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Wallonia, Belgium’s playground has a wealth of superb family attractions and full-on activities. Wallonia is criss-crossed by rivers originating in the Ardennes and flowing at just the right speed for recreational kayaking. Spend a few relaxed hours meandering through the picturesque valleys with the family. Choose a craft for one, two or three people, decide how far you want to paddle - and cast away!
EURO SPACE CENTRE
This space discovery centre invites children and families to explore the mysteries of the universe and touch-and-feel mankind’s conquest of space. The multi-media presentations, 5D cinema and Planetarium are impressive enough, but it’s the physical activities that leave the most lasting impression. Follow in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps by donning a virtual reality mask and doing a Moonwalk, where you ‘weigh’ six times less than on earth.
THE CAVES OF HAN
Discovered 200 years ago and extending underground for some 8kms, the caves are a series of limestone galleries, carved out by the river Lesse millions of years ago. You access them by riding on a vintage panoramic train through the Han Wildlife Reserve, which contains bears, bison and wolves that were once indigenous to the region and now roam on the wooded hill directly above the caves.
Adrenaline junkies can take their pick from Radja River, where you hurtle for 600 metres through rapids and waterfalls; a runaway train in Calamity Mine; the Dalton Terror, that freefalls 77 meters in seconds; or the Pulsar, that reaches a speed of 100 kms per hour before a spectacular splashdown. Sixteen attractions are specially designed for younger children.
Try the ‘Draisine’ or railcar: an ingenious contraption that enable up to four people to pedal up and down the line where the locomotives used to run. Two in the front do the hard work, while two in the back can sit back, shout encouragement and admire the views – but it’s only fair if they switch positions on the way back!