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“Nice view,old ruines appear in deep forest on the rock”

Les ruines du Chateau Fort de Montaigle
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Falaen
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Dinant, Belgium
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Nice view,old ruines appear in deep forest on the rock”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Better insure to have time and good weather,not many tourist so u canenjoy castle ruines.perfect view from ruines to the deep forest and mountains. Access cost 4 euro

Visited September 2011
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Brussels, Belgium
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“A great place”
Reviewed May 18, 2012 via mobile

The chateau is perched on a rock overlooking two small rivers. There is a tiny museum with some interesting things and a short film in french or dutch with the history. The castle itself is completely ruined but it's a very atmospheric place with beautiful views. Don't expect to spend too long there, but there are plenty of other things to do in the region to combine with this visit.

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Dinant, Belgium
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“Ghost-Ruins!”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Ruins don't come anymroe ghost-like! The place is terrific if you arrive on foot or by bycycle across the woods or in the valley of the Molignee. You can get here by the "Draisines" after quite some pedalling. Although the on-site museum isn't that impressive, the views from atop the castle are what you dreamed of when you built that LEGO-castle when you were a kid... Great bars along the way here where you can grab a Leffe, Maredsous or Coke before heding to the area's other attractions. The castle comes alive every now and then on weekends and in summer when Live role-playing games are fired up! Better not loose yourself in these woods at this time!

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

Montaigle castle sits on top of a rocky spur above the confluence of the rivers Molignée and Flavion.

The castle was built on an older site by Guy de Namur in 1298 but thoroughly remodeled in the fifteenth century. Abandoned by its garrison it was sacked and arsoned by French troops in 1554 and never rebuilt.

A visit to the ruins starts at the little museum next to the ticket office. Here the history of the castle and the estate are documented and archeological findings are on display. There is also a very interesting scale model of the castle.

Visitors can discover the ruins at their own pace with the help of an information leaflet.

Access to the castle is gained through a long fortified corridor, originally secured by two gates (of which only traces remain) and a moat with drawbridge (now gone).

In the courtyard you can see ruins of several domestic buildings and a well. Its east side is dominated by the garrison quarters. Its west side houses the lodgings of the garrison captain and the appartments of the nobles.

Some parts of the castle may be fenced off for liability reasons but if you keep your eyes open there is no danger.

Montaigle castle is less well known and must be considered a hidden gem.

Throughout the visit you get a fairly good impression of the layout of the castle. Moreover, the ruins are very picturesque and the quiet of the surroundings adds to the romantic atmosphere. Finally, the staff are very hospitable and passionate about their work.

Honor and praise are due to Les Amis de Montaigle, a group of volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to consolidating the ruins.

Visited August 2011
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“I loved scenery, it gave me the feeling I was in one of those knight films”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

Dogs were allowed and we payed €4 per person. For that we got a guide on paper and explanations on the museum from a friendly cashier. I realy enjoyed walking between the ruins and reading about what each part of the castle was used for during the 14th century. It's a realy fairy tale like scenery that brings you back in time. I would recommend this attraction to everyone. One minor issue is that there's no sink to wash your hands in after going to the toilet.

Visited July 2011
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