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“Really terrible”

La Citadelle de Dinant
Ranked #1 of 24 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.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Really terrible”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I can second many of the reviews below. It's very disorganised and not the worth the money. We weren't told about the need to take a tour when we bought tickets or that if you didn't take the tour you couldn't see anything, or that the tour would not be in English. Charging 8 Euros to go in and then charging 40 cents to take a leak took the biscuit. Definitely give this one miss, the exhibits are not impressive anyway.

Visited January 2013
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Citadel Tour”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Don't waste your money going on the tour if you can't speak French or Flemish, I was given a brochure in English and told very sternly I had to go on the guided tour. Waited around for half an hour then the tour started with this guy repeating the information in the two languages. It was so dark inside I couldn't read the brochure so I had no clue what it was about, people were getting bored and children were starting to cry. After the third stop In front of some very and old dusty dummies and cardboard cut outs very amateurish, I left. The views are fine but even if you want to walk up the steps they still charge you. As well as charging entrance fee they charge for the use of the toilet facilities, which is a woman chain smoking outside your door!

Visited January 2013
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“full of history”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Don't miss the guided tour! A lot of history and a well rehearsed story filled with jokes. Granted, all the dolls around make it a weird experience but it is totally worth the your!

Visited October 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Something to do in Dinant...”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Cute little town... but a bit touristy. The gondola ride up was nice, and the views were beautiful! The Citadel had a lot of history, but the tours were very unorganized. We couldn't manage to get a tour in English, so we wandered about to see the place for ourselves. The lights were all off in the corridors (unless you were on the guided tour), but we managed to find our way anyway. The signs explained a little history, but not much. The best part was probably the tilted room underground. Not worth paying 7 Euros for... but it was fun anyway.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tourist Trap!”
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.

Visited May 2012
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