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Durbuy is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. On 1 January 2007 the municipality had 10,633 inhabitants. The total area is 156.61 km², giving a population density of 67.9 inhabitants per km². In medieval times Durbuy was an important centre of commerce and industry. In 1331 the town was elevated to the rank of city by John I, Count of Luxemburg, and King of Bohemia. Tourism and recreation are its main activities nowadays with the villages of Wéris, well known for its megaliths, Barvaux-sur-Ourthe and Bomal are located in the municipality of Durbuy. Its city limit sign describes Durbuy as the smallest city in the world. Indeed, it was pretty small with 400 residents or so - and it had been granted "town" status way back in 1331. In 1977, though, Durbuy lost whatever claims it had to this distinction, as it joined with a number of surrounding communities into a single commune of 8,000 residents.
Durbuy is located on the banks of the Ourthe River, at the edge of the Ardennes in the midst of the Liège-Namur-March triangle. Durbuy can be easily reached by expressways and minor roads alike. Another reference point is the Ourthe Valley: Durbuy and the river are like twins, marking the boundaries of the regions of Condroz, Famenne and the Ardennes. This small but charming place boasts a whole host of facilities. Thanks to this infrastructure it can cater to tourists, those in search of leisure activities and lovers of fine food. But on top of this it is an ideal spot for all kinds of conferences. In 2007 Durbuy was recognized by the European Commission as a “Rural destination of excellence”, along with nine other European towns.
Looking for some peace and quiet? Durbuy is a haven where you can refuel yourself and breath the clean air. Go hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, swimming, rock climbing: all is possible in this world of pristine forests and clear waters. Put aside the stress and noise of city life. Far from the usual daily routine, rediscover the simple pleasures of life. You can savour each day that passes, while lazily tasting some of the specialities the region has to offer.
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