Franchimont Castle

Theux, Belgium

Franchimont Castle sits at the western end of a small hill overlooking the village of Franchimont. It is thought to have originally been built in the 11th century, as a stronghold of the Principality of Liège. The original building was extended several times during the Middle Ages, once after a fire in 1387.

In 1487 the castle was besieged, and around the same period the La Marck family took ownership of it. In the early 16th century the outer wall was built, with casemates and an artillery tower added.

Today the castle is owned by the town of Theux and is open to the public. The artillery tower at the north-east corner contains a small exhibition and the ticket office.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Athanasios Gkoutziotis (12 months ago)
The castle was closed by the time we arrived. However, the walking trail was really beautiful.
Bryan Volckaert (2 years ago)
Definitely worth the visit if you’re in the area! They even provide an interactive experience for kids by using a photo quest. Friendly people at the desk, good priced giftshop. In short nothing negative to say!
alain suttels (2 years ago)
This castle is closed at the time as it only opens in May. You can, however, take a walk through the mote. The castle ruin is in very bad shape.
Manoel Bispo de Santana Júnior (4 years ago)
Went on July 2020 Parking close to the landmark - free Ruins of a castle from Liege archbishops... Interesting to see evolution of the building. 4 euros each and you receive a map to see landmarks. Interesting toilletes (by gravity ?) Bunkers were not accessible (long stairs to go down and closed space) Place under refurbishment (always) Interesting to know the history of the region. Recommended (but not for handicapped people or aged) Enjoy!
Niels Post (5 years ago)
Was closed. But parking next to it, so perfect.
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