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The castle of Attre as we see it now, was built in the middle of the 18th century by Count François Philippe Franeau d’Hyon van Gomegnies. It was erected on the foundation of a middle age castle that was in the hands of the family since 1520. The structural work was finished in 1752. Count François died in 1755. His son François Ferdinand Franeau d’Hyon continued the work of his father and he took care that the interior decorations were finished. It took more than 30 years before the interior was completely decorated. The castle is in a neo classical style and the interiors are French, mainly from the Lodewijk 15th period. After a visit to the castle you can also walk in the park that is situated behind the castle. You will find there a pigeon tower that was part of the old castle. If you walk further in the park you will find the unique 18th century massive artificial rock. The top looks likes a ruin of an ancient castle and throughout the rock are many passages. In these passages it is fantastically pitch black.
I visited the castle in September 2001. The tour (given in French) with a guide, lasted about 40 minutes. The interior of the castle is really beautiful. You will find the castle of Attre in the province of Henegouwen. It is not far from the city Ath along route N56.
The castle and park can be visited during April-May-June-September and October: on Sunday: from 2 pm to 5 pm. July and August: Saturday and Sunday: from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Also open on Public Holidays from 1 April to 31 October from 2 pm to 5 pm. Last visit of the castle at 5 pm.
Groups of minimum 20 people: daily from 1 April to 31 October by reservation.
All visits to the castle are accompanied by a guide - languages: French, Dutch, English - duration: +/- 50 minutes