The little town of Dinant in the Belgian Ardennes on the river Meuse just south of Namur is a delightful place. It is well protected by high cliffs and has an old fortress on top, rather like the one in Namur. Dinant has had a rather chequered history, suffering particularly during the war between France and the Spanish Netherlands. During the First World War the Germans massacred several hundred of its inhabitants, but surprisingly, given its proximity to towns such as Bastogne and Malmedy, it emerged relatively unscathed from the Battle of the Bulge. There are still old buildings to be seen in the Grande Rue as well as the church and old stone bridge.
Now Dinant is a holiday centre with cruises on the Meuse as well as boat hire. The town has made the most of its riverside setting with cafes and restaurants along one bank. The railway runs to along the other bank with regular services to Namur and Brussels. A very pleasant place to visit.
The inventor of the saxophone, a Monsieur Sax, was born here – another famous Belgian to add to the collection!