Flights to Namur
The city of Namur is the capital of the province of the same name in Wallonia, Belgium. This riverside city features some great historic architecture, including the popular citadel.
The Namur-Suarlee Airport (airport code: QNM) doesn’t handle any commercial flights to Namur, so you will have to arrive at Brussels Airport (code: BRU) which is just 56 kilometres away. There is a train service between Namur and Brussels if you prefer not to rent a car. For a flight to Namur through Brussels, you have many options travelling from South Africa. Egyptair makes a connection in Cairo, and Etihad Airways stops over in Abu Dhabi. South African Airways and British Airways both have a transfer in London for their flights to Namur.
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The Tourist Attractions of Namur:
Namur sits at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers so there are many parts of the city that enjoy a riverside setting. One such attraction is set elevated on a slight hill above the River Meuse, and it’s probably the most popular tourist attraction in Namur, the Citadel of Namur.
Citadel of Namur
This extensive citadel is a Major Heritage Site of Wallonia and since being opened to the public it is one of the most popular. Set on the hillside just above the River and the Walloon Parliament buildings, the citadel was originally constructed in Roman times but has been rebuilt a number of times since. The castle here today dates mainly from the late 1600s as it was rebuilt following the siege of 1692. You can wander around the citadel, admiring the buildings, and the views.
St Aubin’s Cathedral
One of Namur’s other major landmarks is St Aubin’s Cathedral. Designed in an academic late baroque style the cathedral was built between 1751 and 1767 and the interior features an unbroken frieze that runs around the whole of the cathedral. It’s very ornately decorated with carved fruit and flowers. The cathedral is also home to the heart of Don Juan of Austria, and includes a tower that has survived from the earlier Romanesque church that stood here.
Museums in Namur
The city of Namur offers several different museums that are great for visiting on a rainy day. The Namur Archaeological Museum has exhibits that mainly date from the times of Roman occupation in Namur. There’s an art museum too, the Museum of Old Namurois Art that has arts from Christian and Medieval times. Within the Convent of the Sisters of Notre-Dame is another art collection; that of Mosan art masterpieces by Hugo d’Oignies.
When Should You Visit?:
With a steady amount of rainfall across the year in Namur there isn’t really a best time to visit to avoid the rain, so expect at least some rainfall any time of year. For the warmest weather visit in the summer months, especially between June and August when there are average highs of a little over 20C. Spring and autumn are quite short seasons, but May and September can be quite nice, remaining warm. Winters are mild to cool though and with the rain not the best to visit.