When the weather is nice, taking a boat trip to Dinant is a fantastic alternative to enjoy the landscape of the Meuse valley and its little towns.
The ride takes about three hours and the boats stops for two hours in Dinant. Check out the times in advance, as they do not run every day in the week.
Favorite thing: Namur has a pleasant and well preserved city centre, full of old buildings which date back mostly to the XVII century. In addition, most of the streets are pedestrianised and lined with animated cafés and restaurants. A really enjoyable and comfortable city to explore on foot.
The website: www.la-carte.be gathers more than 100 restaurants in Namur, each one with indoor/outdoors photos and the menu (and prices).
You can also find there the contact details to reserve the best table.
There is nothing like the view up here. We were
soon very bored in the casino and we needed
some fresh air. We drove up the citadel with
our car and almost had the complete hill for us
alone. Almost : a few romantic couples , some
friends emptying a bottle of wine...
This picture was taken on the parking of
perfume house Delforge if you drive up
the hill behind the casino. The view is
You can walk if your in good shape. ;-)
You don't drive when you had some alcohol.
(adventurous road , not lighted everywhere...)
How to take a picture at night ?
Simple , put you camera on the car or a wall..
put your flash on , put the self timer on ,
on put your camera in slow shutter time ,(night)
push that button.
From archaeological excavations we now know that the CONFLUENCE of the rivers MEUSE & SAMBRE was already occupied in the 8th millennium BC, which I think is spectacular and thrilling to realise!
The ROMANS arrived a decade or so BC on the left bank of the SAMBRE.
During the Middle Ages, this city grew and grew and in the 15th Century, the County of Namur came under the tutelage of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy.
Namur then retained extensive administrative autonomy but....followed the fate of the Burgundy States until 1506.......not that it was FREE again..........no, it then became part of the SPANISH NETHERLANDS until 1713 and then of the AUSTRIAN NETHERLANDS until 1794............are we all just TOO STUPID to leave each other alone??????
I think that I have to answer: YES, FAR TOO STUPID & MEAN & GREEDY!
In the 18th Century, the bastioned surrounding wall lined the old ramparts of the town, a real fortress now, that developed through the ages to the rhythm of the sieges it had to endure!
And so NAMUR became one of the most coveted fortified places and was therefore more than once destroyed by waves of besiegers.
But at long last the people of Namur where able to catch their breaths and started rebuilding their city again....
And the "18th Century look" it adopted has been preserved to the present day.
And then rich private individualists built mansions, religious communities built churches and the authoraties (civil) erected its own buildings and in this way the masterpieces of Namur's architectural heritage came into being.
At the end of the 20th Century the City undertook many urban renovation and embellishment works..........just to bring out the BEST of its architectural treasures that we are able to admire TODAY!!
Fondest memory: In the picture: the Church of St. Loup, which will get my extra attention in a few more TIPS....
You too, will be impressed by the vast rocky spur that is overhanging the confluence of the rivers MEUSE & SAMBRE, because really everyone is!
I for one love exploring CONFLUENCES of rivers...that is such a special thing.....see my STEYR (AUSTRIA) page e.g. and there are more reports in my pages......
It is such an important / strategic location that is has been coveted from very early on......
Already in the Middle Ages it was the seat of Government of the important County of NAMUR.
Through the ages and of course the modernisation of weaponry, this fortified estate expanded and became a fortified place and............bone of contention for the great powers of EUROPE.....
But for us: there are 5 pathways that have been laid out by the City of Namur (with the support of the European Union and the Walloon Region).
These walkways are dotted with explanations and relate the history of the CITADEL and the military techniques and changes it has witnessed through the Centuries.
These 5 tours are FREE OF CHARGE and interlink the different attractions of the site: guided tours of the fortifications and subterrenean passages, a tour by small train, exhibitions on the history of the places and the archaeological discoveries; also a visit to a PERFUME studio housed in a Spanish casermate.
And...there is a large playground and much much more, also for the younger ones!
At the very top are parking facilities but also in town.
Guided tours are available on REQUEST.
In case you would want more info...
+32(0)81 24 64 49 telephone or
have a look here: www.citadelle.namur.be
Fondest memory: Goofing about this place for hours on end on a fine Autumn day.......
AT YOUR SERVICE in the centre of NAMUR!
The very city centre of NAMUR combines the delights of a stroll with the pleasure of the amazing diversity of shops, craftsmen's studios and wonderful STATELY HOMES.
