Coloma castle was built around 1515. It is a square building with square corner towers and a pear-shaped roof and surrounded by a moat. The castle has been completely restored and serves as a municipal cultural center. In the castle park are some interesting buildings such as the former carriage house of 1731 (now a cozy tavern) and a garden pavilion with stair tower. The Rose Garden of Coloma is the largest in Europe. The garden has an area of 15 hectares.

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Founded: 1515
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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www.sint-pieters-leeuw.be

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Ulysse Doucet (2 years ago)
Fabulous rose garden, perfectly maintained and the beautiful castle of the seventeenth century in the middle of a body of a pound: beautiful. Parking is free (this is rare). The restaurant offers a quality service. Very interesting destination near Brussels.
naima barahman (2 years ago)
Friendly and very helpful staff
André Overputte (2 years ago)
Beautiful flower gardens. Nice to visit when weather OK.
Joseph Dimailig (2 years ago)
I love the vast varieties of roses. A nice walk seeing roses in full bloom. The best time is mid to end of May.
Jed Nguyen (2 years ago)
The castle is nothing special but the nature around the castle and the rose garden make it great. Never in my life to see so many roses like this. As the best keep secret place in Belgium, you can enjoy peaceful day without annoying from tourists.
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