The usual stalactites and stalagmites. Our young guide was very obliging switching between French and English just so we would not be left out. If you have visited caves in China, this wouldn't be that impressive. ....but if you have the time and the money, why not?
Adolphe Sax is one of the most important sons of Dinant. He borned here in 1814 and he best known for inventing the saxophone. In his house you can see some examples of saxophones and music. A big statue is located in front of the house.
The other important man of Dinant was Dominique Pire who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958.
St.Martin's Gate was the ancient Salmier or Sibert gate which was incorporated in the ramparts and gives on the bank. On the wall you can see an inscription, dating 1637, says "ique la paix et la sauvegarde soient données a ceux qui servent la neutralité (may peace and safety be granted to those who serve neutrality).
The Citadelle was built in the eleventh century on the rock above the town. It was rebuilt in 1530 by the bishops of Liège and destroyed by French in 1708. The Dutch rebuilt it in the actual shape between 1818 and 1821. Nowday it is the home of the Musée d'Armes where you can see weapons and Belgian customs. From the terrace you have a fantastic view over the town.
The stained glass windows of the Collegiale Notre Dame are wonderful. In the apse you you can see some nice examples showing saints and apostles. The best stained glass windows is the big one you can see in the right transept: it shows episodes of the New and of the Old Will.
You can see more photos on the travelogue.
The interior of Collegiale Notre Dame is amazing: it has got three naves with a nice green light coming fromt he windows. As you can see from the photos the interior is in Gothic style with high pillars. Very nice is the wooden pulpit with saints. On the main altar there is a very nice altarpiece made in the 16th century with scenes of the life of Christ.
The Collegiale Notre Dame have got two gateways. On the west gateway (which was under restauration in 2008) you can see scenes of the universal judgment made in the 16th century; on the south one (built in 1375), on the cusps, you can see the Lady, the resurrection and apostles.
Collegiale Notre Dame is probably the main attraction of the town and it is the perfect sobject of photos witn on the background the Citadelle.
The cathedral was built on the ruins of a previous church that was destroyed by a rock in the 1227. The actual church was built among 1227 and 1279 in Gothic style. The facade of the cathedral is incomplete and among the two incomplete towers was built the beautiful bulb bell tower in 1566.
You can see the whole facade from the other side of the River Meuse.
Well it's not so bad but it's definitely not really a 'challenge'. A little bit of everything.
It was quite fun. We did the longer path, 4 hours (gross - half an hour of lunch and waiting here and there and walking from place to place included. 2.5 hours netto) for 27,50 euro.
The visit in the 'cave' was terrible - you just crawl in dirt and that's it.
Climbing on trees was quite fun but quite easy.
The 2nd part was nicer. But still - don't expect too much.
By the way - no requirements of shape or fitness. Just don't have terrible fear of heights.
By the way - the address is NOT where it starts. It's just the office where you pay. Then you have to drive 10km and walk about a kilometer to where it starts. So come on time.
Visit the church of Foy Notre Dame
The place is a sanctury and pelgrimage place since 1625. On the celling there are 145 peint on woud. I take a pic but the bad quality (to dark) can't be published.
It is open al year round from 10 am to 6 pm.
Le village et son église sont lieux de pèlerinage depuis 1625. Remarquable sont les peintures sur bois du plafond . J'ai essayer de les photographier sans succès (trop sombre)
L'église est ouverte toute l'année de 10 à 18 heures
Le Château de Vêves
Directly out the 13th century ,with 5 towers. You visit the appartments. There you see the 18th century mubilair, ...
The price for the visit is 5.5 € for individuals and 3.00€ for the childrens.
The visit take an our.
Opening ours are variable with the seasons.
Open from 10 am to 5 in the winter or 6 pm in the summer period. Close on Monday
Nous venant tout droit du 13ème siècle, avec ses 5 tours. On visite les appartements ou est exposé du mobilier 18ème,...
Le prix de la visite est (début 2007!) de 5,5€ pour adultes et 3 € pour les enfants.
Ouvert de 10 à 17 (hiver) ou 18 (été)heures. Fermé le Lundi
Have a look on the river Meuse
Freyr is a site on top of the rock walls. You see the river , the people who's climbing and the Freyr castle on the over side of the river Meuse.
You can try an Belgian beer on the other side of the N97 way. (see customs pages on my Belgium page)
Freyr est un site situé au sommet des rochers surplombant la rivière. Depuis le point de vue, on peut admirer l'adresse des "alpinistes" au cours de leurs ascensions.
De l'autre côté de la Meuse, le château de Freyr impressionnant avec ses beaux jardins et fontaines.
On peut déguster une bière belge de l'autre côté de la route N 97 (voir à customs page Belgique!)
Have a look on the rocky Bayard
When you come back from Freyr to Dinant you must passed along the famous rock.
The legend says that the horse (Bayard) of a local prince touch here the side of the rocks and spring on the other side of the river Meuse.
En revenant de Freyr vers Dinant vous passerez forcément par le fameux rocher Bayard.
La légende raconte que le cheval (Bayard) emmena ici un prince local en un seul saut de l'autre côté du fleuve.
Take a walk.
If you don't walk on long distance you can take a walk along the Meuse.
It's cold this Sunday morning, perfect weather for discover on feet
Si vous n'êtes pas adepte de grande randonnée, vous pouvez toujours vous promener agréablement le long de la Meuse.
Il faisait froid, ce dimanche matin,un temps idéal pour découvrir à pieds
Visit the museum of Leffe
The museum was closed when we were there but I now that it give a good idea of the history of the abbey and the beer of Leffe
Le musée était fermer lors de notre passage mais je sais qu'il vous donne là un bon aperçu de l'histoire de l'abbaye et de la bière de Leffe.