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Citadel of Dinant (La Citadelle de Dinant)

Place Reine Astrid 3-5, Dinant B-5500, Belgium
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Ranked #6 of 17 attractions in Dinant
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, History Museums, Historic Sites
Description: 16th-century Citadel and site of popular events, festivals and seminars.
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Mons, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We bought a combined ticket which also gave us a 45 minute river excursion, entry to the citadel and use of the cable car to get there (408 steps are the alternative). 15 euros each - good value. Aside from the great views over the Meuse and the town, the citadel offers an excellent tour in which the history and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
35 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Spent a happy couple of hours here one rainy Saturday and would recommend if you are in the area. The primary attraction is the old fortifications dating back to Louis XIV in parts, set on top of the high cliffs overlooking Dinant. On site is also an attractive bar and a more functional snack bar and ice cream parlour. For... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

For 8 euro, (-1, if you go to the "La Merveilleuse"), you will find some very nice views. A must for ww1 fanatics!.

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I thought Dinant was one of the most picturesque places in Belgium because of the Citadel. The cable car ride is good and there are amazing views of the river once up top. The only downside was that certain areas were closed for no particular reason so we didn't get to see everything.

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Bethesda, MD
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Best part was the cable car ride down to Dinant which is included in the 9 Euro price of the ticket. Steep quick climb and leaves every 5 minutes. It was also nice parking our minivan up top, and way easier than parking in town which we did the day before. The fortress has a WWI room and a small... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

You have a fairly intact citadel atop a cliff overlooking a pleasant, if dull, town. Yet somehow they have managed to suck all of the fun out out of the place. No access to the fun places and best views, pay for use toilets and we found a used syringe near the canon. Miss unless very bored, see the countryside... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The best way to see the citadel is via one of the guided tours which gets you into all the rooms that are not open to the wandering public. Our very animated tour guide spoke French, which our french speaking Belgian friend then translated to English for us. While the guide repeated himself in Dutch for some others, a third... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It's a beautiful Citadel but it's stuck in the past and needs a reboot. I felt for the hordes of school children arriving on buses. My 2 year old son enjoyed the cable car to the attraction and we made our own fun pretending to look for 'bad guys'! But generally not work the entrance fee, sorry.

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Ancaster, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The town on Dinant is completely overlooked by the Citadelle. It can be seen from everywhere and draws you upwards from wherever you are. The steps are steep, but with several resting places along the way (which we needed) and the view gets better and better with every step. If you have small children with you, or unfit people, don't... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

After a ride in the cable car you reach Citidel. An amazing site with much history. Lots of information at the top about the history of the town and the war itself

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