Citadel of Dinant

Dinant, Belgium

The Citadel of Dinant (Citadelle de Dinant) was built in 1815 on a site which was originally fortified in 1051 when the region was ruled by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. The citadel overlooks the city of Dinant and the strategic Meuse river which runs through the town. It is open to the public.

Together with Huy, Liège and Namur, the Citadel of Dinant forms part of the so-called Meuse Citadels.

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Founded: 1815
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Reynaldo Navarro (10 months ago)
To get to the top you can either take the cable car or the 408 steps. The first one runs automatically without any control of a human being to enter or exit. In terms of the citadel, the views from the top is the highlight of the visit, which is worth it for me. If you are hungry you can sit down in a very spacious area and order some fries and sandwiches. Toilets? 0'50 to use them.
Alexis Aragonés - Melhem (13 months ago)
This town is one of the most beautiful places I have visited (in BE, even Europe) recently. It's stunning to find such beauty so close by to Brussels, surrounded by nature, castles and a sense of peace. Would recommend to anyone
Jessica Formen (14 months ago)
The citadel is a must do! We took the stairs up, which are around 400 steps. It's a workout for those who are not used to climbing stairs that much (like me) but you feel a lot more rewarded than when you take the cable car. There is an amazing view and interesting displays. Total price was 10€ pp as adult.
Gaurav Malik (2 years ago)
A good view of the city from the top, combined with a good museum to make people aware about Dinant’s history especially during the World War.
Reema Khan (2 years ago)
Nice city. You'll enjoy. It is better that you bring lunch from home so you can travel more and eat whenever wherever you want. The castle, the cave, and the cruise is the best.
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