Namur/ Charleroi, Belgium

I recently saw a cheap flight from London to Charleroi for a weekend and decided to take the offer up. So many people told me I was making a huge mistake, I’ve heard all the rumours about it being one of the “least-picturesque cities” in Belgium but I was curious….

I’ll be honest, in the city there was virtually nothing to see. I hope this does not offend anyone but I’ve never seen such an industrial place to be so empty. I found the city very grey but I’ve since heard there are local initiatives in an attempt to drive more tourism to the city. 

The following day (Sunday) I decided to check out Namur which I heard was impressive. A lot of traditional castles and a river really got me intrigued so I took the train which was a short 30 minutes. I made a big error though . . . I went on a Sunday and absolutely everything was closed, even a lot of restaurants. I did manage to find one small breakfast spot though. 

Unfortunately, after having a very brief stroll I decided to head back to my accommodation in Charleroi. It was genuinely hard to explore when everything was closed. I got major ghost-town vibes. With a little more planning, I reckon I would’ve enjoyed the city even a tiny bit. In hindsight, heading to Brussels for the day would’ve been more productive, however maybe I just need someone from Charleroi to show me around?!

Until then, see you in the next post

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