If you are visiting the French province in Wallonia in Belgium one thing to absolutely not miss is the tiny town of Dinant. As you walk out of the train station you will find yourself on the banks of the Meuse river, as you look across the river you will be met with one of the most beautiful cityscapes in Belgium. Traditional brick buildings in warm colours line the river, in the middle of the buildings stands the picture perfect Collegiate Church of Our Lady faces the river shining with it’s remarkable stained glass windows. And above it all, more than 100 metres above the river sits the Dinant citadel.
How to get to Dinant
How to spend a day in Dinant
The main thing to do in Dinant is explore the citadel. A fortification may have stood on this spot as long ago as the fourth century, but the citadel in it’s present form dates back to the early 19th century. You can get up by either walking up 408 stairs (nope), or you can take the cable car. Can you guess which I did?
There isn’t a whole lot to see at the citadel. There is an arms museum which you can check out, but the main reason to come to the citadel is for the views.
The Collegiate Church of Our Lady is one of the most picturesque buildings in town. If you are lucky you might be able to catch an organ performance. Otherwise enjoy the Gothic architecture. The best way to enjoy this church, is from across the river. The church is really the cherry on the top of the incredible view that Dinant offers.
Just 500 metres from the main bridge you will find the entrance to La Merveilleuse Caves of Dinant. This cave system is known as being the most beautiful in Belgium and is characterized by its fine white stalactites and waterfalls. Tours last about 50 minutes and is not too strenuous.
Got a bit extra time? Exploring the three main attractions above should easily take you a good half day, but if you have some extra time head to the tourist office in Dinant where you can get a map of short walks in the area.