Built in a neoclassical style around 1750, this castle was once the crown piece of its region. The Belgian royal couple, King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth even paid the château and its marvellous green environment a visit once. Unfortunately a relentless fire destroyed much of the castle’s grandeur. A temporary alloy roof was put in place to halt further decay as renovations are planned that will soon reconvert the castle back to its original, elegant condition.
The origin of this château dates back to the 17th century. A few decades ago it was reconverted into a hotel. Poor management however led to the demise of the luxurious establishment. Nowadays the castle stands abandoned amidst its green surroundings. Inside, not a piece of furniture has been removed – the style, a truly eclectic mix of modern kitsch and classic ornamental craftsmanship, is very characteristic of the hotel business.
This majestic castle in a wonderfully quaint environment is located in the far outskirts of Belgium. After the château lost its noble owners some decades ago, it was turned into a vacation home for children. During this period, several of the building’s once prestigious chambers were transformed into class- and bedrooms. When the organization that ran the children’s vacation colony went bankrupt a couple of years ago, the castle along with its beautiful garden was left abandoned.
This indoor ski slope, together with the outdoor cross-country skiing practice track, was once one of the flourishing recreational epicentres of the region. When the slope became outdated, the owner decided to tear it down in order to create space for a new modern slope, adapted to contemporary standards. However, legal interferences halted the demolition of the old slope and also stalled the construction of the new one. This resulted in this surrealistic view, in which only a part of the old slope stands – in a rather dilapidated state – in the middle of an otherwise homogenous residential area.