castles in Belgium

8 Fairytale Castles In Belgium You Should Visit!

If you’re looking for castles in Belgium to visit and landed on this post, you’re lucky because I’m going to show you 8 magnificent ones!

Belgium has a lot to offer when it comes to castles. There are about 3000 (!) castles in this small European country! But don’t worry, I picked the best ones out for you!

All 3000 of them are wonderful, however, in this post, I’ll highlight some of the top choices I visited myself! This way, I can explain exactly what to expect. Some castles are nice to take pictures with while others are perfect to learn about medieval times or for challenging hikes!

Find out which one will fit you below!

Top tip: at the end of this post I’ve included a map with all the castles I will talk about below. Use this map to make planning your next trip much easier!

8 top castles in Belgium:

Before I dive into these wonderful castles, I would like to make one more note. Below you’ll see the names of the castles in the language of the region they’re lying in.

You might know that Belgium has 3 official languages, so most names are or Dutch (Kasteel) or French (Château)!

Kasteel Gravensteen

Gravensteen Ghent
Photo by J E on Unsplash

This wonderful castle is the pride of the city of Ghent. It’s located in the city center and one of the best-conserved castles in Belgium!

Gravensteen castle is home to lots of activities! You can visit the castle with an audio guide or take your kids for a magical birthday party!

It’s also perfect if you want to combine it with a city trip to Ghent!

Entrance to the castle€12

Why you should visit: to learn about the medieval history of Ghent!

Kasteel Tillegem

Kasteel Tillegem in Bruges

The castle of Tillegem is located amidst the forest around Bruges. This beautiful castle even comes with a moat and drawbridge!

Park your car at the edge of the forest and take a relaxing walk to the castle. Currently, the building is not open for visits but it’s definitely worthwhile to take a walk around it, through the castle garden and forest!

Why you should visit: for a relaxing walk into the forest.

Château de Vêves

Château de Vêves - Belgium castle

The castle of Vêves can be found on the hills not far from Dinant. If children would draw a castle, I’m sure it comes close to this one!

The wonderful thing about the castle of Vêves is that there’s still a royal family living in it. If you take the tour of the castle you can visit its impressive, and really old, rooms which are magnificently decorated! You’ll also be able to see pictures of the family who still owns the castle as well as their ancestors.

I loved visiting this castle because it definitely shows that not all royal castles are doomed for history books! Also, there is an amazing hike passing by this castle you shouldn’t miss.

Castle visit€8

Why you should visit: to admire the wonderful halls and see a castle that’s still alive!

Château Féodal de La Roche-en-Ardenne

falconry show in La-Roche-en-Ardenne

Every castle has something unique, so does Château Féodal de La Roche-en-Ardenne!

The highlight of this medieval castle is, besides its rich history, the falconry show. Huge birds will fly just a centimetre from your face and this is definitely very impressive to see! (I didn’t have to zoom in for that picture, he was literally so close!)

On top of that, La Roche-en-Ardenne is also a very cute village to take a walk through!

Castle visit + falconry show€7,5

Why you should visit: for the impressive falconry show!

Château de la Hulpe

Château de la Hulpe - castles in Belgium

Although you won’t be able to enter, visiting Château de la Hulpe is just magnificent!

It’s located amidst greenery on top of a hill which forces you to take a small walk before arriving at the castle. The garden is well maintained and you should definitely take a look at the box-tree hedges they shaped!

And to quench your thirst after a walk, there’s a little cafe located 1 minute from the castle!

Why you should visit: for a relaxing walk and amazing view!

Château de Walzin

Château de Walzin - Belgian castle

This is probably the castle that involves the most adventure, at least, that’s what I experienced!

Château de Walzin is located on top of a cliff, which means that you have an amazing view of the castle when you’re standing in the fields below.

The castle is private property and impossible to enter so you should do it with the view (which is amazing, so don’t worry).

To reach this wonderful view, you can park right below the castle and take a small walk. You should cross the river and for the adventurous people amongst you, you might want to walk through the river in summer when there’s not much water.

But there’s also the possibility to cross a bridge, which I didn’t see the first time, so I crossed through the water, ahum. That’s why I want to at least mention it to you ;).

If you’re in the mood, you can take a picnic with you and enjoy your meal with an amazing view!

Why you should visit: for a bit of adventure and maybe a picnic with a view!

Château de Montaigle

Ruins of Montaigle

This castle actually is a ruin and not much of a castle anymore. However, located on top of a hill it gives you the most amazing view!

You can visit the castle, which is run and maintained by volunteers and you will get a little booklet with some explanation about its history.

Don’t expect anything huge though. However, the determination of these volunteers to keep this castle from being demolished is admirable! All profits go to the preservation of the castle. Plus, there won’t be anyone around (we were the only visitors at that time)!

One minor point is that there’s barely any parking space, but that’s not much of a problem since the place does not attract many visitors.

Entrance to the ruins€5

Why you should visit: for the view and to support these ruins from being demolished!

Hauteroche Castle

Hauteroche castle in Belgium

Another ruin here for you and definitely my favourite castle on the list!

Hauteroche castle is located on top of a hill which gives you the most magnificent view you’ve ever seen (at least in Belgium, ahum).

To reach the ruins you should, however, be prepared to take a serious climb. I honestly felt like a monkey climbing the hill (before we discovered the regular path though).

There is parking below which gives you entrance to a hiking route passing by the ruins. However, the ruins are private property and not maintained at all, so entering could be dangerous (and unlawful).

This truly is my favourite castle because you can really see how nature took over when humans left!

Why you should visit: for a good hike and wonderful view!

Your map of castles in Belgium

Conclusion

I hope you’re full of inspiration to visit some Belgian castles now! These 8 castles were my top favourites so I hope you liked them!

If you want to visit anything else in Belgium, don’t hesitate to look at all my Belgian posts!

Visiting Belgium in winter? Discover everything you should know in my recent post about winter in Belgium!

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