Castle Cortewalle Beveren

The first stone of the Cortewalle castle must have been laid in the beginning of the 15th century. It is a beautiful water castle although there have been some big renovations over the years.

Some rooms and the chapel are open to the public and can be visited with a guided tour. In the attic there is a museum. There are also regularly exhibitions and concerts held at the castle. Around the castle there is a park of approx. 10 hectares including a unique coach house dating back to the 18th century. The coach house is now a café and restaurant. Also very interesting is the cast iron bridge and a number of artworks surrounding the castle.

As an visitor you can only see the castle on a guided tour from May to September, every first and third Sunday of the month. The visit is free. The entrance to the garden is also free.

You can find the castle at this address: Zwarte Dreef 1, Beveren.

Castle Altena, Kruibeke

The castle was built in 1594 to replace an older castle that was burned down ten years earlier. In 1878 the so called water castle was restored and enlarged to a design by Antwerp architect Joseph Schadde. The castle is built up in brick and sandstone. The special style is enlivened by round and eight-edged turrets, cantilevered wall parts and staircases.

At the moment the castle is not protected monument, it was last used as a study and education center by the Catholic order the 'Brothers of Love'. When the last brother left the castle, it was donated to the town of Kruibeke to make it a accessible place for all people of the neighbourhood. The town of Kruibeke also owns the park surrounding the castle. Every year there is a big international festival, free to the public.

You can find the castle and its park at this address: Burchtstraat 11, Kruibeke. 

Eddy Merckx the fastest cyclist in the world

Eddy Merckx, a former Belgian cyclist, is still today the world's fastest cyclist. He was active from 1961 to 1978 and won a total of 525 competitions. He won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia five times, won all classics several times except Paris Tours.

He also won the Vuelta España. He became the world champion both as an amateur and as a professional. He broke the world hour record cycling. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate at the University of Brussels. He also has reserved the status of Baron by the Royal family.

After his career in cycling, he started his own bicycle company called 'Eddy Merckx'.