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Brisy is an idealic holiday destination, surrounded by unspoilt nature with numerous activities available for sports enthusiasts, hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, skiers, culture buffs and gastronomists alike.

Brisy, in the Gouvy municipality, is a sleepy hamlet not far from the Ourthe river in the heart of the Ardennes. A stone's throw from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, it neighbours the towns of Houffalize, Vielsalm and Bastogne.

Photo of local flora with cattle trough
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Sports

Hiking

Mountain biking

  • Gouvy has 115km of mountain bike paths with connections to the cycling networks of neighbouring municipalities. Five fully described routes are available - maps can be purchased in the tourism office at Gouvy train station.
  • 8km from Brisy, Houffalize is the international home of mountain biking :
    - Mountain bike Houffalize
    - The Mountain Biking World Cup takes place here every year. Organizers : UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
    - Europe's largest mountain biking convention also takes place here.
    - Houffalize Open Tour
  • Bicycles can be rented from Houffabike in Houffalize

Swimming

  • When the weather is nice, the swimming is good in the "Lac de Cherapont" lake (5 km from Brisy) and in Achouffe : Domaine Les ONAYS (only during the summer school vacation)
  • Indoor swimming is possible in Houffalize (swimming pool, sauna, hot tub…)
  • In Achouffe : Domaine les ONAYS (only during the summer school vacation)
  • In Vielsalm, Sunpark : AQUAFUN

Kayak

Naturaction  :
- Trajectory Ourthe
- Nisramont

Tennis

Tennis courts sportscenter Houffalize, tel. 061/28.90.52

Cycling

  • Ravel Gouvy - Bastogne : tarmacced old railroad, easy 30km path.
  • Brisy is located near the trajectory of the annual cycling road race Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Ski

  • Alpine skiing on the Baraque de Fraiture
  • Langlauf trails in Odeigne, Gouvy, Samrée, Baraque Fraiture, Hockay, Rodt etc.

Horseriding

Those who want to partake in a spot of equestrian will be contented in the neighbouring village of Sommerain in the municipilaity of Cherain

Fishing

There are fishing ponds in Lac de Cherapont, Fond du Paradis, Gouvy and in La Grange, Achouffe 7, Wibrin. A permit is required to fish in open waters such as rivers.

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Nature

Gouvy's territory encompasses eleven nature reserves with a total area of 50 hectares.

Gouvy is part of Deux Ourthes National Parc that encompasses 76,000 hectares of pristine nature, spread over six municipalities.

Culture

Brisy is an ideal base for folklore, festival and culture buffs. Or for those who enjoy a delicious craft beer and other culinary delights.

A cross section of cultural events and activities in the surrounding areas :

  • European March of Memory and Friendship (MESA)
  • Jazz and Blues festival Gouvy (Madelonne farm). This annual festival takes place in the first weekend of August at its unique location in Gouvy, far from the everyday hustle and bustle. It is Europe's premier small-scale bebop festival.
  • Lake Day, lac des Doyrards, Vielsalm : a family day at the lake with various activities for free.
  • Foire Sainte-Catherine in Houffalize, local folklore
  • Carnaval du soleil (first Sunday of August), Houffalize
  • Fête de la Myrtille, 20 and 21 July, Vielsalm
  • Cortège des Macralles, Vielsalm

Breweries

A number of local beers are brewed in this region, including Lupulus, Chouffe and Vieille Salme.

Bar Brasserie Chez Derick, Brisy

War memorials

A large number of war memorials can be found in this region, including in Bastogne and Houffalize.

In Bastogne you'll also find the Bastogne War Museum.

More activities

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