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Tournai (Dutch: Doornik) is a city in Wallonia. It is famed for its impressive Romanesque Cathedral. It was also the only Belgian city to ever be controlled by the English Throne.
phone: +32 69 22 20 45address: Place Paul-Emile Janson 1The one and only tourist office in the city.
By trainThe is located on the northern edge of the city centre. It's a 1 km walk to reach the square in front of the cathedral.
Tournai is served by regular trains from all over Belgium by the national railway company NMBS.
From Brussels direct trains run every hour during weekends and several times per hour during weekdays. They take around an hour.
Direct trains take 30-60 minutes to run to Lille just across the border in France, which has a Eurostar Station.
Paris is accessible in just under two hours with a change in Lille.
By planeThe nearest Airport is Lille Lesquin (LIL) which is served by a few airlines with various European destinations. The Belgian airports of Brussels (BRU) and Brussels South in the city of Charleroi (CRL) are a bit further away but are a lot bigger and serve a lot more flights than Lille.
Tournai is fairly compact and can be easily covered on foot. Local bus services are run by TEC. A line that serves parts of the city center is this one.
- Grand-Place, the main square in town.
Tournai Cathedraladdress: Place de l'Evêché 1The cathedral is on the List as one of the best preserved Cathedrals in Northern Europe. It is renowned for having one of the most impressive Romanesque naves in Europe and has a remarkable array of statues. The Gothic choir was a later addition. there is also a Treasury Museum attached. Services 11:00 on weekdays and 10:00 in weekends.
Belfryaddress: Grand PlaceThe belfry offers great views across the city, especially over the nearby Cathedral. It is the oldest in Belgium and stands at 72 metres high. It offers very informative multilingual displays on the role of Belfries in the history of the region. The Belfry is included on the List as part of the Belfries of Belgium and France.
Museum of Fine Artsphone: +32 69 33 24 31address: Rue de l'Enclos Saint-Martin 3Displays paintings by Rubens, Van Gogh, Monet, Seurat and Watteau among others. They are displayed in a fine building designed by renowned architect Victor Horta in the Beaux-Arts style.
Pont des TrousA vestige of medieval, military architecture on the river Scheldt (Escaut) with motorized freight barges passing tightly through the narrow central arch.
Folklore Museumphone: +32 69 22 40 69address: Réduit des Sions 36Boasts many exhibits on local folklore including several, full-scale dioramas of urban and rural scenes from the bygone era.
- The Scheldt (Dutch: Schelde, French: Escaut) is a canal-like river passing through the city with active motorized barge traffic. Rue Royale has a lift bridge over the river. Watching barge traffic may be of interest to visitors.
phone: +32 69 23 26 24address: Boulevard Delwart 60
The Tournai tourist office has created a gourmet walking tour leading visitors along the best gastronomic places in the city such as breweries and shops with local products. Ask the people in the tourist office about it if you are interested.
phone: +32 69 22 99 17address: Rue du Bourdon Saint-Jacques 12Japanese restaurant.
phone: +32 69 21 61 36address: Rue Saint-Martin 64
phone: +32 69 21 26 48address: Rue des Bouchers Saint-Jacques 2Some of the 25 hotel rooms can sleep up to 4 people.
phone: +32 69 25 00 00address: Place Saint-Pierre 2
- Lille is only 30km away and a worthy excursion
- Spiennes is reasonably close and is home to Neolithic Flint Mines inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
- Kortrijk (French: Courtrai) is 30-35 minutes away by train in Dutch-speaking Flanders.