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Dinant


 

 

Location:
Dinant sparkles along the Meuse River in the province of Namur. It is about 40 miles south of Brussels and about 12 miles south of Namur, the regional capital.

 

 

Getting There:
There are direct trains from Brussels to Dinant, via Namur. Trains take about 1:30h and run approximately every hour from the North, Central and Midi stations in Brussels.

 

 

Dinant Must-Sees

The Citadel

Overlooking Dinant from its 100 foot cliff, The Citidel was originally built in 1051 but was destroyed by the French in 1703. The current fortification was built during the Dutch occupation in the early 1800s.

The Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame

The city's landmark was rebuilt in Gothic style after falling rocks from an adjacent cliff partially destroyed the former Romanesque church in 1227.

The Grotto of Dinant

Visitors are astonished by the number of color range of the rock formations of this cave.

Rocher Bayard

This 130ft rock was supposedly split open with one blow from the hoof of the horse of Bayard as he fled from Charlemagne.

Sanctuary of Beauraing

The votive chapel is open daily from 9.30 am to 7 pm. The other sanctuaries (the Saint Jean crypt, the Rosaire church, the main church) are accessible by appointment.

Caves of Han

At the door of the Ardennes, one-hour drive from Brussels, the Caves of Han are among the largest, most renowned and beautiful caves in Europe and thoroughly deserve their 3-star rating in the Michelin guide: entry aboard a 100-year-old tram, multilingual guided tours, sound and light show and exit along the underground river.   The Caves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings,  which host a Wildlife Reserve where European wild species roam in their natural environment.   See « Wildlife Reserve Han-sur-Lesse ».

 

Where to Eat in Dinant
Auberge de Bouvignies (Dinant)

Le Club Brasserie Templiere (Dinant)

La Couronne (Dinant)
Le Jardin de Fiorine (Dinant)

La Meunerie (Dinant)


Couleur Basilic (Rochefort near Dinant) Hostellerie Gilain * (Sorinnes near Dinant)

Hostellerie Vivendum(Sorinnes near Dinant)

Les 7 Meuses (Riviere-Profondeville near Dinant)

La Besace (Crupet near Dinant)

Le Comptoir du gout(Ciney near Dinant)

Le Fou Est Belge (Heure near Dinant) Le Grilladon (Annevoie near Dinant)

 

 

 

Other Places of Interest

Leffe Abbey

In 1152, Henry the Blind, Earl of Namur, gave the Church of Leffe to the Premonstratensian Order of Floreffe. The monastery that developed as a result became an abbey in 1200. It has survived its fair share of disasters over the years, having been reconstructed in the 17th and 18th centuries, and plundered by French revolutionaries in 1794. The present buildings were sold in 1816 and transformed into workshops, but in 1903 were purchased by the exiled French Premonstratensian Order and restored as an abbey.

 

Open on Wednesdays and Sundays, at 3 pm sharp - duration of the visit: 1h

Freyr Chateau and Gardens

Dating from the 18th century, the magnificent Renaissance style residence on the river, has a refined and cosmopolitan interior. The sweeping classical gardens, laid out in formal French style, are home to 300-year-old orange trees and orangeries that are among the oldest of the country.

 

Open every day but times change seasonally

The Chateau of Spontin

Fortified castle whose defence system is still visible together with gardens, the river "Bocq" and waterfalls. Rectangular donjon with a 2m50 thick wall, dating from 1289. Small entrance castle and wall with corner towers. Cellars from the 9th century and framework of the 17the century.


The castle is closed

The Veves Castle

The castle, composed of five magnificent towers, is perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the picturesque village of Celles, which is ranked one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia"


Open every day from April to October

River Cruises

Dinant Rail-bikes

Discover the pleasure of the railbike. Relax while pedaling one or two hours on the old railway along the picturesque valley of the Molignée.

Suggested Hotels

Suggested Restaurants

Tourist Office of Dinant

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