Arenberg Castle, Leuven

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Kasteel van Arenberg is a château in Heverlee close to Leuven in Belgium. It is surrounded by a park.
The site had been the castle of the lords of Heverlee since the 12th century, but this family became impoverished and had to sell the site in 1445 to the Croÿ family from Picardy. Antoon van Croy demolished the medieval castle and started works to build the current château in 1455 on the site, of which he destroyed all but one tower. Willem van Croÿ completed the works on the château in 1515, and founded a monastery on the château grounds for the Benedictine Celestines. The architectural style is in large part traditionally Flemish, with sandstone window frames and brick walls, though it has been structurally altered since 1515 and has elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Neo Gothic architecture. Its large corner towers are typical, once surmounted by a German eagle.
Charles III of Croy was the 4th and last duke, and after his death in 1612 without issue the château passed to the Arenberg family into which his sister had married, and remained in that family until the First World War.
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  • Worth a visit! Just take bus 2 (Heverlee Campus) to get to the place. Aside from the castle, it is nice to take a stroll around the area.  more »
  • Good stop on a basic walking tour, but don't expect much when you are there. The building is used as a university, so it's mostly classrooms and offices. The castle, little canal, and gardens make...  more »
  • I don't go inside this place but it looks really cool from the outside. Once owned by a rich German family, thus the double golden eagles. The grounds surrounding it are quite nice and there's a beautiful tree lined pathway leading to it. If you figure out what the odd sticks hovering over the river are for please let me know 😅 Recommended as part of a tour of the lovely campus!
  • Nice place to take a walk in evening, do some picnic or just enjoy outside.

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