Namur - The Capital of Wallonia
Nestling at the confluent of the Sambre and the Meuse rivers, the Capital of Wallonia invites you to come and explore, stroll around, relax or enjoy an adventure! You are sure to be captivated by its generosity, its gastronomy, its rich heritage and folklore.
Picturesque, medieval Namur is overlooked by a sprawling hilltop citadel that has helped to protect its people during their turbulent past. Together they have transcended many ages! It is nowadays a hot spot for guided tours, events and walks through a green setting offering spectacular views of the city. The site will be shortly connected to the city-centre by a brand new cable-car (2020).
The squares and cobbled streets of the town centre are lined with shops and an impressive clutch of restaurants. Namur is also a perfect gateway to the lush forests and rolling plains of the Ardennes.
Top things to do
The Citadel of Namur
Get in the brand new cable-car (2020) and storm the Citadel! One of the biggest fortifications in Europe is waiting to be discovered! Built on a particularly impressive rocky outcrop, this exceptional heritage site has successfully conserved the traces of each period during its 2000 years of history. Do not miss the newly designed guided tour of the tunnels ! Discover 500 meters of restored tunnels thanks to an immersive guided tour that will take you to the heart of the Citadel’s history with sound and light effects.
Visit by Rickshaw
Ready for a quick visit ? Discover Namur in an original way ! Climb aboard a rickshaw and enjoy a circuit with commentary (by your driver !) at the heart of the Walloon capital. There are three routes to choose from: “The tale of the old quarters”, “between Sambre and Meuse” or “Strawberries & isles on the Meuse”.
Cruise on the rivers (Meuse&Sambre)
Namur is a city of water, nestling at the intersection of the magnificent Meuse and Sambre valleys. Be carried along by the current as you take a cruise and explore the waterways of Namur. Discover the Mosan villas doted along the river banks, the Parliament of Wallonia set between the river and the Citadel, the strawberry museum and much more besides! Cruise boat, “Namourette” (small retro whalers) or even stand-up paddle, it’s up to you!
Les Bateliers - Museum cluster
Set in the heart of Old Namur, by 2020 the complex known as “Les Bateliers” will welcome the Museum of Archaeology and its rich collections from Prehistoric Times tot the Middle-Ages in a brand-new exhibition space with contemporary museography. It will also house the Museum of Decorative Arts in a charming 18th century mansion (Hôtel de Groesbeeck de Croix) and be linked by its public gardens to the Félicien Rops museum.
Standing in the historical heart of Namur, Saint-Loup church is one of the gems of Baroque art in the old southern Low Countries (Belgium). The vault, marble and furniture (confessionals and communion rail) make this church part of the exceptional heritage of Wallonia.