Westmalle Abbey

Malle, Belgium

Westmalle Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercians of Strict Observance. The community was founded in 1794 and elevated to an abbey on 22 April 1836. It is the home of the Westmalle Brewery, a Trappist beer brewery.

Up to today the Trappist abbey of Westmalle remains a remarkable element and continues its activities as a monastery and a brewery.

The abbey has a rich an old patrimony containing old master paintings and valuable manuscripts by important artists Frans Francken the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, Jacob van Baelen, Constantin Meunier, Willem Vorsterman, Louis Grosse, Maerten de Vos, Jan Erasmus Quellinus, and others.



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Founded: 1794
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Shashi Behl (14 months ago)
What a lovely place for drinks and food
Conrado Ducommun (2 years ago)
Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the Trappist monastery, but the surroundings are beautiful and very peaceful.
Romeo (3 years ago)
A trappist monastery with a hiking path around the area. Big enough to hike for around 4 hours. The monastery is where Westmalle beer is made. Its closed for public for now due to covid restrictions.
Anelia M. (3 years ago)
Beautiful place, although it is a pity that it's closed on Sundays... Other than that, the nature around is nice and there are even some sheeps!
Giang Do (6 years ago)
Not possible to visit inside the abbey and brewery but have enough information about them with 11 signposts. And a nice walk around on a sunny day is more healthy than drinking beer, isn’t it?
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