owner and Maître de Maison of Auberge du Moulin Hideux

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The road from Bruges to Luxembourg is a journey through time. Historic cities on canals, cobblestone streets with belfries, over there 47 bells are chiming, over here someone is reciting a lovely medieval poem. Between the romanticism of Bruges and the charm of Luxembourg’s old medieval city, this is the place where modern Europe meets the allure of the Middle Ages.
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 Bruges — 1 Night
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Hotel Heritage

Bruges - Belgium

Hotel and restaurant in town. Only 50 metres from the Place du Marché, this fine 19th century building is the ideal starting point to explore on foot, by carriage or boat the historic, mythical and romantic town of Bruges, its museums and boutique. On returning to the Heritage, relax in one of the guest rooms with their unique, sophisticated décor or in the comfortable lounge bar, Le Magnum. To savour local cuisine, head for Le Mystique restaurant, with its charm that has remained intact since 1869, where you will be privy to the delights of a 14th century wine cellar. The vaulted fitness room has also been wonderfully preserved and dates from the 12th century. ... Learn moreless

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Oostkerke

Oostkerke

In the shadow of Bruges and forgotten in tourist brochures, Oostkerke is nevertheless one of the most beautiful villages in West Flanders. The great Jacques Brel spent holidays here.

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Delft earthenware

Delft earthenware

Since the late seventeenth century, the blue earthenware of Delft has occupied a prominent place in the world of pottery. The countless pieces produced here now grace museums all over the world. Until the reopening of the Lambert van Meerten Museum with its exceptional pottery collection, you can take a tour organised by the prestigious Royal Delft factory, founded in 1653 and still operational.

The windmills of Kinderdijk-Elshout

The windmills of Kinderdijk-Elshout

Built in the mid eighteenth century in order to drain the polder, the Kinderdijk Elshout windmills have been recognised on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997. The nineteen windmills illustrate a part of the country’s history: from peat extraction to farming, as well as the terrible floods of the last centuries. In the winter, I come here with my family to skate on the Nederwaard and Overwaard canals.

Patershol District in Gand

Patershol District in Gand

The ‘slow life’ beckons you in Gand’s Patershol area, the old textile district dotted with perfectly preserved red-brick homes built in the Middle Ages and cobblestone lanes. The unhurried lifestyle here is infectious, a casual spirit moving to the pace of the neighborhood’s famed organic eateries, trendy coffee shops, and gastronomic haunts. A foodie’s paradise!

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2 Anvers — 1 Night
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Hotel Franq

Antwerpen - Belgium

Hotel and restaurant in town. Just like the city of Antwerp, Hotel Franq combines the historical charm of a neoclassical building with the most advanced contemporary design. The cathedral, a miracle of scale and lightness that houses two paintings by Rubens, is just a stone’s throw away, as are the original concept stores that emerged in the city and set the trend. Franq is the ideal pied-à-terre to discover the city for a weekend. In addition to its upscale rooms and excellent service, the hotel is a welcoming and lively place to stay. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar or on the intimate terrace before savouring a gourmet dinner at the elegant restaurant. ... Learn moreless

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Relais & Chateaux, Restaurant Pastorale

Relais & Chateaux, Restaurant Pastorale

In the town of Reet, a few kilometres south of Anvers, you’ll find the bastion of Belgian gastronomy: Pastorale and chef Bart de Pooter with 2 Michelin stars since 2006. Here, the chef creates very personal, avant-garde, extremely skilful and imaginative cuisine that borrows as much from traditional Flemish cuisine as it does from Asian cuisine. Voted Chef of the Year in 2012 by Gault & Millau, he describes his cuisine as a biotope in which flora, fauna and water are prolific. Where oyster and celery are used to create a delicious union, sea urchin and fennel provide an echo in a studied pictorial composition. In the dining room, design reigns supreme with wooden sculptures creating the perfect setting for this exquisite cuisine.

