Durbuy, the world’s smallest town

Belgians claims that Durbuy is the world’s smallest town. They might be right as according to historians, the place got the status of “town” in the Middle Ages and the town charter survived from those times to nowadays.

The town has got a medieval look where most of the houses are made out of stone. It is easy to notice that the locals manage to maintain the captivating medieval settings with small and narrow streets and miniature houses.

Durbuy is located in province of Luxembourg, in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, on the banks of the Ourthe river. The Ourthe is one of the major rivers flowing in Ardennes, a tributary to the river Meuse.

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The Homalius’ Rock or Roche à la Falize is an “anticlinal”, a rock born over 300 million years ago, following a U-shaped rock formation process. The rock top is the highest point of the Durbuy town.

A walk on the old  streets enabled us to admire local cultural features and a beautiful landscape surrounding the heart of the town. Everything gets to life little by little after a long, grey and wet winter. Small restaurants with excellent food attract an impressive number of visitors each year.

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The Durbuy Castle

The Durbuy Castle is not open to the public as it is the private residence of the Count Jean -Michel d’Ursel, who lives there. During the World War II, the castle served as a hospital for the American liberators.

A number of bold rooster statues are housed in Durbuy. The rooster has been the emblem of the Wallonia region of Belgium since 1913. The Walloon flag bears a red rooster on a yellow background.

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