The rock of the Attre castle's park: an exceptional construction

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Many Belgian, British, French and German experts have declared the rock in the park of the Attre Castle unique in its kind. Indeed, this construction was meant as a tribute to the Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and her husband,  Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen, general governor of the Netherlands between 1780 and 1792. It earned the castle its title of Exceptional Garden of Wallonia.

Built between 1782 and 1788 with dolomitic rocks excavated from the north slope of the Dendre, these impressive 24 metres high composition required the work of 40 persons. 4 tunnels lead the visitors to its heart from where the Belvedere tower can be seen.

A manor house and a park with a history full of anecdotes

The Attre castle, in fact an enchanting 18th century manor house, is set in a 17-hectare estate, lined by the Dendre, in the Hainaut region.

Both an English landscape garden and a forest park, it features monuments tinted with a touch of melancholy such as the ruined tower of the Belvedere, the 15th century dovecote, the hermitage, the Vignou tower, the Swiss chalet, the Bath Pavilion... and other follies favoured at the time, the "rock" for example, an artificial cave.

The Attre castle was built on the foundations of a former medieval fortress The Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and her husband, Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen, general governor of the Netherlands enjoyed staying there regularly.

More about the Attre castle here

Practical information

Opening times

April, May, June, September and October: Sundays between 2 and 5 pm
July and August: Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 5 pm
Also open on public holidays between April 1st and October 31st.
Last entry at 5 pm


20 persons min.
Every day between April 1st and October 31st.
Guided tour only, in Dutch, English or French.




€ 4.5
€ 3.5


€ 4

Information on the walk


Minimum duration1:00



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