Het Steen is an historic medieval castle in the old city center of Antwerp, Belgium, one of Europe's biggest ports. Built in 1200 - 1225, Het Steen is Antwerp's oldest building. Previously known as Antwerp Castle, Het Steen gained its current name in around 1520, after significant rebuilding under Charles V. The rebuilding led to it being known first as "'s Heeren Steen" (the King's Stone), and later simply as "Het Steen" (The Stone).
The Château de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne is located in Belgium near Rochefort, in the province of Namur, Wallonia. In 1450, Jean II de Berlo commissioned the building of the castle. On November 16, 2002, famous tennis player Justine Henin married Pierre-Yves Hardenne in the castle.
The castle of Rumbeke, in West-Vlaanderen, is one of the oldest Renaissance castles of Belgium. Although most of the building was built during the Renaissance period, it became slightly classicistic after its renovation during the 18th century. During those renovations, the adjacent forest, the Sterrebos or the Star Forest, was added. The forest was modelled after the Prater park in Vienna.
Bouchout Castle (Kasteel van Bouchout in Dutch) is a castle in the Flemish town of Meise, Belgium, and has its origins in the 12th century. The domain surrounding the castle is now the location of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium. The most well-known inhabitant of the castle was Carlota, Empress of Mexico, sister of Leopold II, King of Belgium and widow of Maximilian I of Mexico, who was executed in 1867. Charlotte lived in the castle for most of her life.
Male is a former hamlet and today a quarter in the east of Sint-Kruis, a suburb of Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium. The hamlet, which retains its small historic center, clusters around the castle, famous in large part for being the birthplace of Louis, count of Flanders in 1329. The Castle of Male had its origins in the 9th century, as a defense tower for protection of the territory round Bruges against the Vikings.
Ooidonk Castle ("Kasteel van Ooidonk" in Dutch) is a castle in the city of Deinze in Belgium. It dates from the 16th century. It was destroyed two times, in 1491 and in 1579. After the fire of 1579 it was rebuilt as a castle.
The Castle of Bouillon is a medieval castle in the town of Bouillon in Belgium. Although it was mentioned first in 988, there has been a castle on the same site for a much longer time. The castle is situated on a rocky spur of land within a sharp bend of the Semois River. In 1082, Bouillon Castle was inherited by Godfrey of Bouillon, who sold it to Otbert, Bishop of Liège in order to finance the First Crusade.
The castle of Freÿr with its Le Nôtre gardens are located on the left banks of the Meuse River, between Waulsort and Dinant. They form one of the most magnificent natural sites in Belgium. It has been classified as a Wallonia's major heritage.
Alden Biesen is 16th century castle in Belgium, located in the small village of Rijkhoven in the municipality of Bilzen. The castle is used today as a cultural centre and conference centre. Festivals such as the Scottish weekend or the International Story Festival are held there. In addition, "European Classes" take place, intended to foster international learning and collaboration between students.
Franchimont Castle is a medieval castle in the municipality of Theux in Belgium. It sits at the western end of a small hill overlooking the village of Franchimont. It is thought to have originally been built in the 11th Century, as a stronghold of the Principality of Liège. The original building was extended several times during the Middle Ages, once after a fire in 1387. In 1487 the castle was besieged, and around the same period the La Marck family took ownership of it.
The Castle of Vêves occupies a rocky platform just outside the village of Celles, in the province of Namur, Belgium. It is classified as Major Heritage of Wallonia According to tradition, the site has been occupied by castles since the time of Pippin of Herstal (7th century). In the later Middle Ages, the area fell under control of the Beaufort family, which oversaw the construction of a stronghold here in about 1230.
The Castle of Seneffe or Château de Seneffe is an 18th century château located in the municipality of Seneffe in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The château is property of the French Community of Belgium and serves as the "Centre de l'orfèvrerie de la communauté française" which displays a collection of antique (mainly 18th century) silverware.
The Château de Belœil is situated in the municipality of Belœil in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Since the 14th century it has been the residence of the Prince de Ligne. The castle lies in the middle of a magnificent baroque garden designed in 1664. Castle and gardens can be visited during spring and summer.