Flanders has an extensive, rich and centuries-old cultural heritage. You will find evidence of it in our cities, but also certainly in our green areas. Throughout Flanders there are magnificent historic castles, surrounded by equally breathtaking parks and gardens.
Groot-Bijgaarden Castle is a primary example. The grand building, which dates back 500-years, remains one of the genre’s showpieces to this day. Around the castle, complete with its wide moat, you will find 14 hectares of beautiful park for walking. The park is also the setting for Floralia Brussels this spring, which celebrates the beauty of flowers and plants.
Another fine example is Gaasbeek Castle. This massive structure, the predecessor to the current castle, was built as far back as the 13th century as part of a belt of defences constructed around Brussels. Today, it is regarded as a stately beacon in a beautiful park with a complementary Museum Garden – a contemporary Garden of Eden and the ideal spot to sit back and relax.
Ooidonk Castle is a third example of where nature and history meet. This monumental castle was already an outpost in the defences constructed around the city of Ghent in the 14th century. The building, which has been destroyed more than once, was reconstructed in the 17th century in the style of the Renaissance. It still adorns the Ooidonkbos, once a hunting ground for the nobility and today, a fairy-tale deciduous forest.