The castle of Walzin

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It was a wonderful day and my friend Christian had promised Kaija that he would join her for a canoe ride on the rivers close to Dinant. The basic route was 22 km ride and it would take them 3 hours at least. I on the other side don’t like water activities so I had planned to drive around in the surround area and enjoy some of the many other activities. In Wallonia September is the month where a lot of things happen.

When I sent them of in the water there was in the village a mountain race for car; all kinds and it was huge fun to follow their aggressive start. I followed the race for some time before I decided to drive towards Dinant. Dinant is one of my favourites in this area and I have always liked to follow the Meuse all the way in to France.

I was driving in the surroundings of the castle in Walzin went i found myself in the middle of a Classic Car Rally.

Getting blocked by a bus in the middle of a classic car rally
The cars were fabulous; there were numerous of my favourite cars buzzing around me. At one point we all got blocked in due to the breakdown of a bus in a place where it was not allowed to be. It took more than 30 minutes to get help to him and help the driver with him problem.  

The little city of Walzin had some nice restaurant but otherwise it is most famous for its castle. The history of this castle goes back to the 11th century when a first fortification was erected on this spot.

The castle was inhabited by Walter de Kefreyn in 1235. This family become extinct when Isabelle de Kefreyn died without an heir in 1314.

The castle appears again in 1354 when it is owned by Wautier de Walzin.

Getting blocked by a bus in the middle of a classic car rally
He dies in 1385, and his daughter Marie marries Gilles de Kemexhe. In 1466 the castle is destroyed by the French army and in 1489 it is again plundered by the Austrian army.

The year 1554 is again a disastrous year. The French army of King Henry II invaded the area. The Duke of Nevers installed himself in the castle and burns it down. The year is 1566 when Catherine d'Yve owns the castle she was in 1553 married with Thiry III van Brandenburg. She dies in 1566 and her son Jan van Brandenburg becomes lord of Walzin. His widow Adrienne de Berlaimont restores the castle in 1581.

The armorial bearings of the Brandenburg – Berlaimont family still decorate the mantelpieces. The last marquis d'Yve dies without an hair in 1821 so the castle goes to his widow who gives the castle to her niece Countess de Hamal. She sells the castle to Alfred Brugman in 1850.

Getting blocked by a bus in the middle of a classic car rally
Alfred starts to restore the castle.

In the years 1930 – 1932 there is another restoration done by Baron Fréderic Brugman. His daughter Baroness Albert de Radzitsky d'Ostowick becomes the lady of the house in 1945.

The last info is that the castle was up for sale a couple of year’s age, and there is no current information about who owns the castle. The fun part is how to get there. As you only can view the castle from the river you have two ways to get there. One is driving up there or you can choose the more fun way and park your car at the train station of Anserremme and hike the dirt path along the left bank of the river Lesse. This way you have to walk about 5km along the river through the forest. It is much more fun than driving to the castle.

However no matter how you get there to get a good view of the castle you have to cross the river and there is no bridge so you only option is to wade through the river, the river is never really deep.

Chokk says:
Yeah - and why not - follow your inner paparazzi. The river is only one meter deep here!

Most of the people coming by canoe goes closer:)
Posted on: Sep 11, 2009
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