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Coat of arms of Durbuy
Coat of arms
Durbuy is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Durbuy in Luxembourg province
Durbuy Luxembourg Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 50°21.13′N 05°27.38′E / 50.35217°N 5.45633°E / 50.35217; 5.45633Coordinates: 50°21.13′N 05°27.38′E / 50.35217°N 5.45633°E / 50.35217; 5.45633
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Luxembourg
Arrondissement Marche-en-Famenne
 • Mayor Philippe Bontemps (CDH)
 • Governing party/ies CDH, PS
 • Total 156.61 km2 (60.47 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 11,459
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Postal codes 6940, 6941
Area codes 086
Website www.durbuy.be

Durbuy (French pronunciation: ​[dyʁ.bɥi]) is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. The total area is 156.61 km², consisting of the following sub-municipalities: Durbuy proper, Barvaux, Bende, Bomal, Borlon, Grandhan, Heyd, Izier, Septon, Tohogne, Villers-Sainte-Gertrude, and Wéris. On 1 January 2018 the municipality had 11,374 inhabitants[2] with the most populous town of the municipality being Barvaux not Durbuy itself which is known in Belgium as the nation's smallest city.


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.

In 1628 Anthonie II Schetz obtains the Seigneurie of Durbuy, by permission of Felipe IV of Spain. One of the people connected to the city was the son of Lancelot II: Charles Hubert Augustin Schetz, (1662-1726), Count of Durbuy. In 1756 the descendants of the House of Schetz obtain the Castle. Since then the House of Ursel resides in the Castle. The current castle was built in 1880.[3]

The Ourthe river flows through the municipality.

Tourism and recreation are its main activities nowadays. Durbuy is often presented and promoted as 'the smallest city of the world' –


See also


  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ Population figures 2018
  3. ^ Histoire, contes, légendes du Pays de Durbuy

External links

  • Media related to Durbuy at Wikimedia Commons
  • Durbuy municipality, official site: tourism section available in English[permanent dead link]
  • (in French) (in Dutch) Town of Durbuy, official site
  • Awarded "EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence" non traditional tourist destination 2007

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