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The Modave Castle, major cultural heritage of Wallonia

  • Discover the Modave Castle, dating back to the XVIIth century
  • Come and visit the Moldave castle, dating back to the XVIIth century
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The Modave castle, listed as major cultural heritage of Wallonia, is well worth the detour. Built on a rocky hill in the province of Liège, it is said to date back to the Middle Ages.

History

Standing high on a rocky crag overlooking the Hoyoux River the castle was first mentioned in 1233 as a small fortress defending the town of Huy. The current chateau was built in the late 17th century by the Count of Marchin, with two distinctive towers, mansard roof and classical façade which transformed the fortress into an elegant country house. The relatively unadorned exterior though belies the extraordinary richness of the twenty highly decorated rooms of the living quarters of the castle, where elaborate stucco ceilings, large Brussels tapestries and carved panelling hung with period paintings create an ambiance of unrestrained opulence. The castle is set at the heart of a 450-hectare nature reserve which can be viewed from the recently restored terrace overlooking the river. Today it belongs to Vivaqua, a company which manages the extensive number of springs and wells in the park and which is restoring the chateau to its former glory.

Visiting the castle

There are 25 rooms to discover along the basement, ground and first floor, audio guide in hand (available in 8 languages). The visit concluded with the screening of a short movie.

Classic French gardens

The the gardens of the Modave castle , beautifully redesigned in the 19th century, are an absolute must see during your visit.

Access is free. The gardens are open to the public at the same opening times as the castle.

Do stop by the castle's reception desk to get a leaflet presenting the park, the natural reserve and the Condroz region. Visitors can enjoy a 7 km trail.

The Modave Castle estate

The castle's outbuilding has been renovated into a high-quality hotel and restaurant.

Do contact them should you wish to plan an event there.

Events at the Modave Castle

Events are organised on site all year, either within the castle or in the park: exhibitions, guided tours, even special decorations for Christmas.

The full program can be found on the official website.

Schedule

From 01 January to 31 December 2019.

Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
Closed on Mondays (except for public holidays and in July-August)

Price

Individual

€ 9
€ 4
€ 7

Group

€ 6
Groups: all year, pre-booking required. 30 persons max. Guided tours in Dutch, English, French and German. Children under 12, if accompanied by an adult go free. Audio guide included in the entry price.

Facilities

Equipement

  • Cafe
  • Car parking
  • Parking

Visites

FR - EN - German - NL

Additional information

Acces

Access: E42/A15 Namur-Liège, exit 7. Follow Huy then Modave.

The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.