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Dinant

Belgium

Enchanting, charming, quaint... It may be hard to believe it, but Dinant is just as beautiful as it looks in pictures. This riverside city in Belgium's French-speaking Walloon region is less well-known than Bruges or Brussels, but we'd argue that it's much more interesting. Located on the picturesque River Meuse in south-central Belgium, Dinant has been populated since Neolithic times. Conveniently situated just 90 minutes by train from Bruges, Dinant is the perfect spot for a day trip or overnight city break.

Things to do in Dinant

With such a long history, it should come as no surprise that there's no shortage of landmarks and sites to see, with the Citadel of Dinant one of the most popular landmarks. The Citadel fortress was built into a rocky cliff 1815 to protect the city from incoming marauders. These days, it's open to the public and affords spectacular views of the city and river below.

Another distinctive landmark in Dinant is the iconic Collégiale Notre-Dame dAe Dinant, with its bulbous grey tower that dates back to the 16th century. Step inside to see the church's splendid stained glass windows.

Adolphe Sax

One of Dinant's claims to fame is that it was the hometown of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the saxophone. It's a fact that locals are clearly proud of, and visitors can tour Mr Sax's former home in the city centre. At La Maison de Monsieur Sax (Mr Sax's House), you'll learn all about his life, work and inventions (he was also responsible for inventing the lesser-known saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba!) Admission is free.

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