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Dinant, Daughter of the Meuse


© OPT / Alessandra Petrosino / © OPT / J.P. Rémy / © OPT / J.L. Flémal

 

Dinant stretches out over a cliff and a river, deserving its title of "Daughter of the Meuse".


The birth city of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone (don't miss The House of Mr Sax), is literally boxed in between the Meuse and the rocks, giving it a genuine picturesque character.


In the past, the city could only be reached by boat: on one side of the city, the famous Bayard rock hung over the water and completely blocked the riverside, and on the other side of the city there was a leper-house.


The valleys surrounding the city boast impressive castles and abbeys (Notre-Dame of Leffe Abbey), eclectic museums (The Pataphonia Centre, The Maison du Patrimoine Médiéval Mosan in Dinant), traditional artisan breweries and many caves in the heart of an impressive natural countryside ('La Merveilleuse" Grotto in Dinant).


From the cable-car that takes you to the Dinant Citadel, fortress in the Meuse Valley, at an altitude of 100 meters, you have a breathtaking view on the Meuse.


Besides the local beers, you should definitely sample the locals’ pride and joy: the famous "couques de Dinant" (Couques V. Collard 1774 - traditional biscuits, Couques Jacobs - biscuits).