Binche, Belgium

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFlemish & French
Country Belgium


Binche is a market town situated in the Belgian province of Hainaut. It is the only town in Belgium where you can still see many medieval ramparts, such as the town's 27 towers that were used in Binche's defences in former times.

In the 19th century it was well known for its textile production, whilst nowadays it is famous mainly for its carnival which takes place every year on the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday. The carnival is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, with its ts history dating back to the 14th century. During the weeks prior to the actual celebrations, there are numerous events; the carnival is popular with locals and tourists alike; many people wear costumes, there are street performances, musical acts, dancing, and marching.

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