You’ve probably spotted it from the E411 motorway. The Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne, with its large stone towers and imposing dungeon, is an eye-catcher. It’s no surprise that it has been listed as an outstanding cultural heritage site in Wallonia. And what an exceptional place it is, as beautiful outside as it is inside.
When it comes to must-see sites, the Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne is easily at the top of the list. Construction began in the 15th century and has evolved over time and as a result of the battles that have taken place around it. Don't worry, today you’ll find it surrounded by peace and quiet. The fortress consists of a diamond-shaped inner courtyard, with no fewer than 32 decorated and furnished rooms, surrounded by a moat and an impressive keep. During your visit, wander from room to room and discover what life was like for the Lords of Lavaux in the 17th century. Then the cellars will take you back to rural life in Famenne at the end of the 19th century with the help of the everyday objects, customs and celebrations of the period.
Nature and hunting in the Famenne
Hunting was one of the most popular activities of the lords of the time. This is undoubtedly why the Castle of Lavaux also houses a museum dedicated to nature and hunting, which brings together a fine collection of stuffed animals found in the surrounding countryside. Would you like to go for a walk around the ponds? A wetland, consisting of a pond, a marsh and a meadow, has been reconstructed in order to recreate a typical Famennois ecosystem of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. An orchard is home to 52 tall trees and a collection of beehives, protecting the precious bees from pesticides.
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Explore the surroundings