Dinant Travel Guide

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  • View on Riverside Walk - Dinant
    View on Riverside Walk - Dinant
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Dinant Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful part of the Ardennes 

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     Faded glory perhaps? 

  • In a nutshell
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Dinant Things to Do

  • Bayard

    The rock that goes by the name of Bayard. Looks almost like a huge menhir, detached from the rock face to which it stands so close.


    Located in the small village of Spontin, we came across the medieval Spontin Castle. With its massive walls, its towers topped with slate and with its moat with drawbridge, the Castle is surrounded by the water's of the River Bocq. The castle belonged to the noble family of Beaufort, who between 1266 and 1284 built the main tower which is the core...


    Also located in the historic center of Bouvignes, at the north end of the count's castle ruins, [Crevecour], is the Church of St. Lambert. This parish church shows the greatness and prosperity enjoyed in the Middle Ages.The Church was consecrated in 1217, but in 1554, was burned by the Army of the King of France, Henri 11.In 1559, it was rebuilt.


    As we left Dinant, and followed the Meuse upstream of Namur, we could see what was left of the fortress of Crevecoeur, overlooking the city of Bouvignes.There is very little left, probably because it was directly involved in the defense system of the city of Bouvignes and County of Namur, Dinant and against the principality of Liege. The keep or...


    In 1613, it was decided to build a Convent on the left bank of the River Meuse.The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul occupied the Convent from 1838 to 1957. In 1978, it was classified an historical site. Today the various buildings are administered by the Public Social Assistance Centre.


    Did you know the town of Dinant had at least four Town halls, I didn't!The 1st one was actually erected as a Tower on the Bridge. Cramped it was, and where to move to, problem solved when in 1573, the tower and the bridge fell into the waters of the Meuse, and was carried away by a major flood. Temporarily, the Cloth Hall was used, then in 1585,...


    This was a very pleasant walk to do. I only walked on the Citadel side and then across the Bridge, but I really enjoyed it!Geese came to be fed, I had great view's of the massive Bridge further along the river, which most of the traffic used, and great view's of the other side of Town.Of course, on the other side, it would great for photo's of the...


    One of the Landmark's of Dinant, is the imposing Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame. It was rebuilt in Gothic style on its old foundations after falling rocks from the adjacent cliff partially destroyed the former Romanesque style church in 1227.An impressive Church from the outside with its Onion Dome and pair of Tower's.Inside was lovely too, many...


    This is a MUST DO!Located all the way along the Bridge, are brightly painted Saxaphone's, each with a plaque, and each from a different country.Adolphe Sax, born in Dinant in 1894, was the inventor of the saxophone and other musical instruments, so I guess this is why they are on display.Dinant hold's Saxaphone competition's and all type's of...


    Cruise's depart from Dock 5, every 30 min's for a 45 minute trip along the River Meuse passing by the towns of Dinant and Anseremme, past the steep slopes of the Valley of the Meuse, with its collegiate church, its citadel, the Rocher Bayard.Runs every day from 01/04 to the 02/11 ......FROM 10AM TO 6PM 45minute trip ONE - WAY- ADULT FARE = 5...


    As we were driving, there was no way that we could miss seeing the Bayard rock.Bayard Rock is a 100ft. high needle standing between the road and the River Meuse.It was at this point, the British stopped the advance of the German troops in December 1944, probably helped by a German vehicle hitting a Mine and exploding just before the Bayard...


    The Citadel, no I didn't go up, I chose to walk around the Town instead!I did notice the steep 408 steps to the top, too much nearing the end of a day, and then I saw there was a cable car, the shortest and steepest cable-car ride to be found anywhere in the world!Can you imagine how steep the step's would be, better than a gym workout whilst on...


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Dinant Restaurants

  • Good food and company!

    This restaurant is attached to the B&B. This small restaurant opens only on friday and saturday, though intended to serve the B&B guests we found non-guests were also eating here. Since we stayed at the B&B, the owner reserved us a table just next to the fireplace. With the candle light on our table, the dinners we've had were romantic but also...

  • Shocking pink walls...but delicious...

    Excellent food and impeccable service. A resident cat which doesn't even make its presence known though there is a sign outside if i am not wrong to remind you not to pat it in case you see it as it can be in one of its moods!Value for money!

  • Taste the couque

    Restaurant La Citadelle is the perfect place if you want to taste the local sweet: couque. It is a biscuit with a honey-sweetened flavor that is impressed with a carved wooden mold before baking.In the restaurant is also possible to have supper and dinner.


Dinant Transportation

  • Cableway

    From the dinant downtown you have two ways to reach the Citadelle 100 meters above the town: the first is on foot climbing 408 steps; the second is by cableway.The entrance fees, incluse the entrance to the Citadelle is 7.5 Euro a adult.

