Namur, the capital of Wallonia, makes for a great day trip from Brussels! Climb up to the citadel with the cable car and enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The little train going around makes it easy to see even with young kids. There is an underground museum and a few restaurants with a great view, but the real fun for kids is Reine Fabiola, a small amusement park right at the citadel
The cable car starts at the center of the city, at Place Maurice Servais. The streets around there are full of nice little cafés and restaurants (take a walk around the square of the church Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Namur). The cable car is closed on Mondays in the winter and it costs EUR 6.50 both ways and EUR 3 one way (kids under 4 free). The cable car is wheelchair friendly, stroller friendly. There can be a long queue for the cable car on weekends and public holidays.
You can find details on opening times and cost here:
Here is the starting point of the cable car:
Téléphérique de la Citadelle de Namur
Rue des Brasseurs 63, 5000 Namur
The touristic train is another hit for kids after the cable car! It goes around the citadelle for about 25 minutes. The audio guide is in French, Dutch and English. It costs EUR 6 for adults, EUR 5 for 6-18 year olds and is free for under 6. You can also take the stroller or wheelchair with you. Dogs are not allowed. The route is full of bumps, so it is not recommended for pregnant people
You can find details here:
The underground museum takes you to a walk for over 500 meters under the ground with 3D animations, projections and sound effects. The guided tour lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes. It is also possible with a wheelchair, but you need to reserve two weeks in advance. Do not take a stroller with you, as there are many stairs. Also might be a good idea to take some extra warm clothes with you, as it is quite cold under the ground! Dogs are not allowed. It costs EUR 10 for adults, EUR 8 for 6-18 year olds and is free for under 6. There is also the Citadelle Pass, that gives you access to different combinations of what to visit
You can see details on the opening hours and reserve tickets here:
Terra Nova Visitor Center
The Terra Nova Visitor Center offers a multimedia dive in the history of Namur. The visit with the audio guide lasts 1 hour. It costs EUR 4 for adults, EUR 3 for 6-18 year olds and is free for under 6
You can find details here:
And here is the exact position of Terra Nova Visitor Center (where you can also buy tickets, hop on the touristic train and start your visit to the underground museum)
There is also a turtle statue by Jan Fabre. Here is the exact position:
Searching for Utopia – Jan Fabre
Rue Notre Dame 11, 5000 Namur
There are also gardens at the citadel, like the Roseraie of Château de Namur
La Roseraie du Château de Namur
Reine Fabiola amusement park
Visiting the citadel can easily be combined with Reine Fabiola, a small amusement park right at the citadel in Namur! You can even walk there! With several playgrounds, a traffic park for pedal cars, jumping castles, trampolines, mini golf and more it is perfect for kids! There is also a café next to the playground to get some ice cream. Reine Fabiola is open May-October usually
playgrounds, a traffic park for pedal cars, jumping castles, trampolines, mini golf and more it is perfect for kids!
The real deal for kids friendly cafés/restaurants in Namur is the one at Reine Fabiola, the amusement park
The Panorama restaurant has a wonderful view over the city of Namur
Le Panorama – Popup Terrace
Rte Merveilleuse 82, 5000 Namur
Café Terra Nova is open on Wednesday, Friday and weekends. There is not much there for kids, just a small climbing structure (but who cares, the amusement park Reine Fabiola is at the citadel, you can walk there!)
There is also a nice little playground at Parc Louise-Marie. Not as fun as Reine Fabiola, but good to know in case you need something that will not take too much time
Rem de la Vierge 15, 5000 Namur
Namur can be combined with the railbikes of Molignée. Riding a railbike through the Molignée valley is so much fun with kids – especially if you add the Maredsous abbey!!
Riding a railbike through the Molignée valley is so much fun with kids – especially if you add the Maredsous abbey!!
It can be combined with Dinant (although it would be too much to do in one day). The citadel offers a magnificent view of the city of Dinant and the river Meuse; you can reach it by cable car or by climbing 408 steps (!), visit the museums there and enjoy a drink at the terrasse with a panoramic view (and a playground next to it). There is also a boat tour on the Meuse, if you want to see Dinant from water!
The citadel offers a magnificent view of the city of Dinant and the river Meuse; you can reach it by cable car or by climbing 408 steps (!), visit the museums there and enjoy a drink at the terrasse with a panoramic view (and a playground next to it). There is also a boat tour on the Meuse, if you want to see Dinant from water!
Just half an hour away is the provincial domain of Chevetogne, a vast domain of 600 hectares with playgrounds, sports facilities, pools, forests, lakes, gardens, a farm for kids
Vast domain of 600 hectares with playgrounds, sports facilities, pools, forests, lakes, gardens, a farm for kids
It can also be combined with Jardins d’Annevoie, if you like gardens. There are small waterfalls and fountains. There is also a café and a small playground there
Les Jardins d’Annevoie
Rue des jardins 37 a, 5537 Annevoie-Rouillon
Namur is about 45 minutes SE of Schuman, Brussels (or about 1.5 hour by public transport)
Citadel of Namur
Rte Merveilleuse 64, 5000 Namur
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