Between the hills of Pajottenland, not far from bustling Brussels, lies Gaasbeek Castle. This old warhorse first saw the light of day in 1236. It originally served as part of Brussels’ fortifications and was later used by the nobility as an opulent country seat. Today, the castle is a splendid repository of art and heritage items. It is filled with antique furniture and tapestries, paintings, precious metalwork, stained glass and sculptures. The collection must contain a thousand items. These treasures are set off by a beautiful castle park and Museum Garden. It is a modern-day Garden of Eden and a lovely place to relax.