Hoepertingen Castle

Hoepertingen, Belgium

The predecessor of Hoepertingen castle was mentioned in 1476. The current castle was built by Jan-Willem van Scharenberg in the 17th century and it was restored in Classicist style in 1763. The castle is a U-shaped building with a corner tower, which is a former keep.

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Hoepertingen, Belgium
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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belgium

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4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Gilbert Van Maele (2 years ago)
Calm environment; great to de-stress
Louisa Tessens (2 years ago)
To unwind with a ministry that you may be told.
Karl Leenknegt (2 years ago)
Zeer vriendelijk en behulpzaam personeel. Prachtige locatie. Ideaal om uit te rusten.
Pieter Van den Bussche (2 years ago)
Mooi gelegen kasteel lzngs de fietsknooppunten. Leuk terras met zicht op het binnenplein van het kasteel. Het aanbod van dranken viel wel serieus tegen. De keuze aan bieren mag fors uitgebreid worden alsook de keuze van wijnen. Ik miste wat streekbieren en wijnen op de kaart! Voor de rest wel een ideale tussenstop!
Pieter Van den Bussche (2 years ago)
Beautifully situated castle lzngs the cycling junctions. Nice terrace overlooking the inner courtyard of the castle. The range of drinks was seriously disappointing. The choice of beers can be considerably expanded as well as the choice of wines. I missed some local beers and wines on the menu! For the rest, an ideal stopover!
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