You will find here: regional products, jewellery, accessories, furniture and last but not least CLOTHING.....
Namur has all advantages of a large city in a pleasant atmosphere......and, which I like.....on a human scale........comfortable shoes and off you go.....
Fondest memory: WALKING there all over the place......taking in the atmosphere, that wondrous mixture of ancient, medieval and present.....
Favorite thing: The oldest still existing church is the late-gothic St. John's church. The main prayer house, however, is the St. Alban's Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint Aubin). Built between 1751 and 1767 it clearly shows the Italian education of its architect Gaetano Pizzoni who came from Milan. Pizzoni had the cathedral constructed on the site of a former Romanesque church, of which only the tower has survived. In the cathedral is the grave with the heart of Don Juan of Austria, Spanish governor of the Netherlands who died in 1578. He conquered the Turks in the sea battle at Lepanto. His body lies buried in the Escorial in Madrid.
Walk through the streets of Namur.
Visit the travelogues to view more photos of a walk through the city
Fondest memory: The story about the people of Namur.
They are told to be very slow, taking it very easy.
And there are these two figures Alphonse et François, who where walking to the train station. After quite some time, one of them said to the other 'psssst... I am not feeling very comfortable... have the idea we are being followed. Have you seen those two creepy animals behind us? They have been following for the past 2 miles!'
hahaha well that is why they cage the snales you see... they would 'run' away or move to fast for those two guys and they never would be able to catch up with them!
Walk up the hill (or take the touristic season bus) and visit the citadel.
Enjoy the view down the city and go down the hill looking at the different etages of the construction of the Citadel.
Fondest memory: Magnificient view in Autum!
Visit the travelogues to view more photos about the citadel area
Belgium is divided into 3 languages communities.
Namur is the capital of the Walloon part (language is French).
This is the very nice building of the Government, near the Meuse River.
Fondest memory: Unfortunately, the people are working there and it's impossible to visit it !!!
NAMUR AND ITS PROVINCE : 52 museums are listed in the province (almost 12 museums in Namur City). The Rops museum is among the most frequently visited and the museum of Groesbeeck de Croix too, which immerses its visitors in the atmosphere of a Namur mansion house in the 18th century, or even the museum of the Halle Al Chair, where people are able to realize how the town was laid out in the 17th century, on the basis of a relief map.
Lovers of fine works will have a good time at the Moretus Plantin university library, rich in 800,000 books. It houses its 25,000 most outstanding volumes in a precious reserve among which the polyglot Bible of Plantin, the description of Egypt commanded by Bonaparte or even the encyclopaedia of Diderot.
The province also has its books, such as 'Toine Culot' by Arthur Masson or, in quite another genre, the dictionary of modern French by Joseph Hanse.
Namur as the birthplace of Henri Michaux also hosts the Maison de la poésie set up in the heart of the Namur pedestrian district. Elsewhere in the province, heritage and culture also get on well together. During the summer months, castles and abbeys provide a backdrop to the classical concerts of the Festivals.
Fondest memory: Of course : THIS IS THE CITADEL OF NAMUR !!!!!
Favorite thing: I'VE NEVER ENOUGH OF THE BEAUTIFUL CITADEL !!!! The Citadel of Namur served as a strategic bastion, attracting wave upon wave of attacks and experiencing an equally determined series of reconstructions and reinforcements. The most famous of these contests occurred in the late 17th century, during the War of the Grand Alliance. In 1692, the renowned fortress architect and siege engineer Vauban took Namur for the French while Louis XIV himself looked on. Vauban strengthened Namur so well that it was thought impregnable, but only three years later it was taken in less than a month by the forces of William of Orange.
The most important sightseeings of Namur are :
- its Citadel (Tour Joyeuse, Fortifications, Perfumery Guy Delforge and his workshop)
- Classical St Aubain Cathedral
- Baroque Church St Loup
- Museums : Félicien Rops, famous painter ; 12 museums to discover
- Pedestrian area : old areas called rue des Brasseurs, place du Marché aux Légumes
Fondest memory: Some years ago, I studied tourism ... I worked at the Tourism Office of Namur, I was also guide in this beautiful historic city.
Favorite thing: In the center of La Roche you find the tourist office, here you can buy a mountainbike map. This map shows all the mountainbike tours in the area. You can choose the loop which matches the most with your condition. When you are in a good condition, you can combine different loops to increase the distance. Anyway you need a certain condition to bike overhere, because the area isn't flat at all. Also because La Roche is located in a valley, so when you start you always have to climb out the valley.