  • Scenic train ride

    The train ride from Namur to Dinant follows the Meuse River. The scenery along the way is very beautiful and all along the river there are large hills. Many of them are dotted with old of fortifications and stone walls.Dinant is about an hour away from Brussels.

  • Citadel Cable Car

    There are three ways to reach the fortress, the road which takes you up the back of the cliff, or you can climb up 420 steep steps from the front alternatively you can take the citadel cable car.The cable car station is next to the Notre Dame Church in the main high street. I can not remember how much it was, not expensive though


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    by DanielF Updated Aug 31, 2006

    Couques are the typical Dinant honey flavoured biscuits. Dinant's bakers make good use of their fantasy and offer couques in different sizes and shapes, but they are all really hard. I personally found them almost impossible to eat. As a matter of fact, couques were used as throwing weapons in the quarrels with the rival neighbouring town.

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Dinant Local Customs

  • The Importance of the Bridge

    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...

  • John Martin's Special Beer

    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 !!!

    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...


Dinant Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care, the danger is real!

    Take care, the danger is real! At Freyr , you must look out for falling from the rocks. Every year are victims who's don't take care.---oooOOOooo--- Alentour des rochers de Freyr, prenez garde aux chutes de pierres (et d'alpinistes, lol)Chaque année, certains sont victimes de chutes, par manque d'attention ?---oooOOOooo---

  • Not every one is a toreador !

    Not every one is a toreador !In some place, the farmers are not always carefully ! So, this happen that the cows escape.---oooOOOooo--- A certains endroits les fermiers ne sont pas toujours prudents! Il arrive parfois que des vaches s'échappent ! Faites attention et restez vigilants !---oooOOOooo---

  • Don't shoot the pianist !

    Don't shoot the pianist ! In the forest around, in the winter period , people frequently hunting.So, look out. Normally are the way to the hunting area closed and informations are hanging out.---oooOOOooo--- En forêt alentour, et en période hivernale, vous serrez parfois confrontés à une chasse.Faites donc attention ! Normalement les chemins...


Dinant Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Communication Tunnels

    In the old days, before modern technology, communication was basically as fast as messengers could run. The old fortress wall exisited for centuries along the top of the cliff wall, helping secure the defences.However, in the 1690's part of the corridor was buried to make it a tunnel, thereby making the communication tunnel more secure from enemy...

  • Tower of MonFort

    If you like historical architecture, walking the ~10minutes round trip to view the Tour de Monfort is worth a stop.It is a shame that it has now fallen into a state of disrepair since the grounds that it stands on are no longer open to the public. The tower, the walking path down, the hill by the caverns, the cafe/restaurant, etc. are all closed...

  • Spontin

    The small village of Spontin is located 11 Km north-east of Dinant along road N948. Here you can see a nice small castle built in 1289 by the Beaufort's count, it was modified in Renaissance and Baroque style and it is the anciest Belgium castle stillit is still inhabited.


Dinant Sports & Outdoors

  • Mountains in Belgium ?

    Mountains in Belgium ? Of course, not . The highest place in Belgium is less than 700 m high .But you possibilities for clinbing rockswalls in Freyr on 8 km from Dinant.The view on the river Meuse is amazing.---oooOOOooo--- Bien sur que non: pas de montagnes en Belgique! Le point culminant est de 694 m (signal de Botrange) Mais vous avez des...

  • in kayack on the river Lesse

    3 compagnies let kayacks in Anseremme.You can go for a trip during 3 or 5 ours. It seems that Kayacks Ansiaux are sheeper.there twoo places to start: Houyet or Gendron.Open from 8.30am till 5.30 pmFrom April the first to oktober 31Price for 2pers kayack 10 or 11 € belong the place you started.

  • Try it with a horse !

    You can discover the country with a horse, or ass !? there are different clubs around where you can ask for participide they activities.


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  • Get a local map from the tourist info...

    Walking and sightseeing around the city and the surrounding area is the cheapest and easiest way to experience Dinant, depending how long you could walk though ;)So, plan your walk carefully so you don't spend a lot of time only to find out where you are and how to get to your destination. There is a map in the tourist information office for...

  • The history of Dinant

    Due to its strategic location on the Meuse Valley, Dinant has had a tormented history of sieges, sackages, pillages, and destruction. The entire city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times and there are therefore not many historical buildings left. But the beauty of Dinant is in its wonderful location in the narrow flatland between the river...

  • Parking tip

    The centre of Dinant can be pretty busy and it's not easy to get rid of your car.besides, there are parking meters everywhere.We parked our car on the parking lot upon the rock, and took the gondola down to the centre. 5,50 euro/person, but the entrance to the citadel + guided tour is included. Afterwards we spent a few hours in Dinant. No stress...


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