- Architectural heritage
Dominating the small town of Bouillon, the chateau lies high on a ridge overlooking the town and the River Semois, the castle is a remarkable monument in the province of Luxembourg, retracing almost a thousand years of history and military architecture.
The castle's history
Constructed in the 10th century on a strategic crossroads between Reims, Liège and Aix-la-Chapelle, the chateau was in the 18th century radically rebuilt by Louis XIV’s military genius Vauban and is now considered to be one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Belgium. Today visitors can explore the extraordinary maze of tunnels and passageways leading through dark dungeons to lofty battlements, towers and embattlements with vertiginous views over the river below. The chambers of the fortress are lined with weaponry dating back to the 16th century and there is an intriguing explanation of how the chateau could survive a lengthy siege, with a long tunnel stretching down to a well 30 metres below which also served as a secret supply of foodstuffs smuggled in from the river.
- The falconry demonstrations (March 1st - November 11th)
- The exhibitions
- The castle's cheese cellar where the œillet du château, an exceptional hard cheese made by The Bergerie d'Acremont, a sheephold with Belgian ewes and so much more and which recipe dates from the Middle Ages, is aged.
- The torch lit visits of the castle
Visitors with specific needs
The castle of Bouillon is part of the sites certified by the official label Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travellers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
- Open all year but January 1st and December 25th.
- Jauary: weekends only
- Opening times can be found on the official website
- Educational service
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking