More infoLotsestraat z/n, 1650 Beersel
The moated castle of Beersel is one of the few exceptionally well-preserved examples of medieval fortifications in Belgium. It remains pretty much as it must have appeared in the late 15th century. Over the course of the centuries, this moated castle has had a very eventful history. Visitors experience at first hand what it must have felt like to live in a heavily fortified castle in medieval times.
In 1999, the municipality of Beersel acquired the castle on lease from a national heritage foundation, the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België (Royal Association of Historic Cities and Gardens in Belgium). The municipality aims to carry out repairs, renovations and upgrades to the castle. Since 2003 the castle has been undergoing a series of restoration campaigns.
More infoGemeenveldstraat 1, 1652 Alsemberg
Discover, taste and learn all the secrets of lambic beers from the Senne valley and the Pajottenland!
Visitor Centre ‘De Lambiek’ in Alsemberg is the ideal starting point for an instructive discovery tour along the breweries and blenderies in our region. Come in to sample the spontaneously fermented lambic beer, which has been brewed according to the same traditional methods for centuries. Matured in wooden barrels, lambic is the result of traditional techniques and expertise found nowhere else in the world. With their colours, flavours and scents, lambic-style beers are a source of refined pleasure and a perfect companion for moments of pure conviviality. A fascinating film on the brewing process immerses you in the history of this unique beer full of character!
More infoKerkstraat 16, 3111 Wezemaal (Rotselaar)
Located in a Neo-Gothic building in the heart of wine village Wezemaal, at the foot of the Wijngaardberg (vineyard mound). The exhibition area shows how the hilly Hageland landscape came about, what grapes grow here, and where you can find the vineyards. The Wijngaardberg model provides a glimpse. View the film, and let the winegrowers themselves tell you about their passion. Then click the tablets and get inspiration for walks, bike rides, and a stack of delicious wine recipes.
More infoKasteelstraat 40, 1750 Lennik
Gaasbeek Castle sits enthroned amidst the rolling hills of Pajottenland just outside Brussels. The medieval castle has had an eventful history, evolving from a strategic stronghold to a spacious country house. The Count of Egmont (1522-68) was one of its most celebrated owners, but it was the eccentric Marquise Arconati Visconti (1840-1923) who set about remodeling the building in the romantic style we see today. She turned the inside of the castle into a museum to house her huge art collection, displaying it in historical stage sets. There is still something of a time machine about the dream castle she created. Visitors wander through historicizing interiors filled with tapestries, paintings, furniture, sculptures and other valuable objects.
A visit to the castle is a feast for all the senses. We aim to give our visitors an experience that will stay with them for many years to come. Imaginative exhibitions and projects which creatively relate the historic heritage to the present day, make for ever-changing displays, while concerts and other events ensure there is always something going on here. You’ll find details of all these activities on our website.
The castle also houses a library and an archive (both accessible by arrangement), a museum shop and a regional visitors’ centre.
The park surrounding the castle with its ancient trees, its lakes, avenues, narrow winding paths, chapel, pavilion and other historic buildings is the perfect place to unwind. The estate also boasts a wonderful museum garden, where old varieties of fruit and vegetables are nurtured.
More infoLeuvensesteenweg 22, 1910 Kampenhout
The Belgian endive museum provides a fascinating illustration of how Belgian endives are traditionally grown and traded. The social and cultural aspects of cultivation are also covered.
New: ask for a tablet at the information desk and test your knowledge of Belgian endives.
More infoAbdijstraat 22, 1850 Grimbergen
MIRA is the oldest and biggest Public Observatory in Belgium.
A lot of experiments, multimedia and especially a well equipped observation platform are waiting for you! We can show you around through the night sky with a lot of big telescopes…
More infoBloso-domein Hofstade, Tervuursesteenweg -, 1981 Hofstade (Zemst)
Have the time of your live in the Sportimonium, play and sports! If you want to know how great your physical condition is in ‘measure yourself against the athletes’ and compare your condition with top athletes. Experience traditional sport in the folk sports garden and jump into the sports history in the Olympic recognized Sports museum.
More infoMarkt 7b, 3080 Tervuren
Tervuren lies in the Dyle Region and forms part of the Green Belt around Brussels. The park and the Soignes Forest is a haven for hikers and bikers. Travel around the world with 700 tree species in the Arboretum. And don't forget to visit the new Tourist Visitor Centre, a real hands on introduction to all Tervuren and surroundings has to offer.
More infoDienst Toerisme en Erfgoed, Grote Markt 6, 3300 Tienen
The sugar town of Tienen, situated in hilly Hageland country, has a rich history, as well as inspiring monuments and fine buildings. You can see that Tienen was a former Roman settlement by enjoying a visit to 'het Toreke' museum. The totally refurbished layout of the displays introduces you to a mystical and fascinating world dealing with the rituals about life and death in Roman times. We also show you the results of the excavations that began in 1997, uncovering the largest Roman cemetery in the Benelux. This extensive 'dig' has revealed a treasure trove of objects and finds and gives us a look at the burial rites of the Romans and what they thought about the dead and the hereafter. Guided tours can be arranged.
Situated nearby is the Sugar Museum, which guarantees a unique and almost overwhelming experience. Take an audio-guide on the surrealistic “search for the lost taste of sugar”, which immerses you in an amazing world of fact and fiction. The whole rich and colourful world of sugar is covered on the tour: the enthralling social history of the seasonal worker, harvesting the beet and processing it into sugar, the way bees produce honey, the effect that sugar has on our body and all the possible uses that sugar can be put to. Simply not to be missed!
The Sugar Museum will close somewhere in 2017 and will be replaced by a new visitor centre with the name Z.O.E.T. (sweet).