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