The Citadel of Namur is a middle age fortified area with a strategic position in the heart of Belgium. The city of Namur – where the Citadel is located – is in the south of Belgium and it’s the capital of Wallonia region. There is a lot of history behind those walls, and nowadays the area is a nice touristic attraction for those seeking for ancient villages to explore. Which was my case!
I visited the Citadel at the end of October (2016), Namur was the first town of the itinerary for a weekend exploring the south of Belgium and Luxembourg. Since the plan was to visit other cities, we didn’t stay for too long in each one, just enough time to see the main attractions of the list. In Namur’s case, the Citadel was the priority.
The trip started in Antwerp, and it took us 1h30 to get in Namur by car, the roads were good and beautiful – Autumn colors all around. There was a lot of villages that I wanted to cover, but with the time we had we couldn’t do all of them, so we basically chose the ones that a Belgium friend had indicated.
Obs: It’s possible to go to Namur by train as well, in case you don’t want/can’t drive.
When we got to Namur we drove directly to the Citadel; there were a lot of cars parked on the base of the hill (the Citadel is sitting on a hill). Well, we thought we should do the same since we didn’t know what to expect from the top – if there was a parking lot or if we had to pay anything to park. But after looking up to the hill, we decided to risk and keep driving to the top. Best idea ever, not even there were good spots to park, but it was also for free.
After parking we started exploring the area, it was pretty charming because of the autumn colors; there were leaves everywhere on the floor. In the Citadel, you can find amazing views of the city and the valley, ruins, underground galleries, restaurants, hotel, museum, perfume store. The area is big, but you can do everything by walking. We just got the car to go to the chateau (a hotel nowadays) because it seemed to be far away. Well, it was.
Read more: The Citadel of Namur in photos
We had a pleasant time walking freely around there; we didn’t make any guided tours. If you want to make a tour you can pay €8 for the Citadelle Pass (buy at visitors center), then you can visit the underground galleries, enter the museum, make a train guided tour and a few other activities. We didn’t have the pass, so I don’t know if it’s worth it or not, but I would love to see the underground passages.
Be aware that the Citadelle Pass is not available all year long (it wasn’t when we went), but the Citadel is always open (except during a few days of the year) and free to enter, which is already worth the visit, in my opinion. Before going, take a look at the official website to see if any special event is happening and if the Citadelle Pass is available for purchase, in case you want to make the guided tours.
The prices presented here are from September of 2016, and the currency is Euro