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Chateau de Bouillon (Bouillon Castle), Bouillon
Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
Get a taste of medieval history at Chateau de Bouillon (Bouillon Castle), a castle with origins dating back to 988. Enter by way of one of the three drawbridges, and then explore the castle while learning about its rich history. Don't forget to head down to the basement to see the dungeons and torture chambers. Finish off with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape by climbing the 16th-century tower. Check online for the times of the free falconry show, performed three times a day. You can park for free next to the castle. Put Chateau de Bouillon (Bouillon Castle) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bouillon tourist route planner.
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Nous avons visité le château en octobre. Cette visiste fut vraiment très intéressante et nous avons appris beaucoup de chose. La manière dont le circuit est construit est vraiment bien pensé. Les audi... read more »We visited the castle in October. This visit was really very interesting and we learned a lot of things. The way the circuit is built is really well thought. Audio guides are really well made and bring more really useful information. The Raptor is pretty and the trainer gives a lot of interesting information, but I expected to see more things; the Raptors simply fly. It is nevertheless a visit in a lovely town.show original
Le château est merveilleusement bien entretenu et est très grand. Il y a des audio guide à disposition pour 2,50 mais mes visites guidées sont un peu chères (45euro). Le prix du parc comprend un spect... read more »The castle is beautifully well-maintained and is very large. There are some audio guide available for 2.50 but my tours are a bit expensive (45euro). The price of the Park includes a show of raptors 3 times per day and should not to be missed. The Falconer of very funny and knows his birds will teach you many things. Beautiful complicity between them.show original
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Un endroit remplis d'histoire, au coeur des Ardennes belge. Une visite bien fléchées, bien illustré. Je recommande .A place full of history, in the heart of the Ardennes Belgium. A visit of arrow, well illustrated. I recommend.show original
Very fast and friendly service, great collection of beers and small menu of snacks and omelettes. Very reasonable prices considering the location in front of the castle.
Manoel Cortes Mendez
Genuine medieval castle, with a birds of prey show - literally epic visit 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 impressive: 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... Visited in April 2014.
Terrific castle in a terrific town. The falconry show is worth seeing and I highly recommend the mussels in the cafe along the river. You'll know which one by the line out the door and the sidewalk.
Olivier van Dijk
If you are ever around "Bouillon" I would higly suggest checking this castle, it's a lovely castle to walk around, the bird show that they have is also really nice and the view was magnificent.
Grégory ChristopheA quiet and peaceful place, a place rich and magical landscape, to visit without hesitation! For the youngest age as a senior, it should be perfectly fine and offers a magnificent show of raptorsshow original
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