Arlon, the capital of Luxembourg Province is, the smallest capital in Belgium and has a population of around 29,000 people. The Romans used the town as a trading post many years ago and some evidence of this remains in ruins and in the Archaeological Museum. The main reason to visit Arlon is the surrounding countryside.
The woodlands, nature trails, rolling hills and sweeping fields make for great hiking or cycling and should certainly be included in any Arlon itinerary. There is plenty of information on walking and cycling in the region and whether you are a just a tourist looking for a good bike ride or a seasoned cycling veteran, there will be a route for you. Likewise, the food on offer in the city live up to the usual high standard of Belgian cuisine and eating and drinking will no doubt take up a lot of your time spent in the city. Regional cuisine is not too different from other food in Belgium but there are some treats including Arlon’s take on a pork pie. Arlon has a good mix of fancy restaurants and gastropub style outfits which will suit all budgets and tastes.
Aside from these two main draws there are just a handful of other things to do and see in the city including a couple of very different churches, some interesting but rather small museums, a war memorial and a high tech take on a viewing platform. If you are planning to pass through Arlon on a tour of the Low Countries, allow for a couple of days to see the major sights. If you want to relax and wine and dine maybe extend that to three of four but more than this will not be necessary. With that being said, Arlon should not be missed out entirely from a tour of Belgium or the Low Countries and does have something to offer.
Lets have a look at the best things to do in Arlon:
1. Visit the Eglise St Donat
This little church perched on the city’s central hill is not one of the most spectacular in Europe but it is certainly charming.
Eglise Saint Donat was built in 1626 by Capuchin Monks and has been restored in 1851 to represent the building that you see today.
The church has been closed for much of this year due to restorative work but nevertheless the views from the hill are great and the façade of the building is worth seeing up close.