Dinant, truly a picturesque town, is located in the middle of the Ardennes region. Due it’s location on the riverbanks of the Meuse river, Dinant is nicknamed “Daughter of the Meuse”. The historical town spans between the cliffs and riverbanks and is overlooked by the historical citadel on top of the cliffs which offers a breathtaking view over the town centre.
Travel to Dinant
Dinant is the perfect destination for a day trip in Belgium. The town is quite compact and most highlights you can see in about 3-4 hours. Due to the geographical location, the greater area of the municipality of Dinant is also the perfect base for discovering the Ardennes region.
Dinant is located at about 30km’s south of Namur. Travelers with their own motorized vehicle can either follow the E411 highway from Namur and take exit 20. Alternatively, the N92 offers a more scenic route from Namur to Dinant.
Trains to Dinant:
There are no direct trains from Brussels to Dinant, but you can take the IC train to Namur where you can switch to the IC train to Dinant.
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For more information visit the Belgium Public Transport Guide.
Sightseeing in Dinant:
The town is quite small and can be easily explored on foot. A cable ride will bring you to the top of the cliffs where you can take a tour in the old Citadel. The church of our lady can be accessed for free and is definitely worth a visit.
Things to see & do in Dinant:
- Take a tour of the old citadel
- Visit the Church of Our Lady
- Visit the Caves “Grottes de Merveilleuse”
- Take a boat cruise on the river “Meuse”
- Go Kayaking on the river “Lesse”
- Visit a spa: “Les Bains de Dinant“
- Visit the casino
Things to do near Dinant:
- Visit Nature Parc Furfooz
- Visit the Castle of Vêves
- Visit the Maredsous Abbey
- Visit the Leffe Abbey
The Abbey’s near Dinant are responsible for some of the finest local specialties: Beer and cheese.
Leffe Abbey gained international fame for their strong beers, although the production has moved to the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. Leffe is available in blond and brown, with the latter one my absolute personal favorite. Which better place is there to drink it then at the Leffe Café in Dinant, offering you the best view on the river.
The Maredsous abbey also gained national fame for it’s beer as well as it’s cheese. Maredsous blond has a alcohol percentage of 6% Maredsous brown has 8% alcohol and Maredsous Amber holds 10% alcohol. Combine these strong beers with the delicious Maredsous cheese for the best tasting sensation.
Where to go next?
30 km to Namur
60 km to La Roche en Ardenne
50 km to Durbuy