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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Niels Post (2 years ago)
Was closed. But parking next to it, so perfect.
Michelle Villaça (2 years ago)
Stunning medieval castle in Belgium. Built around the XII century, one of the most charming things I've ever seen. I really felt good about this place. Unfortunetly, it was closed when I went, so I coundn't come inside. It's ok, though. It's beautiful outside too.
Stephen Newey (3 years ago)
Unfortunately the Chateau itself is closed between November and March. However we visited in December, and it was still worth coming and seeing. There are some nice views across the Belgian landscape on offer. Plenty of free parking, and I’m sure it is more alive when the Chateau is open.
Gabriel Mirica (3 years ago)
I visited in autumn... nice place. I suppose during the summer is more animated and more interesting
Ryan Groenewold (3 years ago)
An amazing and also long audio tour about the history of this castle. Little details are perfectly discribed in different languages. The views from within the castle are also amazing.
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