Namur a surprising city for tourists

As usual, the European Best Destinations travel website asked more than 600,000 travelers about their favorite European destination and a Belgian city shines in the top ten. With Belgian cities we think of Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liège ... These are without a doubt the best known destinations in our country, but they nevertheless did not get a place in the list.

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Namely, it is the Walloon capital of Namur that ended up in seventh place.  The description on the website is as follows: “It is an incredibly charming city that combines the Belgian surrealism of Brussels with the romance of Budapest or Bruges.

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Namur is without a doubt the most interesting destination in Belgium.  Moreover, the city is not limited to relaxation and well-being, but offers numerous outdoor activities for young and old. Needless to say that Namur also has a very rich history. ”So it's high time to discover this Belgian gem if you haven't already.

 European Best Destinations top fifteen of 2019

  1.  Colmar (France)
  2.  Athens (Greece)
  3.  Tbilissi (Georgia)
  4.  Vienna Austria)
  5.  Cascais (Portugal)
  6.  Sibiu (Romania)
  7.  Namur (Belgium)
  8.  Rijeka (Croatia)
  9.  Paris (France)
  10.  Budgoszcz (Poland)
  11.  Rome (Italy)
  12.  Heviz (Hungary)
  13.  Cork (Ireland)
  14.  Rochefort-Océan (France)
  15.  Minorca (Spain)

The museum of the national bank of Belgium

A central or national bank has a special role in the economy. Ensuring stable prices and maintaining a reliable financial system are among the most important tasks. The museum of the national bank of Belgium is a museum about the history of means of payment and the tasks of a modern central bank. These are made clearer with the help of videos, multimedia and games.

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The museum tells about the evolution of various payment options. The focus is placed on the tasks of the central bank as part of the Eurosystem in an attractive and interactive way. The museum is open to individual visitors, with or without an audio guide, and to groups. Reservations must always be made for the latter. Groups with guide.

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The museum was founded in 1982 and was then housed in the buildings located on the Wildewoudstraat in Brussels. The buildings were already the property of the National Bank with the first expansion in 1865. During the redesign of this building, the museum completely closed its doors on 1 July 2017. In January 2018 a new museum opened in the former library building on the Warmoesberg. The vaults in the cellars form a unique and interesting heritage from the banking world. Two safes, which are protected in several ingenious ways, were completely restored to the original. Special safes cover three sides of each of the safes.

You can find the museum at this address:  Warmoesberg 57 Brussels. More information on the official website of the museum. National Bank of Belgium Museum