Last Call for Gaasbeek

One last chance for those who want to enjoy the castle in which - for just a moment longer- everything is exactly as it was.

We may not need to tell you that Gaasbeek Castle is on the eve of a major restoration campaign and that it will be closing its doors at the end of august not be opening them again until 2023. Before that, we are more than happy to give visitors the opportunity to honour this exceptional heritage with a final visit!

The castle as Wunderkammer

Medieval fort. Strategic bastion. Splendid summer residence. Sanctuary for political exiles. Theatre of history. Contemporary museum. All correct - but the castle is, above all, one great Wunderkammer: a colourful collection of unusual objects that amaze, dazzle and carry you off into long-gone times. It is this aspect that we put forward during this final season before closing.

After a long period of high-profile exhibitions, the castle is rediscovering itself. A must for those who want to enjoy the castle in its purest form: as a unique historic house with a rich collection and compelling past. For the occasion, we worked out a Wunderkammer Walk, a tour that takes visitors through the corridors and rooms of the castle with a visitor's guide, to escape the hubub of everyday life and to dwell on twelve showpieces from own collection. Each with its own story, each as intriguing and unique as the next.

Visitor Guide - Wunderkammer Walk
Visitor Guide - Wunderkammer Walk

COVID-19 measures

We are incredibly happy to be able to welcome visitors to the castle and have taken all necessary precautions to ensure a safe visit. For example, we work with time slots, a maximum capacity, an online reservation system and a fixed one-way route through the castle.

Because of the circumstances, the castle and the Museum Garden remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This gives us time to thoroughly clean and disinfect the castle. From Wednesday to Sunday we are open to anyone who wants to exchange their room for ... a castle!
An overview of all precautions and practical information can be found on our website.

Practical info / Open from 20.05 until 30.08.2020. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open on public holidays. ​
Online reservations:

Tess Thibaut

Press and communications, Gaasbeek Castle



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About Gaasbeek Castle

Gaasbeek Castle sits enthroned amidst the rolling hills of Pajottenland just outside Brussels. The medieval castle has had an eventful history, evolving from a strategic stronghold to a spacious country house. The Count of Egmond, was one of its best-known owners. The present building was given its romantic restyling at the end of the nineteenth century by the enigmatic French Marchioness Arconati Visconti. She was the daughter-in-law of aristocrats Giuseppe and Costanza Arconati Visconti, who, between 1821 and 1839, turned the castle into a unique meeting place for intellectual exchanges between exiled Italian politicians, European writers and scientists. Marie Arconati Visconti was also interested in the great intellectual debates of her time, as her correspondence with and support for Alfred Dreyfus testify. She set up the castle as a museum for her considerable art collection and treated it like a historical theatre set. The dream castle created then is still something of a time machine with its historic interiors, tapestries, paintings, furniture, sculptures and other valuable objects.

The castle was closed for restoration and will reopen its doors on the first of July 2023. 

The castle park, with its centuries-old trees, ponds, lanes, winding paths and occasional historic buildings, is the ideal place for winding down. The estate also includes a unique museum garden where old varieties of fruit and vegetables are cultivated. 


Kasteelstraat 40 1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)


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