The tiny village of Redu (pop. 500) became Continental Europe's first book village in 1984. Local antiquarian Noel Anselot was inspired by the concept which had worked so well in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye since the 1960's.
Redu now attracts 300,000 book-lovers each year. La Nuit du Livre ("the night of the book"), held in early August, is the best time to go, as bookshops stay open all-night with foodstalls and fireworks. You can find more information on the official website.
Euro Space Center
Located in the village of Transinne, 5 km east of Redu, the Euro Space Center is dedicated to space travel and learning about the galaxies and planets. It has a real size space shuttle and training courses in which participants can experience a micro-gravity simulator, moon-walk chair, multi-axis chair and rotating chair.
It is open from April to mid-November, from 10:30am to 5:00 pm. Admission is 11 € for adults and 8 € for children.
How to get there
Both places are best accessed by car, as they are just besides the E411 (Brussels-Luxembourg) motorway (exit 42 for Transinne).
Using public transports, you should first take a train from Namur to Libramont (1h), then ride bus 61 (1h15min; no bus on weekends).
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