Dinant! What is it? Where is it? What happens there? Those and few more were the questions I had when I first read ‘Dinant’. The very first picture I saw of Dinant, was the below one. And at that moment itself, I finalized it as one of the places to see during my Be–Lux’14 trip!
Dinant is a small town that lies in Walloon region of Belgium along the River Meuse and is around 1.5 hours train ride from Brussels Central Station. Dinant is all about it’s Citadel, Notre Dame Cathedral and above all Saxophones. Every street has some kind of Saxo contribution – in the form of pictures, monuments, street lights & cartoons. The bridge in front of citadel is full of colorful saxophone, each one having the name of one of the EU nations. I was actually quite surprised to see so many saxophones and thought there is some kind of event/festival going in the town. But I quickly learned that how much the town is proud of their invention. A true respect and devotion!
We were in Dinant for only 1 day. We traveled to Dinant from Luxembourg City with a change of trains at Libramont. We visited the Cathedral Notre Dame first, then climbed the 408 steps to the Citadel, instead of taking the cable way up. The view from the citadel was spectacular.
The rest of the day we were strolling through different parts of the town! The only thing we missed was the Limestone Cave ‘Grotte de Dinant’ – it’s hardly 10 minutes away on foot from the town center. We did actually reached the place before it was closed, but we had to wait like 45 minutes for the next tour to start! So, we decided instead to go back to the other side of the town. Now I think, after reading the review of it, we should have waited for that! In the evening, we had a nice & long evening walk along the river, almost from one end of the town to other!
We stayed in Hotel Ibis, which is like 10 minutes away from the Citadel and is along side river. The hotel was pretty decent, had all sort of amenities. We had a room over looking the river and the other side of the town. It was nice and I would definitely recommend the place to stay. They even have a small restro bar. They had the nice breakfast menu as well with good selection of drinks.
At the end, let me present you the other view of the town, without any of it’s famous attractions 🙂