Belgium is very close to several European capitals such as London, Amsterdam or Paris. It's a small country that you probably know especially about chocolate and beer. If you’re thinking about where to spend a few days, Dinant, Belgium has a lot to see so it can be a good option.
Dinant is a pretty charming city, a medieval town in Wallonia, the south of Belgium. Its ambiance is more like a provincial town than a capital city. I can describe Dinant as pleasing and very photogenic. It reminds me so much about France and Strasbourg because they’ve a similar culture.
Though it was a short visit, I explored this hidden gem, walked through the historic streets and of course I ate a lot of chocolate and took some local beer. There are lots of shops selling chocolate because Belgium is famous for chocolate. Also, Dinant is renowned for their cookies, and I ate quite a few of them. For instance, the Couques de Dinant (the Dinant Cookie or Dinant Cake) is very famous. There are a lot of fun and exciting places I also visit, such as the Collegiate Church of Our Lady, Adolphe Sax house and I also took a stroll along the river Meuse.
The Collegiate Church of Our Lady is a lovely church very close to the train station. It is a 13th-century Gothic cathedral that has a beautiful Gothic style (windows are impressive, sculptures and carvings are masterpieces) in quite a small town. Finding it was a delightful surprise. I felt at ease with myself because of its calm and serene environment.
I noticed the city’s obsession with saxophones, so I visited the Adolphe house that was where I learned that Adolphe Sax the saxophone inventor was born there in 1814. A unique itinerary called "Sax and the City" lets you discover the city's entertaining, musical tribute to its famous son.
Finally, I took a stroll along the river Meuse, and I saw Dinant from a different angle. Cruise boats crisscross the river carrying different tourists. Indeed Dinant sparkles along this river body.
Are you planning for a weekend getaway? Why explore your own country when there are so many other countries to visit. Dinant offers the perfect mix of history, culture, chocolate, and beer. It’s a cute little town and classic for a weekend getaway. My trip to Dinant is, without doubt, my favorite day trip destination in Belgium. I recommend you to lose yourself the time of a weekend trip to Dinant. The beauty it holds can blow you away!