Namur by Eurostar
Namur is the capital of the province of Namur and Wallonia. The city lies on three different regions including the Sambre and Meuse rivers. This quaint city has a population of just over one hundred thousand people and a very long history. An important part of this city’s economy includes fishing and trading.
In the Middle Ages, a citadel was built on the area that overlooks the town. The city developed in spurts over the next few hundred years. After the city became part of the Spanish Netherlands, the city's citadel was reinforced and strengthened. The city was a target of the German army during World War I and fell after three days of fighting. Today, the economy relies on trade and industry including the production of machinery, metals, leather-goods, and porcelain.
Travel to Namur By Eurostar
Travel to this once tiny village can be done by using the Eurostar London to Brussels train. The trip is very convenient and free of stress. Eurostar train is a special train that provides high-speed travel to help the people of London connect to Paris, Brussels, Lille and many other great destinations in Europe. While this trip using Eurostar may cost a little more than the inexpensive flights and ferries, the punctuality, high-speed access, and on board facilities make this the choice that everyone should make when travelling to Europe. You can visit Namur by using Eurostar that has partnered with several other train companies in the United Kingdom.
To begin your journey, you can board the London Brussels Train from London's St. Pancras International Station to Brussels Midi Train Station and then you can take a local train to Namur for no additional charge as long as you travel within twenty-four hours with your original ticket from Eurostar. The journey for Eurostar train to Namur from London is around three hours.
Eurostar Prices for Eurostar London Namur Train
Travelling to Namur is easy and can be done for about £89.50 depending on the number of stops you choose.
Attractions in Namur
Namur is considered the capital of the federal region of Wallonia and has many places for visitors to enjoy including its casinos, unique buildings, museums, schools, and film festivals. There are a number of sightseeing tours and even a couple of river cruises you can enjoy.
Archaeological Museum is housed in a fifteenth century style Renaissance building built on the shores of Sambre. It used to be a meat market but today houses many remains from the prehistoric, Celtic, Roman, and Frank periods. Collections form the Middle Ages and included in this exhibit of jewellery, pottery, coins, glassware.
St Aubain's Cathedral is an example of Italian architecture that emphasizes the light and ethereal Renaissance style. The church was created in 1047 on the site of an earlier church. The original belfry survived and is part of the current church. Many religious relics, sculptures, and gold plates are on display in the church for visitors.
Treasury of the Oignies Priory is a convent of the Sisters of our Lady that sits in the centre of the town. Many of the treasures in the building include jewel-studded crosses, reliquaries, chalices, and many other special creations that are decorated with hunting scenes and forest motifs. Most of these works were created by goldsmith, Hugo of Oignies.
Citadel is positioned on top of the hilltop overlooking the city. The citadel was built during Roman times and includes a museum, restaurants, cafes, children playgrounds, craft stores, and multimedia exhibits. There is a torchlight tour that lasts forty-five minutes and runs through the underground caverns below the building.
Jardins d'Annevoie is a beautiful ornamental garden with fountains that surround an eighteenth century chateau. Often referred to as the Belgium Versailles, this garden has lagoons, fountains, waterfalls, and canals. This unique garden has no modern machinery and is an example of the seventeenth century gardening skills.
Events in Namur
Nature lovers, Christmas, contests of strength, and weddings are just a few of the many wonderful events that visitors can enjoy throughout the year in Namur.
Salon du Mariage takes place each year from October through November. Guests can learn more about planning the perfect wedding and ensure you get every detail just right for your magical day. Learn about cocktail dresses, jewellery, lingerie, and more from this annual expo that celebrates the art of marriage.
Namur Citadel is open every day and allows visitors to experience what the citizens of this fine city could see when the fort protected the area from the many aggressors. It sits on a hill that overlooks the town and provides an excellent photo opportunity that you have to see to appreciate.
Namur Christmas Village is a holiday festival that takes place every December through January. This festival celebrates the many aspects of Christmas with the construction of a winter wonderland. Carolers, richly decorated chalets, and holiday spirit is abound on the streets of Namur during this festival.
The Gold Silt Contest allows long-legged locals to compete by knocking each other down. The participants stand on stilts and wear colourful costumes and try to demonstrate their skill at remaining on their stilts. Crowds can cheer these participants on as each tries to prove their dexterity.
Namur Nature Film Festival is a nature lover's greatest joy. This festival celebrates all creatures no matter how big or small. Many films and exhibits are used to help educate visitors about the many creatures. Photographs, sketches, and paintings are used as visual tools to help promote the nature lover's love of these many creatures.
Nightlife in Namur
One of the most popular things to do at night in Namur is to enjoy the many fine gambling places, Roulette, blackjack, or slot machines are available for those who truly enjoy the art of chance. You can also enjoy many fine restaurants while visiting Namur
Popular Nightclubs in Namur
- Casino de Namur
- Casino Club
- Brasserie Henry
- Chateau de Namur
- La Petite Fugue
Hotels in Namur
Many of the hotels in Namur may look ordinary from the outside but the interiors are often quite elegant and unusually attractive. Many of the hotels are located very close to the many attractions the city has to offer and many are furnished with medieval furniture for that extra unique touch.
Popular Hotels in Namur
- Le Beau Vallon
- Leonardo Hotel Namur
- Les Tanneurs