The Castle of Vêves, close to the village of Celles, is an exceptional heritage site due to the pristine state of preservation of and one of Belgiums the most remarkable examples of late mediaeval military architecture. According to tradition, the site has been occupied by castles since the time of Pippin of Herstal (7th century). In the later Middle Ages, the area fell under control of the Beaufort family, which oversaw the construction of a stronghold here in about 1230.

The present castle, in the form of an irregular pentagon and flanked by six round towers of varying size, dates largely from around 1410. Successive restorations modified especially the walls of the inner courtyard, one of which is lined with a distinctive half-timbered gallery of two levels, and another of which was given a red brick facade in the Louis XV style. The northern frontage is crowned with a small cupola containing a clock.

Vêves castle is open to the public.

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Mohamed Khalid (2 years ago)
Nice looking castle with great picture to take outside. Unfortunately it was closed. And no one was thier to ask.
NIVARANI BRAHMA (3 years ago)
It is a beautiful castle located in a picturesque destination. We already been there twice. Best time to visit is during summer and I guess if you love to visit during off season than have to book prior apointment to go inside. However, if you are interested to see from outside any period of the year is perfect with most romantic place to visit and take pictures.
casbert7 (3 years ago)
Nice castle that we found closed, but there's a good picture to take outside very close.
Tamás Varga (3 years ago)
Nice castle, worth the visit. Buy your tickets in the small building next to the parking area. You can have a glass of medieval beer or local wine too. The last one is very sweet, most probably mixed with honey.
S. T. (3 years ago)
Great place for a visit with kids! Beautifully restored and maintained castle in the beautiful countryside. Went on a guided tour with many activities to keep kids occupied and teach them about history. Possible this option is just for school trips but worth looking in to!
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