Bornem Castle, also known as the De Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde Castle, stands on the Oude Schelde, a tributary of the Scheldt. The earliest fortification on the site was of the 10th or 11th centuries and was intended to defend against the incursions of the Normans. A later castle was built on the foundations of the older building in 1587 by the Spanish nobleman Pedro Coloma, lord of Bobadilla, a follower of Alexander Farnese. The property was afterwards leased by the family de Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde, who became the outright owners in 1773.

The present house was built on the same site at the end of the 19th century to plans by Hendrik Beyaert, after the remains of the 16th century building had been demolished. It remains in ownership of the house Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde, the current resident is John de Marnix de Sainte-Aldegonde, 14th Earl of Bornem.

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Founded: 1880
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Catalin Bogdan (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle. It's a pity that it's only open few days per year.
Geert Loosveld (3 years ago)
Well hidden castle in a great nature trail - castle only visitable by appointment - lots of free walking opportunities all around in this very quiet and green castle grounds
Simon Verhoeven (4 years ago)
Well preserved castle in a beautiful domain. Do keep in mind that without a scheduled tour the castle's only open to the public on the 15th of August and the last 2 Sundays of August/first 2 Sundays of September.
Francis Braekeleire (4 years ago)
Castle is private property. If you don't respect that, you can run into issues. Plan your visit on the website, it's not expensive. Stunning and unique castle with surrounding land.
Mateus Signorini (5 years ago)
It is a private property. The streets around are also private etc. Me and my wife left the car in the town and went there by foot, cause there were signs, in flemish, apparently, forbidden cars. It was like 2km walking. The gates were all open, the signs were in flemish. About 70 meters near the castle, the owner appeared and rudely expulsed us. Bad option trying to visit this cattle.
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