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Since 1780 the castle has been in the hands of the Marnix family. But the history of this neo gothic castle goes back to the 9th and 10th century when there was a medieval stronghold on this spot. This castle was built on the banks of the river Schelde. The route of the river changed around 1240. As the result of this the castle lost its defending purpose.
The interior of the castle is richly decorated with paintings, furniture, lace, Chinese porcelain and handwritten books. The old outhouse is a coach museum. Also, there is a permanent exhibition about the life of Philips de Marnix (1538-1598) Lord Van Sainte Alegonde, the most famous name of the Marnix dynasty.
The castle has been available for visiting since 1988. John de Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde, the 14th Count, was the initiator of this. The castle is only open to groups during the year and by appointment only. There are a few weekends in the year that you can visit the castle individually without the necesity of having an appointment. The last two Sundays of August plus August 15th and the first two Sundays of September between 1.30pm and 4pm are when the castle is open for individual visits. The guided visit lasts about 90 minutes. The castle is situated in the city of Bornem. Take the A12 Brussels to Antwerp, exit Temse (road N16) and then Exit Bornem. The castle is also visible from the back. To get there you take the road to Temse, go to the left just before the bridge. Then follow the road called Binnendijkstraat where you will see this impressive place on your left side after a few minutes driving.