Tournai, tourist guide
Welcome to Tournai!
If you like history and heritage, art, folklore and traditions, conviviality, atmosphere and good food... Don't look any further, you are in Tournai ! Tournai is not only the oldest city in Belgium. Thanks to Childéric and Clovis, it is also the cradle of France.
With a rich history of more than 2000 years, it finds its origins in Roman antiquity. A city of art, Tournai can be discovered on foot : listed facades, historic districts, picturesque streets and two buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the oldest Belfry in the country and the immense Notre-Dame Cathedral with its five bell towers.
Find in our tourist guide all the practical information you need to prepare your visit to our beautiful City.
"Tournai, insolite route"
Our "insolite" plan is the starting point to discover the strange and historical secrets of our city.
Stroll through the streets of Tournai in search of unusual traces of the past of the City of the 5 Bell Towers.
Your imagination will be put to the test with the ten-question treasure hunt in this map. Observation, intuition and astonishment will be the three key words of this original activity, available in three languages - French, Dutch and English - for maximum pleasure !
On the road to Compostela
Discover Tournai, a welcome place for pilgrims on their way to Compostela.
Our medieval city has always welcomed thousands of pilgrims from Flanders and Northern Europe, who converge on the same destination: Santiago de Compostela (Northern Spain). The 2000-year-old city has kept prestigious witnesses from this rich past: classified facades and houses, picturesque streets, historic districts, and above all, two monuments listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the oldest Belfry in Belgium.
To welcome you and to provide you with all the information you need, a specific leaflet has been created: origins of the city, must-sees, traces of Saint-James throughout the city, the St. James associations and accommodation... nothing has been left to chance!
You can also keep a little souvenir of your time in Tournay. Postcards, notebooks, magnets, key rings or bookmarks bearing the sign of Santiago de Compostela are on sale at the Tourist Office shop. Don’t forget to ask our front office staff the Santiago stamp to complete your credential.