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There are of course the main attractions that are well worth visiting during your short break in Namur but there are also a number of smaller sights that are just as deserving of your time. Take a walk to the banks of the River Sambre where you can view a number of old French styled mansions, several old churches and a mix of museums. Ramparts are still intact as are a labyrinth of tunnels, both are enjoyable to explore and allow you an amazing insight into this historical destination. Most of the attractions can be found within the confines of the city itself but if you get a chance you may want to investigate the surrounding areas and towns that have some delightful hidden gems to discover.
Sitting on a rocky outlook above the city, the Citadel, once one of the largest fortresses in Europe, is the most popular attraction in Namur. It is accessible by a winding road or a cable car ride. In March you can visit the citadel by torchlight. Hot wine is provided at the Terra Nova Barracks as you explore the fortification in the dark.
Must see attractions in Namur
St. Aubin's Cathedral - This highly unique 18th century Baroque cathedral is the only one of its kind across Belgium. With a tower dating back to the 13th century and a collection of fascinating art pieces under its spectacular dome, St Aubin's is at the cultural heart of Namur.
Namur African Museum - A fascinating museum, set on the site of the former Leopold barracks, exploring Belgium's African influence throughout the years. On display is a vast collection of intriguing artifacts such as documents from the Belgian Congo
Namur Citadel - A part of Wallonia's Major Heritage sites, this stunning Belgian fortress lies above the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers. Formerly used as a military stronghold, this giant fortification is surrounded by beautiful nature trails.
Provincial Museum of Ancient Arts - A listed monument dating back from the 18th century, showing collections from the Namur Archaeological Society. Amongst the museum's priceless artefacts are beautifully crafted stone sculptures.
Museum of Groesbeeck de Croix - Another of Namur's wonderful museums, an 18th century town-house designed by the Comte du Groesbeeck. On display in the museum's stunning interior is a spectacular collection of precious metals and glassware.
Parfumerie Guy Delforge - Situated 30ft below street level lays a former artillery factory, now converted into a 17th century style perfume laboratory. Follow the multitude of underground tunnels and discover the art of perfume making.
St James Belfry - On Place des Armes, this 14th century Belfry is classified by UNESCO as part of the listed Belfries of Belgium and France.
Couvent des Soeurs de Notre-Dame - This fantastic attraction contains masterpieces of Mosan Art by Hugo d’Oigies.
Felicien Rops Museum - Situated in the centre of Old Namur in a 19th century home there are three floors of cheeky and rebellious artwork. The artist is famous throughout France and you can not help but have an opinion about the erotic art on display.
Chateau d’Annevoie - About 20 minutes out of town you will find this charming set of gardens, combining French symmetry with English wildness. These 18th century gardens are famous for their historical and cultural value.