Located in Celles, near Dinant, the medieval castle of VÍves looks like it has fallen off the pages of a fairy-tale book. Though not huge, it is particularly picturesque, as is the village of Celles and its old Romanesque church.
The earliest mention of Vêves was as a fief of Pepin of Herstal in the 8th century. The Beaufort family (see Spontin) built the present castle in 1410 on the top of rock formation.
It is composed of a dungeon and six towers covered by pointed roofs. The inner courtyard has a contrasting early 18th century facade and is flanked by a half-timbered two-storey gallery.
The interior of the castle is as worthwhile as the outside, with a collection of refined furniture dating from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century.
The castle is the property of the Counts of Liedekerke-Beaufort, descendants of the original Lords of Beaufort.
Opening Hours & Admission
The castle is open daily from April to October, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (until 5:00 pm in April and October). It is closed on Mondays, except in July and August and on national holidays.
Admission is 5 € for adults and 3 € for children.
How to get there
Vêves is located near the village of Celles, on the N94 between Dinant and Ciergnon. You will need your own wheels to get there.
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