Reinhardstein Castle

Waimes, Belgium

Reinhardstein Castle is located in valley of the Warche, in the village of Ovifat in the municipality of Waimes (Weismes). It was built in 1354 for Wenceslaus of Luxembourg, while still Count, by his vassal Reinhard of Weismes.

In 1550 following the marriage of Anne Naussau to Guillaume of Metternich, Reinhardstein became the property of this important Rhineland family, until the French Revolution. Abandoned, it fell progressively into important ruin.

In the 19th century it was nearly destroyed by quarrying, and since 1969 has been reconstructed.

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Founded: 1354
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Alexander Ivanchev (6 months ago)
Really enjoyed my visit. It's not a very popular destination, but is situated in a super picturesque area. I usually don't go on guided yours, but it's not an option there and the guide was great. Cozy restaurant too - friendly people. Practical tips: if you visit the castle and go for a walk to see the waterfall plan for half a day. No, you cannot park next to the castle, but there are two decently sized lots about 500m away. FR/NL tours start every 40 mins - 1 hour. The tour takes about 1:20 hour. EN tours are by appointment only. Take hiking shoes, it's not an urban destination.
Matthias Tytgat (7 months ago)
it's a nice walk to the castle. You can have a drink there and visit the castle, or just admire the sights.
Manoel Bispo de Santana Júnior (7 months ago)
Singular history of a “guardian house” totally refurbished. Some tips: - parking is far from the “castle” entrance ,so be prepared to walk. - visit inside is recommended (also be prepared to walk), the guides are really good and give you interesting infos ( our guide was a lady who was an ex-teacher) - taste the local beer (strong) - know the history oh the visionary who bought the property.
Kirsten Zonnenberg (8 months ago)
Beautiful place to walk. Sometimes the route is a bit steep and there is a bit of climbing here and there, but definitely doable!
Anca Gregorius (8 months ago)
Didn't actually go inside, but in the forest around it. It's quite impressive and the path leading up to it too. There's also a waterfall in the vicinity, but I only recommend it if you are in good condition and feeling adventurous. At the foot of the castle there's a small bar/tavern that sells refreshments and the local beer :)
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