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Situated on the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, Namur is known as the "gateway to the Ardennes," and rightly so. It’s the first town you reach southeast of Brussels that really feels clear of the more industrial north and west of the country, and it’s situated amidst countryside that is just beginning to roll and pucker, heralding the thick wooded hills and deep, lush valleys of the Ardennes region beyond. It’s a beautiful area, no question, and Namur makes a great place from which to explore some of it, a cluster of small streets and bustling squares sandwiched between the two rivers, and dominated by the vast citadel that crowns ...

Situated on the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, Namur is known as the "gateway to the Ardennes," and rightly so. It’s the first town you reach southeast of Brussels that really feels clear of the more industrial north and west of the country, and it’s situated amidst countryside that is just beginning to roll and pucker, heralding the thick wooded hills and deep, lush valleys of the Ardennes region beyond. It’s a beautiful area, no question, and Namur makes a great place from which to explore some of it, a cluster of small streets and bustling squares sandwiched between the two rivers, and dominated by the vast citadel that crowns the ridge to the south. There is lots to see in the town, not least the exquisite medieval gold and silver work of the Trésor du Prieuré d’Oignies, and the intriguing – and sometimes macabre – paintings drawing at the Felicien Rops museum. But it’s also a good base for other attractions – the Abbey of Floreffe and landscaped Jardins d’Annevoie, and indeed the Meuse river itself, which winds south in stately fashion to the dramatically sited town of Dinant.

Martin Dunford
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Martin Dunford is the author or coauthor of eight Rough Guides: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Brussels, Belgium & Luxembourg, Italy, Rome, Naples & the Amalfi Coast, and New York City.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in northern Belgium, approximately 40 miles from the capitol city of Brussels.
  • Language: Flemish and French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, summer, early fall