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Dinant Citadel

Embark on a tour of Dinant's ancient hilltop fortress. Learn about the city's turbulent past and see a collection of historical weapons of war.

Dinant Citadel is an impressive defensive structure that sits atop a large rock overlooking the city. Explore the citadel’s corridors, dungeons and weapons museum for a fascinating trip that covers more than 900 years of the city’s past.

The first fort on this site was built in the middle of the 11th century, while the current building dates back to the early 19th century. To reach the grand complex, walk up the 408 steps, which were installed in 1577. If that sounds like too much of a challenge, take the cable car instead. When you arrive at the summit, you will be 328 feet (100 meters) above the city. From here, the views of Dinant and the River Meuse are staggering.

Venture inside and browse artifacts, dioramas and information panels that cover key moments in Dinant’s history. Among the topics that are explored is the sacking of the city in the 15th century by Charles the Bold.

Visit the kitchen and the bakery to learn about the daily life of the soldiers who were stationed here. Stop by the small weapons museum and then go to the space dedicated to the battles of August 1914. The citadel and its surrounding area witnessed fierce skirmishes between German and French troops and more than 600 civilians were massacred. Also within the fort’s environs are parts of old cannons and cannonballs.

The citadel is above the eastern bank of the La Meuse River in the heart of Dinant. In addition to the cable car and steps, it can also be reached by road. Two free parking lots are available for drivers.

Dinant Citadel is open throughout the year, although times vary according to the season. Check the official website of the citadel for the most up-to-date information. The main season is between April and September, during which time daily guided tours are available. Admission charges apply with discounts for children aged between 4 and 12.


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ibis Dinant Centre £64
ibis Dinant Centre

ibis Dinant Centre

Rempart d'Albeau 16, Dinant
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Dinant, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Grotte La Merveilleuse are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dinant Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre £61
    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre

    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre

    42 Rue Adolphe Sax, Dinant, Wallonie
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Leffe, this guesthouse is steps away from Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Les voisins de Mr Sax £58
      Les voisins de Mr Sax

      Les voisins de Mr Sax

      Rue Adolphe Sax 26, 5500 Dinant, Belgium, Dinant
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Leffe, this guesthouse is steps away from Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Leffe Notre Dame Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 6 minutes by foot.

        Le Toit de Dinant £124
        Le Toit de Dinant

        Le Toit de Dinant

        Rue Saint Jacques 40, Dinant
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dinant, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River
          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River

          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River

          Rue des Orfèvres 12, Dinant, Walloon Region
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Leffe, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dinant Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel
            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel

            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel

            25, avenue de la Deportation, Dinant
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dinant, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Grotte La Merveilleuse are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dinant Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden
              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden

              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden

              Rue du Pont de Pierre 7, Dinant, Walloon Region
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Rocher Bayard and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dinant Citadel. Dinant Cathedral and Les bains de Dinant are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dinant Station is 28 minutes by foot.

                Hôtel Aquatel £62
                Hôtel Aquatel

                Hôtel Aquatel

                Rue du Vélodrome, 15, Dinant
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Rocher Bayard and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Dinant Cathedral are also within 3 miles (5 km). Anseremme Station is 5 minutes by foot.