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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Lauranne P (2 years ago)
We visited the park for the Floralia event and all I can say is that it was truely amazing. There was more than enough parking place and the netrance felt like a small market place. The flowers themselves were beautiful as well. It's ckean and cared for. There were refreshments available, smoothies that were made on the spot and a gorgeous place by the water to enjoy thel in peace
Dorian Scheenloop (2 years ago)
A beautiful and authentic castle which also provides an amazing park and garden full of flowers and great oaks.
Mitr Friend (2 years ago)
It wasn't very big and cannot be compared to the tulip fields of Keukenhof, but this is the best place to go in Brussels. Try to go early and do not climb the tower as soon as you enter. The best way to enjoy is to go to the floral area in the most interior region and then finally climb the tower.
Gu Ka (2 years ago)
It was fantastic experience, it is beautiful place and good arranging of all plants. You can smile all the time, there is no other way, so many flowers aground! that is good for mental and for the health!
Rakesh satyanarayana (2 years ago)
It is a nice place to visit in the outskirts of Brussels city. A old castle and very well maintained garden and lot of flowers. Calm place to go,relax and picnic. Visit between April and May will be more good because there will be floraila flower exhibition.
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