Château fort de Bouillon

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Château fort de Bouillon
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The castle of Bouillon, the oldest vestige of feudalism in Belgium Visit one of the largest fortified castles in Belgium and embark on a journey through more than 1000 years of history. Standing on three rocky peaks, the castle of Bouillon dominates the city and offers a magnificent view of it. During your visit, you will also be able to discover an art very widespread in medieval times: falconry. Admire the majestic flight of hawks, eagles and owls in a show with humor (from 01/03 to 11/11 inclusive). Finally, end the visit with the Scriptura museum which will tell you the history of the school and the exhibition of the fresco "The Armed Pilgrimage of Godfrey of Bouillon".
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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JanRSF
Rancho Santa Fe, CA249 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were here on a Sunday and it was very busy but not too crowded inside. It’s stone, dark and had tunnels that weren’t too tall so it makes us glad that we don’t live in that period. There were nice views over the countryside from the tower. A highlight is the Falconery show. It wasn’t in English so we missed the commentary and jokes but it was very entertaining. The man and his assistant showed about ten birds doing various different flying skills, including some owls and and eagle. There’s a small parking lot at the top of the hill in front of the entrance otherwise it is a hike uphill.
Written August 3, 2021
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T G
Brussels, Belgium12 contributions
Jul 2020
The Chateau has the advantage of size, history and the falconry. Despite COVID restrictions the tour through the buildings gave a good sense of the building and allowed views of the location that explained how the site had been chosen. A visit to the archaeological exhibition afterwards meant more after seeing the castle allowing a potted appreciation of the history.

The Falconry was in french and dutch and was great teamwork between two capable people that obviously relished working with the variety of birds. Humour, care and an understanding that birds needed to be seen close to as well as in flight.

Well worth the visit.
Written July 25, 2020
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC965 contributions
Jun 2020
I love castles. So much history! Bouillon castle was great! A formidable piece of architecture. Loved the bridges connecting the various parts of the castle. Excellent views of Bouillon from the top of the castle. I did not do the audio guide which in hindsight I'm sure would have explained much of what I was looking at.

There is a decent size parking lot next to a restaurant. Toilets are available and there is a small gift shop in the castle.

Since I visited during COVID, you were only allowed to go one way throughout the castle, and the falconry show was not taking place.

I recommend this castle, especially during nice weather with clear views of Bouillon.
Written June 28, 2020
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DSantwerpen
Antwerp, Belgium54 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
Visited the château for a third time over about 10 years. Prices have risen though visitors' experience largely remained the same.
The Castle has been altered dramatically by Vauban. A lot of the medieval atmosphere is lost.
Nice views.
For the smaller children it might be a must to visit. For the 'connaisseur' the outside view might be enough.
Advice to the tourist office: make the visit more chevalier-like.
Written February 21, 2021
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Teedeegee
Deurle, Belgium27 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
From a historic point of view, something you should do and nice visit for the kids! Certainly if they are interested in history, crusades and middle ages. However it does feel like a tourist trap compared to other medieval castles. Not the top castle. Gravensteen (Ghent) is way better and more ‘kept up’ … But this castle offers a really nice bird show (falcons) …which makes a lot good. What I find horrendous is the nightly light show … it does no good to the place! But hey that’s a personal detail. I do feel that bouillon should step up it’s game. It has so much much to offer but it means somewhat back on its castle and restaurants … but more than that there’s nothing much more to offer in the winter (too bad)
Written March 1, 2022
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fmarcillaud
Rotterdam, The Netherlands82 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a must visit location!

One remark, if you want to visit with a stroller, don't!

The caste has an amazing view on all sides.
Old corridors and is well protected so that gives at least 2 hours visiting time (moving fast).

Looking for an amazing 1st century castle to visit? This is it!
Written August 21, 2020
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Geckow
Vemmelev, Denmark54 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The castle itself is phenomenal; all kinds of hidden rooms, corridors, towers. I highly recommend to use the audio tour otherwise you won’t have a clue where you’re looking at. The views over the village are fantastic, and traditional music from speakers make the castle more lively. The entrance price is just fine; I like to help preserving the castle. I was worried by the claim uphill, but there are parking spots just before the castle’s entrance. Bring water, as you cannot buy anything in the castle itself.

I would rate it 5 stars, but my heart really hurt when I saw numerous birds or prey chained with only a stick, some water and a tiny shelter. Modern zoo’s provide an attractive and stimulating environment for their animals. In the fort you literally go back to the Middle Ages in terms of how animals are treated. I’m not saying they should stop the show, I think birds should be able to move freely within a large confinement, and have hiding spots (aso from the sun).
Written August 26, 2019
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Baalinooo
Brussels, Belgium18 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
This is a full-sized, perfectly maintained, medieval castle, not mere ruins. And we're talking epic knight battle castle, not Cinderella's. Great visit for adventurers.

We opted for the guide map, but there are also an audio guide and guided tour options.

There is a suggested path that takes you through the whole castle, clearly marked with numbers on the map and along the way, with their corresponding description on the guide book.

What we enjoyed the most along the tour:
- the view from the top: the castle is atop a small mountain
- the arrowslits: seeing through them, you get the feeling of being a knight!
- the tunnels dug into the rock itself, that even require you to crouch sometimes
- the long subterranean
- the torture chamber
- the oubliettes and dungeon
- and, most notably, the birds of prey show!:

Show involving different sorts of birds of prey and highlighting their characteristics: chouette (white), hibou (ominous), aigle (big), vautour (scary), buses, faucon (fast - involves a cool demonstration using a sling). One of the birds in particular, is very impression: they call it Spartacus, and I'll leave it at that... The birds fly really low and close to the public head's. The falconers are very funny, engaging and seem to genuinely care about the animals. We greatly enjoyed the show!

Infos:

- free car park in front entrance: 49.794428, 5.067040
- castle's entrance fee: adult 6.50 euros
- guide map (recommended): 1.50 euros
- the birds show (already included in the entry fee) is organised I believe 3 times a day
- duration: 2-3 hours

Nearby:

- the castle is located in the small city of Bouillon itself and overhangs the Semois river
- shops, restaurants and bars
- Semois river
- forest: Bois de Bichelour

Strolls

The Semois border and Bois de Bichelour makes for nice strolls:
- after leaving the castle, we parked here: 49.797334, 5.068609
- we walked along the Semois to the eastern bridge to cross it
- once on the opposite side, we walked north, again along the Semois
- we followed its curve through a dirt path, until we reached the west bridge
- we followed the Boulevard Vauban back to our car
- estimated stroll duration: a little over an hour

Tips & Tricks

- Some months during the year, night visits are organised. Having seen the castle during the day, I can easily imagine how cool it would be during the night! But no bird show though...
Written April 7, 2014
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Arjan
Almere, The Netherlands205 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The castle is a beautiful medieval castle but my hearth broke seeing so many bird of prays of a leash (!) that only allowed the to sit on a stick, move 1 meter left in a shelter and one meter right to a small puddle of water.

Please please stop this. The castle does not need this, it’s animal abuse, it’s cruel and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I refused to see the show with these birds. I can’t believe this is even legal in Belgium?

The castle itself has a worth a visit if this cruelty is stopped immediately.
Written August 26, 2019
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HotelsOverview
Utrecht, The Netherlands133 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
My little dog has traveled to many places... always behaved better than children!
He has visited many castles and caves... but he was not allowed here!
Written September 2, 2012
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