Dinant insider travel tips from 'Le Cerf Vert' team

05.05.2021 - Editorial

Dinant, from Divo Nanto, Celtic for Divine Valley, is where the rivers Meuse and Lesse meet. Hometown of Europe’s hardest biscuits 'les couques de Dinant' and birthplace of Adolphe Sax. Dinant is one of Belgium's most photographed cities offering an abundance of beauty, nature, history, food and drinks. Its steep cliffs are the perfect background for a perfect escape.

We sat down with Dries Tack, who runs Le Cerf Vert, a nice little bar / bistro / boutique hotel offering local specialities (do try their almost world famous Hot White Dog and artisanal quiches) and 3 guest rooms to spend a lovely night in picturesque (now referred to as Instagrammable) Dinant.

We gladly share you the must sees and do's from the "Le Cerf Vert" team

LE CERF VERT's favourites

1. SAINT-NICOLAS QUARTER

Discover the small and lovely streets around Place Saint-Nicolas. When sunny this neighbourhood with its nice restaurants and bars gives you an instant Mediterranean holiday vibe. When heading back to the city center, do not miss La Tour de Monsieur Sax and the nice art deco cultural center building.

2. GET ACTIVE

Dinant is full of adventure, ranging from the classic kayaking and mountain-bike trips to a wide offer of hiking trails for amateurs or pros. The Le Cerf Vert team is a big fan of the packraft adventures organised by the @grizzlyoutdoordinant team. It's the most real way to get in contact with nature and have lots of fun! More info and reservations via grizzlyoutdoordinant

Even better in combination with an all-terrain electric tour organised by www.trot-e-fun.com

The best place to rent (mountain) bikes and get decent biking advice is "Becson", a family company building their reputations for over 45 years!
www.location-velo-dinant.be

3. CREVECOEUR CASTLE

To visit the ruined Crèvecœur Castle, enjoy a lovely walk along the River Meuse before entering the magical mediaeval village of Bouvignes-sur-Meuse, also home to the 'Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan', a lovely history museum located in the majestic Spanish House. Don't take your car, just walk or bike to soak up history better.

Place du Bailliage 16, 5500 Dinant

4. WAR MEMORIAL

This sobre and beautiful memorial war monument by Brussels-based architect studio Kascen honours the victims of the 23 August 1914 war crime but also gives hope for a better future. A nice place to take a deep breath, meditate and better understand Dinant.

Avenue des Combattants 16-20, 5500 Dinant

5. GO MENTAL

Rent a bus or truck and try to enter the city center via Rocher Bayard... This 40 meter-high rock was split by the hoof of Bayard, a giant magical horse that carried the 4 sons of Aymon.

The Classics

1. CITADELLE DE DINANT

The Citadelle de Dinant, a majestic fortress dating back to 1051, offers a huge interior courtyard and history museum. To get there (and in shape) you can climb the 408 steps that were built in 1577 or take the easy way up by riding the cable car to the top. The views up there are mind-blowing!

www.citadellededinant.be

2. COLLEGIALE NOTRE-DAME

The Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant is a beautiful 13th century Gothic cathedral. Its most iconic part is the separate 16th century pear-shaped bell tower. Inside the cathedral you can admire one of the largest 'vitrail' depicting the history of salvation, and a painting by Dinant born painter Antoine Wiertz. The Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks.

Avenue Cadoux 7, 5500 Dinant

3. WALK / TAKE OR DRINK "THE CROISETTE" 

The nice and large promenade bordering the river Meuse was named La Croisette by locals. In addition to numerous café terrasses, this is where several cruises board. Ranging from 45 minutes to over 2 hours boat trips, they offer the most relaxing way to discover the amazing nature surrounding Dinant and to spot wildlife and some gorgeous riverside Villas from la belle époque.

La Croisette de Dinant is also a nice local 7 degree amber coloured beer brewed by la Brasserie des Légendes. Cheers!

Dinant has a long tradition of cruises and nautical tourism. A collection of nice Dinant vintage travel posters celebrating the river Meuse and organic Belgian designer shirts can be found at Maison Twww.maisont.be - rue du Collège 1 Dinant.

4. UNDERGROUND MARVELS

The "Grotte La Merveilleuse" is a limestone cave discovered in 1904. This underground wonderland is a paradise full of stalactites, stalagmites and waterfalls. It takes a worth-wile hour to do the tour. With a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius, we recommend wearing something warm and cosy.

Rue de Philippeville 142, Dinant, Belgium

5. MAISON ADOLPHE SAX

Probably too little to call it a museum. The ground floor of this centrally-located house is dedicated to the life and work of Adolphe Sax. Dinant born Adolphe Sax was the inventor and builder of several musical instruments and is foremost remembered for his invention of the saxophone. Now you also know why all these huge "art saxophones" decorate the city.

Rue Adolphe Sax 37, 5500 Dinant

ABOUT LE CERF VERT

Centrally located on the famous Croisette, Le Cerf Vert is the perfect place to enjoy fine wines, premium beers and local tapas in a relaxed setting. The bistro offers artisanal quiches (also veggie) and their almost world-famous Hot White Dog. You can book their 3 highly-rated guest rooms with great views on the river Meuse and the old city center of Dinant on Booking.com.

www.lecerfvert.be

 

STAY TUNED

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