This is a full-sized, perfectly maintained, medieval castle, not mere ruins. And we're talking epic knight battle castle, not Cinderella's. Great visit for adventurers.
We opted for the guide map, but there are also an audio guide and guided tour options.
There is a suggested path that takes you through the whole castle, clearly marked with numbers on the map and along the way, with their corresponding description on the guide book.
What we enjoyed the most along the tour:
- the view from the top: the castle is atop a small mountain
- the arrowslits: seeing through them, you get the feeling of being a knight!
- the tunnels dug into the rock itself, that even require you to crouch sometimes
- the long subterranean
- the torture chamber
- the oubliettes and dungeon
- and, most notably, the birds of prey show!:
Show involving different sorts of birds of prey and highlighting their characteristics: chouette (white), hibou (ominous), aigle (big), vautour (scary), buses, faucon (fast - involves a cool demonstration using a sling). One of the birds in particular, is very impression: they call it Spartacus, and I'll leave it at that... The birds fly really low and close to the public head's. The falconers are very funny, engaging and seem to genuinely care about the animals. We greatly enjoyed the show!
- free car park in front entrance: 49.794428, 5.067040
- castle's entrance fee: adult 6.50 euros
- guide map (recommended): 1.50 euros
- the birds show (already included in the entry fee) is organised I believe 3 times a day
- duration: 2-3 hours
- the castle is located in the small city of Bouillon itself and overhangs the Semois river
- shops, restaurants and bars
- Semois river
- forest: Bois de Bichelour
The Semois border and Bois de Bichelour makes for nice strolls:
- after leaving the castle, we parked here: 49.797334, 5.068609
- we walked along the Semois to the eastern bridge to cross it
- once on the opposite side, we walked north, again along the Semois
- we followed its curve through a dirt path, until we reached the west bridge
- we followed the Boulevard Vauban back to our car
- estimated stroll duration: a little over an hour
Tips & Tricks
- Some months during the year, night visits are organised. Having seen the castle during the day, I can easily imagine how cool it would be during the night! But no bird show though...
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