Several factors have made Dinant an important town in history. But you cannot put either the bridge over the river, or the citadel in front of the other, they are comparable to the chicken and the egg dilemma.
When Dinant was coming into its glory days, bridges only existed about every 30km over the river, therefore crossings were rare, important and heavily guarded.
It is not a coincidence that citadel at Dinant is adjacent to the bridge. It has three large cannons that point directly at the bridge to deter invasions.
The original bridge was installed in the 11th century by the Waulsort Monks. The pilings of the original bridge are now on display in the citadel museum since they spent about 900 years in the river until being removed during construction of the current bridge.
John MARTIN's Special Beer, how could I NOT try "MY" beer...well John's beer anyway..once again was trying to sample as many of the various local Belgian beers as possible in the short time we were there.
Cookies, yes cookies ! The people of Dinant make fancy cookies of every size and shape, literally. We saw cookies of animals, fruits, fish, boats, even of the town itself...Some as large as 20" or more across. If you have ever seen the science fiction film "The Monster Who Ate Hollywood", well here is your chance to emulate it, purchase a cookie of the city of Dinant and totally consume it, you may go down in history.
You can find these cookies in many bakeries along the city streets.
If it has something to do with the cupper-craftmenship in Dinant, I don;t know, but ... it is the base-material for the instrument. While father Sax built more traditional instruments his son Adolph experimented with pipes and twisters himself a lot. Eventually his masterpiece became the Saxophone and since then Dinant and Sax (as well as the nusical style that wouldn't fully exist without this instrument: the) Jazz are inseperatable. In the town one finds a modest monument and everywhere one hears jazzy tones ...
Until some centuries ago Dinant was the centre of fine cupper (Cuprum) and other metal craftmenship. It was so famous throughout Western Europe that it even gave it's name to a whole line of these craftworks: "Dinandery". In present days there are still some little factories, though the production is more or less in the line of tourist souvenirs, while cupper is not so much used as metal for kitchen or other home-ecquipment.