Groot-Bijgaarden Castle

Dilbeek, Belgium

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle is 12th-century castle in Groot-Bijgaarden in the municipality of Dilbeek, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. The castle was built for Almaric Bigard, the first lord of Bigard.

The castle is surrounded by a wide moat spanned by a bridge with five arches, leading to the drawbridge. The central part of the gatehouse dates from the 14th century. A four-storey tower (built 1347), 30 metres high, is by the side of the gatehouse. The castle is in the Flemish Renaissance style, with red brick and a slate roof. In 1902, the castle was very dilapidated and Raymond Pelgrims Bigard began renovations that lasted 30 years.

Garden architect Louis Fuchs created the 14 hectare park alongside the castle at the start of the 20th century. The park is open in spring every year since 2003 for an international flower exhibition with tulips from the Netherlands.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Avni Shrivastava (5 months ago)
Awesome Tulips....Bit crowded today due to last day...but varieties of tulips and other flowers are really great. Must visit if you are in Brussels during April and May month. You can book tickets online or can also purchase at the place.
Sowjanya N (5 months ago)
Beautiful festival for eyes. Had great time with family. A colorful day trip in Brussels. I felt very refreshing even after a week.. A must visit place in Spring..??
Monica Marasescu (6 months ago)
Wonderful tulip, daffodil and hyacinth garden with towering trees and round an old castle. Opportunity to buy flower bulbs too. Worth visiting in April-May!
Shanmuga priyan (6 months ago)
Pleasant Tulip garden inside a castle, Entry by tickets only. Vast garden with variety of tulips blossoming during Apr to May period. Garden has basic facilities of wash room, a cafeteria.
apostolia gkoulioni (6 months ago)
Nice place, tranquil environment to make a walk surrounded by beautiful gardens. Cafeteria open, clean toilettes available and parking in entrance. A beautiful castle ? in the middle. However, 14 e plus 7 e for kids is really expensive. Pet friendly.
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