After reading about Abbaye de Villers after seeing some photos when researching day trips from Brussels, I had to visit this beautiful Belgian abbey! Villers Abbey is located in Villers-la-Ville within French part of Belgium, called Wallonia, and I consider one of the best things to see in Belgium.
This beautiful abbey is in ruins, which part of its charm, however keep reading for reasons to visit Villers Abbey, including amazing abbey beer, and beautiful photos of Abbaye de villers.
I first read about Villers Abbey on Atlas Obscura. I have a love for abandoned places and after seeing one photo of Abbaye Villers when researching day trips from Brussels, I was sold. My husband, my in-laws, and I had a blast running around this sprawling complex of beautifully preserved ruins with dreamy fall foliage (we visited in November).
About Villers Abbey / Abbaye de Villers
Villers abbey (Abbaye de Villers) is a Cistercian abbey dating back to the 1100s, however the abbey was abandoned in 1796. The abbey is quite large and it’s thought that up to 100 monks lived at the abbey at one point, however restoration efforts didn’t begin until the late 1700s. The abbey is still absolutely beautiful and perfect for architecture/history/ruin lovers looking for a nice day trip from Brussels.
Where is Villers Abbey?
Admission to Villers Abbey
Viller Abbey Hours
If you love Belgian beer…
How long it takes to visit Abbaye de Villers
If you visit, realize that this abbey is huge, so it will take you at least three hours to explore it properly between the chapel, the “gardens”, the exterior, and the viewpoint. Similarly, there’s even secret passages underneath the structures, so if you’re into that (like my husband), you’ll be pleased. (Some are not allowed to be accessed, so just check the signs carefully before you enter. Keep track of members of your party as Villers Abbey is large. (We lost my mother-in-law for an hour.)