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The Saint-Nicolas de Chiny bridge and the swimming area

The Saint-Nicolas de Chiny bridge and the swimming area

Built in wood from the 12th century, this single crossing of the river was destroyed several times, in particular by the ice breaking up at the end of winter. Currently, an exact copy of a stone bridge built between 1738 and 1740, this listed work of art stands in one of the most beautiful sites in the Semois valley. In blocks of stone from France, it carries on the right parapet the sculpture of St Nicolas, patron saint of fishermen and boatmen, surmounting the coat of arms of the city. This bridge is located just at the start of the Batifol kayaks.

Bathing area

What could be more cheerful in summer than swimming in our beautiful and peaceful Semois. Or relaxing by the river in an area designed for this purpose? You can also come and enjoy an ice cream or a drink on the terrace of "La hut à frite" which overlooks the river. Catering in July and August. A simple pleasure offered by our sweet Gaume...

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Chiny, Fort district

The "Chiny, fort district" history trail:   The Fort District trail highlights the last traces and vestiges of the Castrum comtal de Chiny. It allows the walker, through the story of this medieval history and the various archaeological excavation campaigns, to link the layout of the places today with what they may have been like in the Middle Ages.

You will guess there the last vestiges of the old castle which recalls the prosperous period of the capital of the county of the Middle Ages. The Fort district was also a place of worship.
A totem has been placed in a triangle at the corner of rue de Cornicelles and rue du Fort. A marking on the ground in the rue du Fort marks the supposed location of the old drawbridge of the western tower.

A series of didactic panels accompany and tell the great story of Chiny. Another didactic panel is at the viewpoint on rue du Fort and two others at the old cemetery and rue du Donjon. The texts are bilingual: French and Dutch.

Estimated time of visit: 1 hour

If you have a smartphone with a QR Code reader, you will have access to additional information.

2 minutes walk from the Tourist Office down the street.

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The Chapel of Our Lady

from Luxembourg to Chiny

Ia chapel of Notre-Dame du Luxembourg: Located on a promontory at the exit of the village towards Neufchâteau, the chapel of Notre-Dame du Luxembourg, in a neo-Gothic style, was built in 1888. Located on the hillside, after the passage of la Goulette, it overlooks the Pont Saint-Nicolas.

The statue has been worshiped for nearly 4 centuries: Our Lady of Luxembourg is considered the protector of the inhabitants of Chiny. It was during the 17th century, following various cataclysms, epidemics and wars, that the cult of Our Lady of Luxembourg, consoler of the afflicted, was born. From 1624 a traditional pilgrimage takes place in his honor.

Other sites related to the religious heritage: the Calvary at the entrance to Chiny, the crossroads of the Barbe cross near the water tower and the new school and the Saint-Thibaut fountain, going down towards the Pont Saint-Nicolas, whose water, according to legend, would cure eye diseases.

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Walks and viewpoints near Chiny

There are more than 200 km in Chiny. They run along the Semois or diverge from it to offer you magnificent viewpoints. Do not hesitate to go to the Syndicat d'initiative de Chiny as well as to the Florenville tourism pavilion for more information.


The visit to the ruins of the old Cistercian Abbey offers you the opportunity to discover a site steeped in authenticity at the bottom of a valley where the Mathilde fountain gushes out.

A screening introduces the history of the monastery and the life of the monastic community today (20 minutes). An interpretation trail helps to understand the various realities of the Cistercian place.

Depending on your expectations, you will be fascinated by the collections of art and ironwork housed in the 18th century cellars, or by the traditional pharmacy and its garden of medicinal plants.
In season, thematic exhibitions are added.


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