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DinantBelgium

With an ancient citadel, a gothic cathedral and a museum dedicated to the creator of the saxophone, this riverside town in southern Belgium has a lot to offer.

From the medieval citadel atop limestone cliffs, you can see how the picturesque town of Dinant is packed tightly between the River Meuse and the rock walls that tower over it. See an outstanding example of gothic architecture, cruise along the river, explore a cliff top castle and dine on regional specialties.

The town’s most striking features are its cathedral and citadel. The gothic Notre Dame Cathedral de Dinant dates back to the 13th century, with the addition of a pear-shaped bell tower in the 16th century. After touring the majestic church, take the cable car that runs from here up to the Citadel.

Wander through the rooms and corridors of this vast medieval fortress and view its weaponry exhibits. From the terrace café, enjoy unsurpassed views of the Meuse Valley and Dinant.

When you are back down in the town, go to Adolph Sax House, where the inventor of the saxophone grew up. Today, it is a museum where you can learn about the origin of the woodwind instrument.At Maison de la Pataphonie, play with everyday objects such as bottles and cutlery that have been turned into musical instruments.

Across the river is the Museum of Meuse Medieval Heritage, where you will see examples of Dinant’s brassware, an important craft industry here since medieval times. Close to Dinant’s railway station is one of the town’s most fascinating sights, La Merveilleuse. Go on a guided tour of the cave to see an abundance of stalagmites and stalactites.

When you visit the town’s cafés, try the regional specialties. Dinant is known for its Flamiche, a type of cheese tart and honey flavored Couque de Dinant biscuits. Dunk these sweet treats in a warm drink before biting into them because their hard consistency is legendary.

Reach Dinant by flying into Brussels and then drive or take the train south for approximately 60 miles (97 kilometers). Many of the town's main attractions are within a short walking distance of each other. A nice way to get a feel for Dinant’s architecture, history and scenic beauty is on a boat cruise along the river.

Where to stay in Dinant

Leffe, Dinant, Walloon Region, Belgium

Leffe

Travellers like the historical sites in Leffe, and Dinant Citadel is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Leffe

Top hotels in Dinant

ibis Dinant Centre
ibis Dinant Centre
3 out of 5
Rempart d'Albeau 16, Dinant
The price is £63 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (421 reviews)
Great choice

"Very clean room, excellent location and friendly staff. Would def go back again."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

ibis Dinant Centre
Castel de Pont-à-Lesse Hotel
Castel de Pont-à-Lesse Hotel
3 out of 5
Rue de Pont-à-Lesse, 36, Dinant
The price is £71 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Situated in Dinant, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rocher Bayard, Les bains de Dinant and Dinant Cathedral. Dinant Citadel and Furfooz Park are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (220 reviews)

"Overall an okey stay but the rooms were outdated and the price was too high for what it was. Also, we tried the spa area but it wasn’t very clean so we left after 5 minutes.. that was disappointing."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2020

Castel de Pont-à-Lesse Hotel
Hôtel Aquatel
Hôtel Aquatel
2 out of 5
Rue du Vélodrome, 15, Dinant
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Rocher Bayard and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Dinant Cathedral ...

3.9/5Very Good! (30 reviews)
Great place

"Even arriving very late in the evening, all was prepared for us. The room was very comfortable and quiet. We will visit again."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Hôtel Aquatel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Dinant

Le Toit de Dinant
Le Toit de Dinant
3 out of 5
Rue Saint Jacques 40, Dinant
The price is £122 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

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 ...

Le Toit de Dinant
Le Saxo Cuivré Apartment for 4 People in the Heart of Dinant
Le Saxo Cuivré Apartment for 4 People in the Heart of Dinant
Rue Adolphe sax, 22, Dinant, Walloon Region
The price is £109 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Located in Leffe, this apartment building is steps away from Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Leffe Notre Dame Abbey are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Wonderful views

"The apartment was ideally located, clean cozy, and with fantastic views!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

Le Saxo Cuivré Apartment for 4 People in the Heart of Dinant
Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River
Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River
3.5 out of 5
Rue des Orfèvres 12, Dinant, Walloon Region

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 ...

Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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