Bouillon Things to Do

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    Trip to the Grand Duchy

    by smirnofforiginal Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Really not very far from Bouillon, at all, lies little, tiny Luxembourg and her capital - The Grand Duchy which is rather a clean, green, beautiful and interesting city (where the residence all seem to speak German, French and English at least!).

    There's enough to keep you fully entertained and occupied for a day (at least) and it really is a worth while city to visit.

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    Visit the Castle

    by Scarlie Written Aug 16, 2007

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    The Bouillon Castle has a long history going back to the Xth century.

    Perched on the top of an unscalable rock, with the only accessible side enclosed by the river, it must have been a dream of a fortress, and an excellent place to lord if over from. It proved its worth in gold when Godfried (of Bouillon) sold it off to sponsor the First Crusade a thousand years ago.

    These days it's an open museum (daily til about 6pm, as of Aug 2007, ticket is 5.90 euro). In the summer they also do torch-lit visits at 10pm.

    It's well preserved and worth seeing, least of all for the glorious views. Altho' the torture room is somewhat cramped and lacking in imagination, the prison was bad while the 'oubliette' (the room of the forgotten) was just plain evil.

    Bouillon Castle
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    Battlements, towers and dungeons

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    Godefroid de Bouillon led his army to the Holy Land, purportedly massacred up to 40,000 Muslims & Jews and claimed the title Defender Of The Holy Sepulchre. He was the last Duke of Buillon and sold the castle in 1096 the funds from which he used to go on his giant orgy which started in Germany.

    The castle is everything a csatle should be and you can walk around all the dark passageways, climb to the tops of the towers and look (headily) down from the battlements to the sleepy village below hugging the River Semois... a Feudal castle of little boys dreams

    Within the grounds there are birds of prey but I believe they are only present during the summer months.

    In 2005 it cost E5.20 for adults, children were 1/2 price and under 6 years free.
    Open July & August 9:30am - 7pm
    April - June & Septembedr 10am - 6pm
    December - February 10am - 5pm Sat & Sun
    March, October & November 10am - 5pm

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    Falcony Show

    by himalia11 Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    Inside the castle in the court, a falcony show ("ballet de rapaces") takes place three times a day, at 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30. It is included in the castle admission fee. It's an interesting show - even if you don't understand the French and Dutch explanations! The show takes about 30 minutes and also some voluntaries are asked to join. It's always funny if the birds fly close over your head and everybody ducks his head! It only seemed to be difficult to calm down the little children... Before and after the show, you can also take a look on the birds of prey, there are several birdcages.

    Falcony Show at the castle of Bouillon

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    Chateau Fort - the fortress

    by himalia11 Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    This is just like a castle has to be: old walls, full of corners and hidden places to discover, with gloomy corridors and dungeons! Not only children will like to explore this castle! I'm not sure if we have really seen all places... In any case, this castle is my favourite Belgian castle - my next favourite is La Roche en Ardenne!
    In summer there are also guided tours during nights by torch, that must be great, too!

    First records of this castle date from 988, so it is really old, and besides it's also quite big. The castle was once owned by "Godfrey of Bouillon", a famous leader of the first crusade 1096 who died in Jerusalem. There's a room in the castle dedicated to him, with a cross under a glass pane in the ground.

    There is a free parking in front of the castle, but I think it's much nicer to go there by feet. On both sides, small paths go up to the castle.

    Opened from 10:00 - 17:00/18:00 (depending on the season)
    Admission: adults 5,20 Euro / children 3,50 Euro

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    Le Chateau Fort

    by davidcross Written Sep 29, 2003

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    Why is it so special? I'm not sure but some castles satisfy the little child part of us which refuses to go away as we get older and some castles don't. Since it is an emotional and not a logical reaction, there is probably little point trying to explain it - but this castle hits that spot.
    There are long, low, dark passages interspersed with spiral stairways, battlements and towers.
    I probably went up more steps than was a good idea for me but I think I should do it again. This is magic.

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    Walking excursion to nearby Frahan

    by egonwegh Updated Mar 26, 2012

    We made a walk in the neighbourhood of Bouillon, and passed through the town of Frahan (population: 74, according to Wikipedia )

    Frahan, town centre

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    Visit the castle

    by egonwegh Updated Mar 16, 2012

    Visit the castle of Godfrey of Bouillon (c. 1060 – 18 July 1100), who joined the Holy Crusade and became King of Jerusalem. That's me wearing silly pants and no matching T-shirt.

    Bouillon, the Castle (interior)
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    Bouillon Castle

    by 1W1V Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Why not visiting the castle of the first king of Jerusalem ?
    Go in winter !!
    It is cold, windy, dark and humid !
    It gives a clear picture of what was "la vie de chateau" in the middle-age.

    view from the tallest tower
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