Did you know Belgium has over 3000 castles? It’s just incredible! These are my top 10 castles in the countryside of Belgium to visit with beautiful hikes around their domains.
1. Castle Modave
Located between Liège and Namur, in the valley of Hoyoux, lies the beautiful castle of Modave. The castle was built in the 17th century on a 60-meter-high rock with an enchanting view over the 450 hectares of nature. The castle is accessible to visit on different days. During the corona crisis, it is mandatory to make reservations online or by phone.
The gardens can be visited free of charge and there is no need to make a reservation. A nice walk around the valley of Modave is the "little Modave". At the reception, you will be given a map with the hiking trail or you can follow the red squares that are marked throughout the trail. The hike takes about 7,5 km until you return to the castle.
Corona update: Reservation needed before entering the castle, not needed to visit the garden.
Castle walk: 7,5 km
2. Castle Horst
Especially beautiful for its natural surroundings, this castle is located in Horst in the province of Flemish Brabant near a large lake. The family Horst lived here already in the 13th century and due to its old age, the castle is currently closed for renovations. The natural reserve around the castle contains over 50 hikes and is perfect for a day trip. There are multiple places for a nice picnic across the different roads. Create your own walk with the “wandelknooppunt” app in the app store and choose your length.
Corona update: Castle is under renovation but you can walk around the domain
Castle walk: around 50 possibilities
3. Walk from Castle Van Vêves to Castle van Walzin
Ever wanted to walk from castle to castle? Let’s do this! There is a walk of 15 km between the Castle of Vêves and the Castle of Walzin in the Ardennes. During the walk you will hike alongside the Lesse, giving you the opportunity to go for a little swim during summer or take amazing pictures as the one below.
This 15 km walk between the Castle of Vêves and the Castle of Walzin runs along the Lesse, through the Furfooz National Park. Along the way, you will discover some typical Ardennes landscapes. You will need about 4 to 5 hours for this walk.
Corona update: To visit the castle you need to make a reservation, the walk is accessible
Castle walk: 15 km for both castles