What can one experience here?

  • Walking


  • Cycling


  • Castle


  • This moated castle lies nestled in the green Wingebeek valley, between the Hageland hills. 
  • The Lords of Horst lived here as long ago as the 13th century, and the characteristic square keep dates back to the 15th century. 
  • In the 17th century the castle’s noble resident, Maria-Anna van den Tympel, ordered the building of two wings around the inner courtyard and carried out some important decorative work. 
  • She also arranged the building of the coach house, which now accommodates the visitor's centre with its heritage shop and a cosy local café. 
  • The castle, with its large pond/moat, is home to  ‘De Rode Ridder’ (The Red Knight), the cartoon character created by Willy Vandersteen. 
  • The castle sits in magnificent grounds, owned by the Agency for Nature and Forests (ANB).
  • Dogs are permitted on the castle grounds, but not inside the castle. 
  • There is limited access to the castle for wheelchairs and buggies.
Attention! The castle will be undergoing renovation in 2020. During the preparation phase, a dam will be constructed around the castle. These works will start on 15 June. Brasserie Wagenhuys and the visitor center remain open during the works.
  • Kasteel van Horst (©Lander Loeckx)
  • Kasteel van Horst (©Lander Loeckx)

Horst Castle

Horststraat 28,
3220 Holsbeek (Holsbeek)
Tel. +32 16 62 33 45