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“Surprising Highlight. MAgnificent castle.”

Chateau de Bouillon
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Bouillon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the most impressive remains of feudalism in Europe and the oldest feudal vestige in Belgium. Its origins go back to the 8th century. It is a key account for the medieval architecture and is famous for the 1st crusade, lead by Godfrey of Bouillon. The Castle was used for military purposes until 1830. From the top of the main tower, you can admire a wonderful view on the Semois river and its meanders. Included in the visit : falconry show and permanent didactic exhibition. Also included : permanent exhibition "Scriptura", the history of writing from the Middel Ages until the XXst century.
Melbourne
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“Surprising Highlight. MAgnificent castle.”
Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

Wow. What a castle. In almost original condition. You can walk through every turret, staircase, torture chamber, see everything as.it was.
Really fantastic. The birds of prey show was another surprise. Included in price, and better than others I have seen. Many different birds, showcasing the medieval art of falconry. It was all in French. I think. But still comprehendable.
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Genuine medieval castle, with a birds of prey show - literally epic visit”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

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!

Infos:

- 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

Nearby:

- 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

Strolls

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...

Visited April 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Superb stay at this chateau. Lots to see in this large chateau, including magnificient views over the landscape and the birds of prey show. Our kids (5+2) loved climbing up and going down all these stairs, dark sideways etc.

Visited March 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Not much to say other than absolutely brilliant museum. Make sure you buy the mini guide for €1.50 or whatever, which gives you a lot of information. Beats the castle in Vianden, Luxembourg (an hour away) any day. A must to visit if within an hour by car.

Visited December 2013
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Montana
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“A superb visit”
Reviewed 25 December 2013

The visit of the castle should include the show of birds of prey. It is excellent.
Do not miss it.
Denyse Lemaire

Visited May 2013
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