Elst Castle Ruins

Duffel, Belgium

Elst castle ruins in Duffel is one of the oldest buildings in the province of Antwerp. The oldest reference dates from the 12th century. At that time castle was owned by the brothers Hildincshusen. From 1356 until the French Revolution in 1789 the castle was owned by the Tongerlo Abbey and was inhabited by the steward. It was also used as a residence for the nobility. In 1584 the castle burned down and was then rebuilt. In the late 16th century it was a vicarage.

According to 17th- and 18th-century drawings Elst castle was a large building surrounded by moat and gardens. In 1799 the castle was sold to Louis Hermans showed demolish three of the four main buildings of the complex and restored the wing part with the towers. During the First World War the castle was badly damaged.



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Ter Elstlei 16, Duffel, Belgium
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Belgium


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Alex Rory (20 months ago)
Nice park. Quite place to come to your senses in this busy world.
Rado (2 years ago)
Pretty large Park with a lot of animals (has a little Zoo inside), a fort castle with Rams inside but I haven't seen them for a while. Some water, bridges, street workout place, playground, I think there are fishing spots also Very nice place!
Gerry Ghostrider (2 years ago)
This is a very nice place in the heart of Duffel. The castle used to be open to the public but that has changed over the last couple of years. Ter Elst, locally known as Kasteel Ter Elst, lies on an islet in a public park. The history of Ter Elst reaches back to the 12th century. It was then owned by the Hildinckhusen brothers, the oldest known lords of Duffel. The castle lies close to the river Nete.
shasha Guintapa (2 years ago)
Its Nice to walk around and it's aquite place.
Andy Evans (3 years ago)
There are some deer and birds nearby that added to the experience. Consensus was that the pheasant was the most beautiful.
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