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Marche-en-Famenne Travel Guide

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Court of Law, Marche-en-Famenne (photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont - Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license)
Court of Law, Marche-en-Famenne.


Marche-en-Famenne (pop. 17,000) is not a touristic town, but can be used as a quick stop-over on the way south to the Ardennes.


The traditional speciality of Marche is lace, which can be seen at the local lace museum (Rue des Brasseurs 7, open Tue-Sun 10am-12noon and 1-5pm ; 3 €). There are a few buildings of interest in the centre, like the brick and stone town hall, the 14th-century St-Remacle's church fully built in stone (which reminds of Ciney's collegiate church), and many nice houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Central Marche-en-Famenne
Central Marche-en-Famenne
Central Marche-en-Famenne


The neighbouring village of Waha boasts Belgium's oldest Romanesque church (built in 1050), a renowed carnival as well as a Guinness Book record for its bonfire during the Alsatian festival.

Also in Waha, the Castle of Champlon-Famenne is the main residence of the Duke and Princes of Arenberg in Belgium.

St Remacle Church, Marche-en-Famenne
Romanesque Church, Waha

How to get there

Marche is best accessed by car. It stands along the N4 motorway (Namur-Arlon), about 30min from Namur or 10 min from Ciney. The N4 separates Marche from Waha.

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