Walzin Castle is located over the river Lesse near Dinant. Construction began in the 13th century, and the 15th-century Renaissance horseshoe tower with four cannon ports still exists, even though the castle was burned down by the French army in 1554. There were several restorations later, the latest by Baron Fréderic Brugman between 1930 and 1932. Victor Hugo made a drawing of it in 1863.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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Sergei Krasii (2 years ago)
Great view of the castle from the left bank of the river
Nitin Bathi (2 years ago)
A pretty castle on top of a mountain right next to the river. You can only enjoy great views of the castle. You can hike around the castle through the forest route. There is a new bridge which has been operational from sometime now which makes it easier to get better views of the Castle
Precious Kim-Malloy (2 years ago)
My husband and I took our car from our hotel in Dinant to this castle. We parked at the end of the dirt road. We then proceeded to walk around to find the best view of the castle. The castle grounds themselves aren't accessible to the public. There are fences that keep outsiders out. Seeing the castle across the river is the way to go though! From the end of the dirt road, you can see the river on the right. There's a dirt road right before it that you can follow until you reach a bridge that takes you across the river. It's pretty! The trek towards the castle is quite muddy. Prepare to wear the right shoes with better traction. I didn't, and so was reduced to holding on to branches to avoid slipping to a watery death. Just follow the path until it opens up to this gorgeous view of the castle. The sounds of rushing water is soothing. It's really peaceful and beautiful. Although one can't explore the inside, the trip to see the outside was worth it. It's a short drive from Dinant anyway.
Gabriel Mirica (3 years ago)
Not possible to visit as simple turist. Such a pity
Dirk Bollen (3 years ago)
Have been kayaking along this beautiful castle. Some pics from the river side attached.
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