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“Tourist Trap!”

La Citadelle de Dinant
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Dinant
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Owner description: It was between 1818, and 1821, during the Dutch occupation, that the citadel was built in its current form. Throughout the kitchen, the bakery and the forge, you will discover the daily life of 400 soldiers that were living there. Don't forget to visite our new space 1914-1918, explaining all the fights that took place in dinant during the first world war.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

This place costs 7 euros per person, and there's nothing here worth that much. Yes, the view is spectacular, but the citadel itself is nothing compared with other, less expensive ones like Namur. Inside is nothing but a courtyard, most of it roped off, and then a long descent of stairs that you think is going to lead somewhere interesting. Nope! We arrived at the bottom in a little gift shop where we could pay another seven euro each to take a lift back up to the top. We said, no, we're young, we'll go back up the stairs! We did. We had to stop to rest three times and by the time we reached the top we were thoroughly disgusted with the famous citadel of Dinant. Impenetrable perhaps, but definitely uninteresting.

6  Thank Havalyn
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

I visited Dinant as a child and never managed to visit this impressive structure at that time. It has always remainded somewhere I would return to, So 40 years later.........
Started well, cable car was good. Reached the courtyard area and waited in anticipation at the meeting point for the Guided Tour. Oh dear guide in Dutch, Flemish, German and French but not English. Still the guide handed out an A4 sheet in English - good that meant we could just wander at our leisure? WRONG!!! It appears that you can only do this after you've endured the entire tour conducted by someone old enough to have witnessed the original construction and given in three foreign languages! So, if you don't want to be bored rigid save your money - visit one of the many other Castles in the area. Absolute Rubbish.

2  Thank CAPTAINCOOK10
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Visited citadel, price e7.80 for entrance and cable car (price for toilets not included!)
Citadel is fairly interesting and some good views, however at no point do they advise that you have to follow the tour guide to see all the points of interest. The tour guide speaks only in Flemish and French and although you have an English pamphlet, it it frustrating as you cannot tour the citadel at your own pace - the tour guide unlocks doors as he goes around.
Useful tip - there is a free car park at the entrance of the town (north) next to a school, less than a ten minute walk to the citadel.

3  Thank jemWirral
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had a great time in Dinant. We parked in Citadel parking paid for the sky tram and the citadel. We went down to the town ate lunch and then after seeing the town we went up and toured the citadel. This was built in about 1100 ad. It has seen lots of battles. The only problem is the tour is in French or Dutch. However, they do have an English pamphlet and signs in English. This is just an awesome town to visit with family. Lots of history. They have an Playground close to the entry of the Citadel that the kids loved to play in.

Thank Alan C
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Dinant is breathtaking little town!!! The atmophere there is amazing, beautiful streets, beautiful sounds of french language and saxophones!!! In Dinant was born Adolf Sax- instrument designer, and this fact you can notice on the main street and bridge :) Hmm what can I recommend for tourists ... there is good campsite over the river (better to speak in french... but it's not so difficult to draw a tent: and to be understand :P), sometimes you can meet there intersting and open minded people :) And you have to try belgian beer: Hoegaarden and Kwak which is drinked in v. unique glass!!! I were in pub called- Monako and it's quite ok ;)

1  Thank Ann2046
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