From the top of the citadel's watchtower the Walloon flag flies proudly, for Namur
is the capital of the southern, French-speaking region of Belgium
you need to choose the 'Any Belgian ticket'
option in the destination box and change
in Brussels Midi to take a Belgian domestic Intercity train.
Namur where the region has its own Parliament and Government. Discover the authentic charm of Namur
and its rich cultural heritage.
An absolue must-see, the Citadel - Terra Nova
presides over the city from atop a rocky outcrop. The Counts of Namur
lived there from as early as the 10th century, and it was one of the largest fortresses in Europe. Gather your troops and attack - as Louis XIV did in his time. In front of the Palace of the Counts of Namur
within the citadel area you'll see the key dates in the history of the town engraved on the "Spiral of Time". Take the time to walk around this green and (now) peaceful area. At the top of the hill, you'll find the Reine Fabiola Adventure Park
, ideal if you're looking for family things to do and see in Namur
The "termite mound of Europe" according to Napoleon, the citadel hill comprises a warren of underground tunnels (7 kilometres) which you can explore, with galleries and unusual military relics.
Follow your nose, and check out the Guy Delforge Perfumery
where you can learn all about the complex processes involved with artisan perfume-making and even inspect the olfactory laboratory there.
In the historic town centre, learn all about one of Namur
's most famous natives, Félicien Rops, artist and printmaker of the 19th century, at the Félicien Rops Museum
. Friend of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the libertine Rops became the darling of the Paris
scene, with his risqué "Mythology of sins".
Don't miss the splendidly curvaceous late baroque Cathedral of Saint Aubain
, a fantastic example of a style which is extremely rare in Belgium
A stone's throw beyond this, the Groesbeeck de Croix Museum
restores a certain 19th century aristocratic elegance.
likes to play, and the city hosts two big festivals of street performance: Namur in May
and the Namur Circus Festival
. At the gates of the Ardenne mountains, Namur
offers a delightful glimpse into the region of Wallonia which looks more attractive than ever.