Dinant, jazzy little town along the Meuse

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Dinant, with the citadel on the rocks
Dinant could be decribed as a miniature version of Namur, the two towns lie close together and both are situated along the Meuse, they even both have an imposing citadel overlooking the town. Dinant is much smaller though, with only around 10,000 inhabitants. It is quite a touristy place, known for the typical Ardennes activities such as kayaking and rock climbing. Not far from the town you can see Rocher Bayard, a famous rock that is said to have been split in two when the mythical horse Bayard jumped across the Meuse from this rock, splitting it in two with its hooves.
Dinant had a quite turbulent past for such a small town, for example Charles the Bold punished the city by making 800 inhabitants jump into the Meuse and drowning them, after which he set the town on fire.
Dinant, home of the Sax
During World War I hundreds of civilians were executed by German forces, an event that became often used in English propaganda vs germany. French lieutenant (and future general and  president) Charles de Gaulle was wounded fighting on the main bridge over the Meuse here. In the Second World War Dinant was the spot where the Battle of the Bulge, the German last Counter offensive, was finally halted. Yet, the town looks very peaceful now.
We didn’t visit the Citadel here since we were still pretty tired from walking all around the Namur one, however, the lazy among us will be happy to hear that unlike with the citadel in Namur, here you can take a cable cart to the top rather than taking the hundreds of steps.
Dinant is also the town where Adolphe Sax, inventor of the Saxophone, was born and this will be quite obvious to any visitor, since little saxophone signs and even saxophone statues can be found in the streets.
Dinant + Namur makes for a very nice day out when the weather is nice, also because the 30 km railroad in between the two places follows the Meuse Valley and is already a treat in itself.

lamadude says:
I didn't stay for very long, I spent more time in Namur that day, but I do remember reading in my guide that they sell "the hardest cookies in europe" not very sure if hardness is such a great feature for a cookie, but yeah they still sell them :-)
Posted on: May 26, 2009
GeorgeLeach says:
I stopped here in june last year after visiting Luxembourg. Do they still sell those unbelievably hard cookies that they claim as a local speciality in spite of the fact they taste like cardboard?

Lovely little place through, especially stopping by the river for a beer as the sun was setting.
Posted on: May 26, 2009
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Dinant, home of the Sax
Dinant, home of the Sax
Rocher Bayard
Rocher Bayard
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