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.



Where you reach some stained-glass windows in the abbey wall, you have reached the novitiate. This is where aspiring monks, known as ‘novices’, receive their two years of training which prepares them for Cistercian life.



After two years, novices take their temporary vows. Another three years later, they can ask the abbot if they can take their solemn vows. In doing so, they commit themselves to the abbey community for the rest of their lives.


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