Last Call for Gaasbeek

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: https://kasteelgaasbeek.i-reserve.net/?lang=EN

Tess Thibaut Press and communications officer, Gaasbeek Castle

 

 

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 Egmont (1522-68) was one of its most celebrated owners, but it was the eccentric Marquise Arconati Visconti (1840-1923) who set about remodeling the building in the romantic style we see today. She turned the inside of the castle into a museum to house her huge art collection, displaying it in historical stage sets. There is still something of a time machine about the dream castle she created. Visitors wander through historicizing interiors filled with tapestries, paintings, furniture, sculptures and other valuable objects.

A visit to the castle is a feast for all the senses. We aim to give our visitors an experience that will stay with them for many years to come. Imaginative contemporary art exhibitions which creatively relate the historic heritage to the present day, make for ever-changing displays.

The park surrounding the castle with its ancient trees, its lakes, avenues, narrow winding paths, chapel, pavilion and other historic buildings is the perfect place to unwind. The estate also boasts a wonderful museum garden, where old varieties of fruit and vegetables are nurtured.

Gaasbeek Castle
Kasteelstraat 40
1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)