Standing on the confluence of the rivers Sambre and Meuse and straddling three different regions, Namur is the capital of Wallonia and the gateway to the picturesque Ardennes region. Over Namur stands the vast citadel that once used to protect the city from foreign invaders.
The citadel is the main attraction of the city. Most of its current buildings were constructed by the Dutch in the seventeenth century and improved by the legendary French military engineer Vauban. The outdoor of the citadel can be visited for free. Don't forget to visit the underground network of tunnels.
The old city is beautiful and can easily be discovered on foot because many streets are pedestrian and cyclist only. Finding your way is a little difficult, though, because of the layout of the city. You can rent bikes in various locations in the city (look for "li bia vélo").
On a rainy day, you could visit the Musee Provincial des Arts Anciens du Namurois (Museum of Ancient Arts). Audio guides are available in English and there is a collection of Medieval and Renaissance art. There is also a small museum of Félicien Rops, a local Symbolist painter heavily influenced by Baudelaire.
A funny sight is the Combat de l'Échasse d'Or (the Battle of the Golden Stilt), held every year on the third Thursday of September. On this day, two groups -- the Mélans and the Avresses -- dress in medieval costumes and battle in one of the town's squares on stilts.
There are various hotels in Namur; you might even find a youth hostel with great amenities and nice views near the river. The city is located sixty kilometers from Brussels and is easily accessible by car (follow the E411 highway from Brussels), train, or boat.
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