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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Wallonia (; French: [la] Wallonie [walɔni]; German: [das] Wallonien [vaˈloːni̯ən] (listen) or [die] Wallonie [valoˈniː]; Dutch: [het] Wallonië [ʋɑˈloːnijə] (listen); Walloon: [li] Walonreye [walɔnʀɛj]; Luxembourgish: [d']Wallounien [vɑˈləʊ̯niə̯n], Latin: Wallōnia or Vallōnia) is a region of Belgium. As the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the majority French-Speaking Brussels-Capital Region. The German-speaking minority in eastern Wallonia results from World War I and the subsequent annexation of three cantons that were initially part of the former German empire. This community represents less than 1% of the Belgian population. It forms the German-speaking Community of Belgium, which has its own government and parliament for culture-related issues. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. This brought the region wealth, and from the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, Wallonia was the more prosperous half of Belgium. Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished, and the Flemish Region has surpassed Wallonia in wealth as Wallonia has declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The economic inequalities and linguistic divide between the two are major sources of political conflicts in Belgium and a major factor in Flemish separatism. The capital of Wallonia is Namur, and the most populous city is Liège. Most of Wallonia's major cities and two-thirds of its population lie along the east-west aligned Sambre and Meuse valley, the former industrial backbone of Belgium. To the north of this valley, Wallonia lies on the Central Belgian Plateau, which, like Flanders, is a relatively flat and agriculturally fertile area. The south and southeast of Wallonia is made up of the Ardennes, an expanse of forested highland that is less densely populated. Wallonia borders Flanders and the Netherlands (the province of Limburg) in the north, France (Grand Est and Hauts-de-France) to the south and west, and Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) and Luxembourg (Capellen, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Alzette, Redange and Wiltz) to the east. Wallonia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie since 1980.
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