What can one experience here?

  • Walking


  • Cycling


  • Castle


  • Parks and gardens

    Parks and gardens

  • Arenberg Castle is an example of traditional brick and sandstone architecture. 
  • The de Croy family took over the domain in 1446 and, in approximately 1600, Duke Charles II of Croy ordered a moat to be built around the castle and added a park and avenue towards Leuven. 
  • Lodewijk Englebert van Arenberg, also known as ‘the blind duke', was a great defender of the arts and science, and therefore of much support to Professor J.P. Minckelers, as the inventor of coal gas. 
  • In 1783, the first ever coal gas-filled balloon took off from the square in front of the castle. 
  • In 1916 the Duke of Arenberg donated the domain to K.U. Leuven, who used the premises to accommodate its applied sciences department.
  • Arenbergkasteel (©Toerisme Vlaams-Brabant)
  • Arenbergkasteel (©Lander Loeckx)

Arenberg Castle

Kardinaal Mercierplein 94,
3001 Heverlee (Leuven)
Tel. +32 16 32 21 18