Visiting Namur and you’re not sure what there is to do in town? Then you’re definitely in the right place because this detailed guide will tell you about all the top tourist attractions in Namur, Belgium!
We’ve covered all the famous landmarks, the most popular streets in the old town, and even ideas for a day trip from Namur! Whether you’re looking to learn more about the history of Wallonia’s capital or you just want to explore the fantastic nature of Namur province, you’ll find plenty of ideas on the top Namur attractions right here!
Namur is the capital of the province of Wallonia, as well as one of the largest cities in Belgium, both by size and population. But it doesn’t have an international airport, so you will need to rely on public transportation to get there.
Alternatively, you can rent a car if you’re comfortable driving. It’s the fastest and most convenient way of traveling to Namur, plus it gives you the option of exploring other beautiful places in the vicinity of Wallonia’s capital.
The closest international airport to Namur is the Brussels South Charleroi Airport. It’s some 40 kilometers outside of Namur, and you’ve got a few options for traveling from the airport to the regional capital. The best thing to do is get on a bus at the airport and head to the Charleroi-South train station. It’s a 30-minute train ride from Charleroi to Namur station, and train tickets are fairly inexpensive.
Two other airports that are close to Namur are the Liege Airport and the Brussels Airport. In both cases, you’ll have to get a bus or a taxi to take you from the airport to the main train station in town, and then get on a train to Namur.
The best time to visit Namur is between May and September. The summer is generally the best season to visit any town in Belgium, mostly because it’s the only season when it’s (almost) guaranteed there won’t be any snow.
The summer months boast warm and mostly dry weather, which is ideal for the exploration of cities and natural parks. Whether you’re looking to walk through the streets of Namur, go on a river cruise, or explore the magnificent nature that surrounds the Wallonian capital, summer is the ideal season to do it.
The average daily highs during the summer months are at 25°C, while the average daily lows are around 15°C. It’s worth noting that these numbers represent only the average temperatures – it gets much hotter than 25°C in the middle of the summer in Namur, so be sure to pack for a wider temperature range.
The Citadel of Namur is a spectacular medieval castle around which this entire city was built. Originally from the Roman era, the 937 citadel was rebuilt several times and it has Menno van Coehoorn and Vauban to thank for its current form.
The striking citadel lost its military function a while ago and during the Middle Ages, it even served as the residents of the Counts of Namur. Nowadays it’s mostly just a famous tourist attraction that offers some insight into the rich history of this town, but also a place known for fabulous panoramic views of the Meuse river.
Walk along the fortress walls, tour the restored underground levels, and don’t skip the exhibition that details the 2000-year-long history of this spectacular fortress. This is one of the four Meuse Citadels – the other three are Huy, Liege, and Dinant.
Rue de Fer is French for “Iron Street”, a name that the famous shopping street owes to the Iron Gate that once marked the entrance into town through the city wall. The gate is long gone by now, and nowadays this famous Namur street is best known for the countless shops that line its either side.
It’s the best place in town if you need to buy anything, whether it’s groceries, souvenirs, or clothes. There’s also a large selection of cafes and restaurants along Rue de Fer, so plenty of places to stop for a rest if you start droppin’ because of all the shoppin’. Even the City Hall is situated on this street – it’s an interesting building on the outside, but there’s no point trying to see the interior of the Namur town hall.
Travelers who enjoy bargain hunting will particularly like Rue de Fer on a Saturday morning. That’s when all of Namur’s weekly markets are set up throughout the streets in the city centre, and Rue de Fer is one of them. The weekly market is a great time to shop deals on whatever you might need, including souvenirs, produce, clothes, antiques, and more.
Place d’Armes is Namur’s main town square and it’s the perfect place in town to do some people-watching. The old stock exchange building dominates the square, but it’s worth noting that nowadays it’s being used as a conference center and not a stock exchange. The three statues on the square are also pretty famous, so be sure to stop by and admire them for a moment.
If you’re walking around and trying to discover Namur, you’ll pass this square a couple of times. It’s situated in the heart of the city, with many shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s also a popular location for outdoor events in Namur, including concerts, shows, but also the farmer’s market, which takes place on the weekends.
Eglise Saint Loup is a 17th-century church originally built in the service of the Jesuit college. It’s one of the best examples of Baroque style in Belgium and wider, as well as one of top-rated tourist attractions in Namur.
