"Dinant, river Meuse-town with an amazing setting" Top 5 Page for this destination Dinant by Pavlik_NL
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Dinant on the river Meuse (Maas) is truely a little fairytale to look at, but ... when looking at the town's historybook it is more a tragical horror-story that is told. Luckely now-a-days Dinant knows how to charm it's visitors, enchant them even, because a setting that it's centre offers is nowhere else to be found on earth. Along the river Meuse colourful houses are built, but the eye is immediately attracted by the strangly shaped form of the churchtower with it's big onion on top. Following it's peak to the highest point one immediately arrives at the seemingly invincible citadelle that is hanging on the edge of a impressive cliff. Dinant ... you can spend hours alone in watching this picture.
Dinant seems to not be lucky in who's side it chooses. It is one of the most besieged town in the world and many, many times after the enemy won the battle, the town has been plundered and it's citizens raped, captured and killed. The history of Dinant records awfull tragedies that somehow the town always recovered from. The citadelle, looking so strong and almost invincible, was eventually built but didn't matter anymore as for modern warfare knows how to deal with fortresses like that.
With on one side of the river Meuse (Maas) the town Dinant, on the other side it took some time before people settled. However most impressive on "that" side are a enormous palace-complex and two (or is it one) monasteries that almost seem to fill the whole riverbank as one looks down upon them from the citadelle.
Maybe you would never have guessed (-: but in Dinants environment there are various places for rockclimbing. No, the... more travel advice
To reach the citadelle one can take the cablelift. However ... it would be a real sport to go up by stairs! Make a real... more travel advice
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