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3 Bruxelles — 1 Night
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Le Chalet de la Forêt

Bruxelles - Belgium

Restaurant in the woods. On the edge of the beautiful Sonian forest, renowned Chef Pascal Devalkeneer achieves the perfect balance between traditional and avant-garde concepts. This talented chef’s cuisine is well-thought out and beautifully executed. Delectable Per Se caviar and broccoli flowers, Parmentier style, enhance the special Gillardeau oyster tartar. Savour his creative dishes in a contemporary and warm setting or on the terrace, with its fragrance of aromatic herbs, a heavenly environment for your ‘al fresco’ dinner. The knowledgeable sommelier presents wine from both French vineyards and further afield that is in harmony with the gourmet offerings. ... Learn moreless

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4 Lanaken (Maastricht) — 1 Night
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Domaine La Butte aux Bois

Lanaken (Maastricht) - Belgium

Hotel and restaurant in a park. A few kilometres from the city of Maastricht, you will find this charming Hostellerie in an exceptional wooded setting, on the doorstep of Hoge Kempen National Park. This beautiful estate with its idyllic patios, lakes and exclusive garden suite, creates the perfect decor to relax in an elegant and contemporary setting. The hotel is decorated in the highly valued ‘Flamant’ – style. Restaurant La Source, with its secluded terraces, offers exquisite cuisine. Bistro Gourmand Het Binnenhof offers regional dishes, to enjoy around the cosy fireplace. The in-house Shiseido Spa “Aquamarijn” was voted the best in Belgium. ... Learn moreless

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Aubel Sunday Market

Aubel Sunday Market

One of the nicest Sunday markets in Belgium. There was a grain market here as early as the 17th century. Today, people come to buy artisanal cheeses (taste the Herve), free-range eggs, local charcuterie and sirop de Liège, made from pears, apples and dates (our own sort of Proust’s madeleine).

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5 Noirefontaine — 1 Night
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Auberge du Moulin Hideux

Noirefontaine - Belgium

Hotel and restaurant in the woods. The Relais & Châteaux spirit holds special significance at the Moulin Hideux. In 1960, the magnificent 17th century mill, set in the heart of the Semois Valley, became the first Relais & Châteaux member outside of France. Family spirit is also of great importance here; the hotel has been handed down from generation to generation of the Lahire family. Look forward to long walks in the forest, a few strokes in the heated pool, an aperitif by the crackling log fire or in the shady garden next to a babbling brook, topped off by Julian Lahire’s delectable cuisine. Each guest is welcomed into the family fold so heartily, that it becomes very hard to leave. ... Learn moreless

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The bread at Moulin de Hollange

The bread at Moulin de Hollange

Over twenty years ago, an old surgeon purchased this beautiful mill that has been in operation and producing stone-oven bread for almost six centuries. The mill still grinds its own flour, producing tasty results. They also provide us with all of our Belgian bread.

Lunch in Bastogne

Lunch in Bastogne

Enjoy lunch in a coach reminiscent of the Orient-Express. Léopold Bertholet’s family has been providing this pleasant stationary voyage since 1946 when they purchased a tram wagon. Our family often comes here for a simple bouillabaisse or the excellent eels.

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A panoramic route

A panoramic route

River and forest; magnificent platforms offering exceptional views. We’re surrounded by oak and beech in the ancient Duchy of Bouillon. Follow the road and wind up to discover the Belvédère, the Giant’s Tomb or the panorama from Rochehaut. From Bouillon the road keeps on going until Luxembourg.

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6 Luxembourg — 1 Night
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Hôtel Le Place d’Armes

Luxembourg - Luxembourg

Hotel and restaurant in town. Le Place d’Armes is a charming hotel on the place d’Armes, the historic heart of Luxembourg, a meeting place in summer and winter, close to the “Cercle Cité”, the business and pedestrian shopping district. Past and present are perfectly balanced in the 18th century building, which skillfully blends Art nouveau, a revisited Baroque and contemporary styles. Each of the guest rooms and suites is decorated in a delicate colour palette and has its own style and charm. The gourmet restaurant La Cristallerie focuses on exceptional products and the Plëss has the charming atmosphere of a chic brasserie, whilst the renowned Café de Paris is marked by a bistro atmosphere. ... Learn moreless

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Relais & Chateaux Mosconi Restaurant

Relais & Chateaux Mosconi Restaurant

A little slice of Italy in the historic quarter of Grund, in Luxembourg City. Ilario and Simonetta Mosconi serve up the best flavours the country of Boticelli and Paolo Rossi has to offer. I don’t know a better Italian restaurant outside of Italy! Relais & Chateaux Restaurant Mosconi

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