Citadel of Namur gondola
The city of Namur is a tourist destination in Belgium, steeped in history and overlooked by a citadel built by Vauban. Its heritage and charm attract more and more tourists every year.
The ropeway offers visitors a new vantage point over the ancient Roman city and also serves local residents in their daily commutes. The inhabitants of Namur have made it an emblem of their city.
In order to enable visitors to get around with ease, the Namur gondola crosses the river Sambre, connecting with the city centre, from the bottom station, Place Maurice Servais, to the top station located on the Citadel’s Esplanade, a stone’s throw from the Digital Pavilion, a legacy of the Milan Universal Expo.
As the Namur gondola is built in a classified heritage environment, numerous studies were carried out to understand the technical, landscape, archaeological, acoustic, architectural and ecological aspects. Not only was the integration successful but the ropeway also represents a real environmental advantage to offer an alternative to road traffic in the Walloon capital.
Technologically speaking, the system is a pulsed movement gondola, with two trains of three cabins each accommodating six passengers for a pleasant four-minute ride.
Up to 408 PPHPD
Number of stations
Number of cabins
Number of passengers per cabin
First POMA installation in Belgium
Concession for 30 years
In 2017, the Municipal College of Namur awarded the contract for the construction of the Namur gondola to the POMA Franki and Labellemontagne consortium.
The three partner companies formed the consortium to create the basis for the Société Anonyme du Téléphérique de Namur, which is to operate the ropeway for the next 30 years.
The Namur project is POMA’s first tourist concession in Europe.
While constituting a major tourist attraction, the Namur ropeway is nonetheless a soft mobility solution. This low-carbon travel mode is appreciated by visitors and Citadel residents alike as they commute to school, to work or simply to the centre of Namur.
First POMA installation in Belgium
With the Namur gondola, POMA has completed its very first installation in Belgium.
The Namur gondola is installed in a classified heritage environment. A long careful study was therefore conducted for the design and integration of the stations.
Several route options were studied in order to preserve the integrity of the Citadel landscape and to showcase the ancient Roman city.
The “Téléphérique de Namur” was designed based on modern architecture that respects the uniqueness of the site and blends into the environment perfectly, with discreet line structures and remarkable acoustic comfort.
The pulsed movement gondola technology is particularly suited to this type of tourist transport with compact stations containing few rotating mechanical elements and guaranteeing optimal acoustic comfort for both users and local residents.
Citadel of Namur gondola in pictures
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