Region of Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey, Chimay

The Abbey of Scourmont is located in Chimay, in the « Botte du Hainaut » region of Belgium. The Abbey is not open to the public, but it is possible to enter the adjoining park, cemetery and church. For visitors wanting to learn more about the abbey, its monks and their beer production, you can stop by the Auberge Poteaupré. Here guests can “live the Chimay experience” and are invited to taste the products of the region, including the local Trappist beer. 

History

In 1850 the Prince of Chimay, Joseph de Riquet, gave land near the village of Scourmount, to the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Sixte (Westvleteren), in order to let them build a new abbey. Construction of Scourmont Abbey started in 1854 and in 1857 the monastery’s church was opened for worship. The Trappist community grew and by 1858 there were 80 monks. In 1859, a fire destroyed the church, which was immediately rebuilt. The community’s living conditions during these first few years was particularly harsh: the monks lived mainly thanks to the charity of the people of the region. The religious presence, as well as the monks’ economic activity, marked a significant development for the entire region of Chimay.

Nowadays there are approximately 20 monks in the Abbey of Scourmont.

  • Shop The shop sells a large selection of Chimay Trappist products and souvenirs, including beer, Escaveche cheese, Bernardin biscuits, butter, drinking glasses, ceramic beer steins and polo shirts.

  • Restaurant Auberge Poteaupré offers a wide variety of typical local products, which are served with the local Chimay beer.

  • Museum Within the abbey, visitors only have access to the church, park and cemetery. In the Auberge Poteaupré, at "Espace Chimay" they can live the “Chimay experience” and learn about the production of beer.

Opening Hours

Open to public
The church, the park and the cemetery are accessible at the Abbey.
Shop, visiting center and Chimay Experience at Auberge de Poteaupre.

Openinghours shop
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM.
High season: also open on Monday.

Tourist Information

Visitors can learn more about the Scourmont Abbey and the production of Trappist products by going to Espace Chimay.

In addition, the surrounding area offers some particularly interesting historical sites, such as the Castle of the Princes of Chimay and the Salamander Tower in Beaumont which dates back to 1050. Equally, Chimay is located in the “Botte du Hainaut” region, which has an extremely well-preserved natural landscape, and includes the source of the Oise river. For those interested in nature, the Aquascope is an ideal way to discover the flora and the fauna of the Virelles pond. For those looking for a more active break, the nearby “Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure” lakes offer a variety of water-sports including kayaking and scuba diving as well as hiking and biking routes.

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Routes

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Chimay Hiking route 1

Starting point: Auberge de Poteaupré
Arrival point: Auberge de Poteaupré
Length: 4 km
Elevation: 338 m
Difficulty:

This pleasant and short walk starts from Auberge Poteaupré and reaches the Scourmont Abbey. On the road you will enjoy the silence and the beautiful nature surrounding the Abbey.
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Chimay Hiking route 2, Promenade de la Haute Grange

Starting point: Auberge de Poteaupré
Arrival point: Auberge de Poteaupré
Length: 8 km
Elevation: 339 m
Difficulty:

Most of this circular walk, called “Promenade de la Haute Grange”, is into the luxuriant woods surrounding Chimay. On the road it will be possible to see the beautiful Scourmont Abbey from outside.

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Chimay Hiking route 3

Starting point: Rue Robert William (Poteaupré)
Arrival point: Rue Robert William (Poteaupré)
Length: 4 km
Elevation: 323 m

This pleasant and easy walk starts from the Auberge Poetaupré, crosses the woods and passes by the two hidden sources of the Oise River.
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Chimay Cycling route 1

Starting point: Chimay
Arrival point: Chimay
Length: 35 km
Elevation: 329 m
Difficulty: ***

This cycling tour starts in Chimay and passes through the woods nearby. You will have the possibility to enjoy the nature and discover the characteristic landscape of “Botte du Hainaut”.
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Chimay Cycling route 2

Starting point: Scourmont Abbey
Arrival point: Scourmont Abbey
Length: 37 km
Elevation: 367 m
Difficulty: ***

The starting point of this cycling trail is the Trappist Abbey of Scourmont. Then it continues in the luxuriant woods nearby and crosses the French border, before heading back to the monastery.
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Marc

During a trip at the Lacs de l'Eau de l'Heure, we decided to stop at the Auberge de Poteaupré: we had a tasting of different beers and cheeses and we totally enjoyed it in the outdoor terrace. Interesting visit at the Espace Chimay and different local products at the shop.
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