This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Namur. To help you make friends with Namur before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Namur, Belgium, is a historic city located in Wallonia, in the French-speaking part of Belgium. At only sixty kilometres or an hour's drive away from Brussels, Namur makes a nice day-trip destination from the Belgian capital. The easiest option to get here is by car taking the E411 highway, but if you do not have your own transportation, there are frequent trains running from Brussels Midi Train Station.
The city is ideal for those who enjoy a quaint historic centre in a stunning natural setting. Namur is at a strategic location at the meeting of the Sambre and the Meuse rivers, which has made it a favourable spot for settlements throughout history. With its origins dating back to the Celtic times, the city gained prominence in the Middle Ages when a citadel was built on the hill at the confluence of the two rivers by the Merovingians. The citadel can still be visited today and is the main tourist attraction of the city, offering a magnificent view of the surrounding areas.
Namur can easily be discovered on foot, and with nice weather, a stroll though its small streets can be a superb experience, with its nice little shops and hidden alleyways; Mosan-style, grey-stone buildings; Roman ruins; and extensive market stalls on a Saturday morning. The UNESCO-classified Belfry of Namur (or Tour Saint-Jacques) is also worth a visit, while the Museum of Old Namurois Art displaying a collection of Medieval and Renaissance art is an attractive option for a rainy day.
While it is definitely possible to book a hostel in Brussels and visit Namur just for the day, in case you would like to spend longer in the city, there is an option for a Namur, Belgium hostel available for a reasonable price. Your hostel in Namur, Belgium, offers small dorm rooms in a beautiful setting and a buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi are included. However, if you are willing to splurge a bit, maybe you might want to upgrade from Namur, Belgium hostel accommodations to a nice family-run hotel in the city.
Written by local enthusiast for Namur hostelsJudyM