Luik Givet de Citadellen langs de Maas
Uitzicht over de Maasvallei vanaf de citadel van Namen (Rp15)
Our route starts at the 13th century fortress on the heights above Liège. The first fortifications built by prince bishops later made way for a pentagonal citadel that never played a major military role.
Today there are still many remains of the citadel visible. From here you get a beautiful panoramic view of the city center of Liège.

Then we follow the banks of the Maas to Huy. Here we find the Huy citadel. This was once one of the most beautiful castles of our region, but due to its strategic location, the castle must make way for a sober but impregnable fortress. In 1940, the Germans turned it into one of the most lurid prisons in Belgium: for more than 7 years more than 7,000 people were locked up in the dungeons as the last leg before they boarded the train from death to concentration camp.

The route takes us to Namur, where the Counts of Namur built their residence. Between the 15th and 18th centuries the fortress was repeatedly besieged, so that it always passed into different hands. Skilful military architects and engineers are trying in vain to turn it into an impregnable stronghold, making the citadel of Namur in the 18th century one of the largest in Europe, with 80 hectares of defenses. It was Napoleon who gave her the name "termite mound of Europe" because of the miles of underground passages.

From Namur the route goes further south, we no longer follow the banks of the Maas and drive through the woods to the abbey of Maredsous. In addition to a guesthouse and a reception building with shops, museum space, this Benedictine monastery houses a restaurant.

After lunch at the abbey we drive back to the Maas valley. This brings us to the medieval ruins of the castle and the fortified village of Poilvache. From the rocky hill on which the fortress is located, one has a good view over the valley of the Maas.

A dozen kilometers further on the route arrives in Dinant. Here we meet two reinforced locations.
The first fortifications on the rocks above Dinant date back to the 11th century. They have to protect the border town of the prince-diocese of Liège on one of the few bridges over the Meuse against the counts of Namur, with the castle of Crèvecoeur on the other side.

From Dinant we drive to France, on the way we pass by the castle of Freÿr It is called a greatly reduced Versailles. It was originally an Renaissance castle, expanded in the 18th century and was once the residence for dukes and their royal guests.

The route ends at the Citadel of Givet. This fort was built in 1555 by order of Emperor Charles V. He needed a strategic position in the heart of Europe and the location of Givet was perfect in his eyes.
Part of the Citadel of Givet is the Fort Charlemont. You can visit this historic monument. The fort has, among other things, an 800-meter long tunnel system, 3 kilometers of trenches and an abandoned village with 48 buildings.

This route gets 4 stars because of the beautiful view of the route and the many nice sights.

ruïnes van het Kasteel van Crèvecœur (Rp28)
Chateau de Freyr (Rp30)
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Citadel van Luik
Citadel van Huy
Citadel van Namen
Citadel van Dinant

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About this region
Namur ( nə-MOOR, nam-OOR, French: [namyʁ]; Dutch: Namen [ˈnaːmə(n)] (listen); Walloon: Nameur) is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. It is both the capital of the province of Namur and of Wallonia, hosting the Parliament of Wallonia, Walloon Government and administration. Namur stands at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers and straddles three different regions – Hesbaye to the north, Condroz to the south-east, and Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse to the south-west. The city of Charleroi is located to the west. The language spoken is French. The City of Namur includes the old communes of Beez, Belgrade, Saint-Servais, Saint-Marc, Bouge, Champion, Daussoulx, Flawinne, Malonne, Suarlée, Temploux, Vedrin, Boninne, Cognelée, Gelbressée, Marche-les-Dames, Dave, Jambes, Naninne, Wépion, Wierde, Erpent, Lives-sur-Meuse, and Loyers.
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