Hiking trail

The abbey’s surroundings are not only very beautiful, they also look different in every season. If you love getting out into nature, you should definitely come here for a walk, alone or with family and friends. Click on the map at the bottom and discover the story of Westmalle.



The story of the abbey began in 1794, when 10 French Cistercians settled in the ‘Nooit Rust’ farmstead in Malle. They quickly got to work and over the years they turned the moors and bogs into fertile farmland. They also expanded the abbey to include a church and guesthouse, a brewery, printing works and a pharmacy.



The abbey library has more than 50,000 books.



The extensive surroundings of the abbey have been recognised as a heritage landscape.


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