The church is situated in the city center at Rue du Collège, and it’s one of the attractions you can’t miss if you go on a proper walking tour of the city. It’s a stunning building on the outside but its interior is far more impressive, so definitely make the time to tour the inside of the church.
With spectacular columns, a beautifully carved ceiling, and a plethora of impressive artworks on the walls, it’s easy to see why Eglise Saint Loup is a must-visit in Namur.
Whenever you visit a place in Belgium you have to try the local beers at least once. It’s a rite of passage, and it’s honestly one of the highlights of a trip to Belgium for beer lovers. Belgian beers are world-famous for many reasons, but the big one is that they’re brewed in monasteries.
However, a trip to Namur doesn’t exactly allow you to go on a tour of an authentic Belgian beer-brewing monastery.
Head to the Namur train station and get on a train to Dinant – you’ll get there in about half an hour. Dinant is a charming little town with a fascinating history and a variety of fabulous natural attractions. The Rocher Bayard, the Dinant Citadel, and the Grotte la Merveilleuse are just a few of Dinant’s attractions worth visiting.
The town is also home to the Leffe Beer Museum – a quick museum tour with a beer tasting is an absolute must for all lovers of Belgian beer. Additionally, don’t miss out on Dinant Evasion – the recreational park is perfect for all adventurers and anyone else who wants to spend their day exploring the fabulous nature surrounding this lovely town.
Hiking, mountain biking, and Meuse river cruises are all organized by Dinant Evasion, and they’re not the only fun activities the center offers. On top of that, it’s worth noting that this beautiful town is also home to the Bathtub Regatta. The event takes place in mid-August, and it’s a great excuse to travel to Dinant for a day or two.
The Bathtub Regatta contestants race to see who has a faster float, and the only rules are that the floats must include a bathtub in the design and that they must be self-propelled.
The Strawberry Museum is situated in the south of the Namur province and it’s one of the more unique tourist attractions in town. Its exhibit explains the history of strawberry cultivation in this region, and you can even taste some delicious, locally grown berries.
Next door to the museum is a beautiful little garden where you can actually pick strawberries, and some other berries as well. The souvenir shop at this museum is a hidden gem, and a place you must visit if you enjoy the taste of strawberries. They have everything strawberry related including beer, gin, soaps, popcorn, and even honey!
The Cathedral of Saint Aubain – also known as just the Namur Cathedral – is the only cathedral in Belgium built in the Late Baroque architectural style. It was initially founded as a collegiate church, but the 1559 papal bull established it as a cathedral.
Touring the interior of the cathedral is definitely worth it – the building is much prettier on the inside than on the outside. The facade of the Namur Cathedral is a bit run-down, but the interior is a lot better preserved. There are also some interesting pieces of ancient art worth seeing in the church, including paintings, statues, and stunning ornamented friezes.
There’s no entrance fee for the church, so you pretty much don’t have an excuse not to see its interior. Take 10-15 minutes to go inside this famous cathedral and admire the decorated interior, you certainly won’t regret it!
Namur is situated at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, which can only mean one thing for tourists – cruises for days! Croisières Namur is the main operator for all river cruises in the city, so they’re your best bet if you want to experience this charming town from the water.
They offer a few different cruises ranging from a quick, 50-minute tour of the Sambre and Meuse rivers, to a 4-hour journey that’s organized only upon request. Croisières Namur offers heated boats with guides, bars, and other commodities.
It’s also worth noting that all their cruises can be combined with a quick tour of the Namur Citadel, so definitely consider this option if you have limited time in the Belgian city and you want to see as much of it as possible.
You can’t travel to a new town and not try at least one dish the local cuisine is known for. Wallonian cuisine is what you get to taste in Namur, and you’ll have the best experience if you head to Le Temps des Cerises.
This charming little restaurant is situated in the southern part of the city center at Rue des Brasseurs. It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it because it certainly doesn’t look like the best restaurant in Namur. But it is, and you should be on the lookout for a red facade with plaid tablecloths practically spilling onto the street.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant has short working hours, so you can’t just pop in whenever you want. Although reservations are not necessary, you should make a plan to visit the restaurant for either brunch or dinner, and it certainly won’t hurt to call ahead and book a table.
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