Ooidonk Castle

Deinze, Belgium

Ooidonk Castle is the residence of the current Count t'Kint de Roodenbeke. A fortress was first built on the site of the present castle in 1230, intended to defend the city of Ghent and to fortify the river Leie. This fortress was owned by Nikolaas van Hoendunc, lord of Nevele.

After it was destroyed by Louis de Male, count of Flanders, Jean de Fosseux rebuilt and enlarged the fortress from 1381 onwards, adding moats, so that the castle could only be reached by drawbridge, and strengthening the defences with four towers.

In the 15th century the castle came into the possession of the well-known French noble family of Montmorency, when Jeanne de Fosseux married Jean de Montmorency.

In 1526 Philippe II de Montmorency-Nivelle, the well-known rebel, son of Joseph de Montmorency, Seigneur de Nivelle (died 1530) and of Anna of Egmond, was probably born at Ooidonk Castle. After the death of his father, his mother married Count Jan van Hoorn, who adopted her children. Philippe thus became known as Count Hoorn. He opposed the Spanish rule in the Netherlands and was finally decapitated in 1568 in Brussels.

In the turmoil of religious wars the castle was destroyed twice, in 1491 and in 1579. After the fire of 1579 it was rebuilt again, and this building survives as the present castle.



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Ooidonkdreef 9, Deinze, Belgium
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Founded: 1579
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Catalin Enache (11 months ago)
Well maintained castle with a big beautiful park around. Pitty that you can't visit inside but it's because of the corona. 3 euros for visiting the outside park. Parking places available at the entrance of the domain.
Bogdan Florescu (11 months ago)
We encountered a lot of people, very crowded, the castle was out of the visitation period (until October), but the gardens and the park was still open for visitors. The adjacent roads were filled by people strolling along. There are two parking lots, also filled by cars, free of charge.
Puji Kristina (11 months ago)
Not so much to do in the garden... Not so big either.
echelonakintosh (13 months ago)
A nice domain and garden for a walk. For a small fee you can have access to the gardens and get closer to the castle. I enjoy taking a walk here and in the surrounding area, I would recommend it if you're in the area.
Andega (15 months ago)
Ah this place is magical! Its hard to believe that people actually own and live in this castle. Its something out of a fairytale. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. The gardens are beautiful! Lots of spots to take pictures! I didnt go inside the castle as I wasn't really interested in the guided tour but the outside was very beautiful and peaceful
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