Hauteroche Castle Ruins

Viroinval, Belgium

Hauteroche ('High Rock') is a ruined 14th-century castle, destroyed after a siege in 1554, in the village of Dourbes in the municipality of Viroinval, province of Namur. It is situated on a ca. 50 meters high, rocky promontory, looking out over the valley of the Viroin river. The isolated site of the castle is separated from the plateau by a large, hand cut ditch. It has a square keep with 2.5 meter thick walls and it would originally have been at least 13 meters high.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Davy Kyndt (4 years ago)
Nice old ruin of a castle. Lots of ways takr you to the top. If you stand in front of the castle. You see 3 little paths. They are nice but slippery and very steep. Not recommended for little kids. On the left side just after the parking lot and the housed there is a hiking trail on your right. This path is recommended for kids. Maybe even a buggy can get there. The castle itself is not accessible without some climbing. Once you are there, the view is magnificent. You can also do some small rock climbing in the front side of the castle. However, you will not find any anchor points.
alex motteux (4 years ago)
really nice walk! just dont try to climb straight up, these are loose stones you may fall, slide or die. just take the normal walking route it's already quite steep
Mark S (5 years ago)
Ruins but stunning and surrounded by amazing views of the countryside.
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