Category: Castles

Literally everywhere you go in Belgium you won’t be far from a castle or a museum! Castles abound in all regions of the country, from the large, impressive ones such as Gravensteen Castle in Gent and Gaasbeek Castle just outside Brussels, to smaller ones such as Horst Castle, Beauvoorde Castle and Modave Castle.

Whatever your interest in castles, you can’t go far wrong in Belgium!

Gaasbeek Castle. Centuries of ravage and pillage

Situated on the outskirts of Brussels, the beautifully furnished Gaasbeek Castle has had a torrid history, but now makes a perfect, peaceful day out. It’s actually a gem. It has a park, woods, a lake, an internationally renowned museum garden, and it holds special events throughout the year.  […]

Floralia Brussels 2014

Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the […]

Floralia Brussels: A review

(For Floralia Brussels 2017, click here.) I’ve posted earlier on the wonderful Floralia Brussels exhibition, the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden (this year’s event is now closed). Regular ‘Discovering Belgium’ reader Wendy Deyell went to the exhibition, […]

Durbuy. A delight in miniature

Known as the smallest town in the world, Durbuy is also one of the prettiest. Due to its picturesque location on the banks of the Ourthe River, in the Belgian province of Luxemburg, the town became a pleasant holiday resort. This small but at the same time enchanting […]

FLORALIA BRUSSELS

For Floralia Brussels 2013: click here. Guest blogger: Martine Kinzinger. “FLORALIA BRUSSELS” is the spring flower show held on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden. It’s the 8th edition of this annual event. Over one and a half million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and […]

Horst Castle near Aarschot

Located in the Winge valley to the east of Leuven, Horst Castle has remained largely untouched since the middle of the 17th century. To get the most out of a visit to Horst Castle, you should know what not to expect. There are no works of art hanging […]

La-Roche-en-Ardenne is a good base for exploring the Ardennes

The hills are alive: La-Roche-en-Ardenne

Choosing where to walk in the Ardennes is not easy; there are so many wonderful areas to explore. But if you have never been to the Ardennes before, I would recommend La Roche-en-Ardenne. It’s an excellent place to start getting acquainted with this marvellous area of Belgium. One […]

Gallo Roman Museum, Tongeren

The renewed and improved Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren is impressive. It’s spacious, airy, atmospheric, with an excellent mix of the traditional and the new, and all in a superb location right in the heart of the historical city of Tongeren. A new museum was certainly necessary. The old […]