Dinant

Overview

Introduction

One of the most picturesque towns in the Ardennes, Dinant (62 mi/100 km southeast of Brussels) is sandwiched between the Meuse River and a backdrop of cliffs. Atop those cliffs is a citadel that can be reached by climbing 420 steps or (more easily) by cable car. In summer, we recommend taking a boat trip along the river.

The hometown of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, Dinant has the onion-domed Church of Notre Dame and the fascinating La Merveilleuse cave (impressive white stalactites and waterfalls). Just outside town is Rocher Bayard, a 130-ft/40-m rock pillar. A bit farther afield, north of Dinant in Annevoie, are spectacular 18th-century water gardens, with 20 ornamental lakes and ponds fed by water jets. The Castle of Celles-Veves, a magnificent feudal castle in Celles-Houyet, 6 mi/10 km southwest of Dinant, is also worth visiting.

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