By tourist train
Board the tourist train on the Paul Emile Janson Square (in front of the Tourist Office) for a tour of approx. 40 minutes through picturesque streets and discover remarkable buildings and the historical districts of Tournai.
The Town Hall district
After leaving the Grand-Place, the train drives through the Town Hall district. Situated in the centre of a beautiful park, the Town Hall takes up part of the old Benedictine abbey of Saint Martin, dating from the 11th century. It still features the impressive Romanesque crypt and part of the Gothic cloister dating from the late 15th century. The building has housed the municipal administration since 1809. Next to the City Hall is the Museum of Fine Arts, the only Walloon building designed by the art nouveau architect Victor Horta and the only museum he ever designed !
The Saint-James’ district
The tour continues in the Saint-James’ district. Next to the cathedral, the Saint-James’ church is the most impressive religious monument of Tournai. It is also the only parish church of Tournai listed as an exceptional immovable heritage site of the Walloon region. The Saint-James’ church is a stopping place on the route of Santiago de Compostela for pilgrims coming from Flanders and northern Europe.
The quays of the river Scheldt
On the left bank of the river Scheldt the impressive “Pont des Trous” is one of the most prestigious remnants of medieval military architecture of Belgium. The bars and restaurants along the completely renovated quays as well as the promenade along the water invite visitors to relax and take a leisurely walk.
The historic district
The tour ends near the Notre-Dame cathedral, a prime example of medieval architecture, and the oldest belfry of Belgium. Both buildings are listed as Unesco world heritage sites.
40-minute tour. Start at the Paul Emile Janson Square (Tourist Office) Price: €3 for groups only (25pers).