Guldendal and Prinsenkasteel
Ruins of the Prinsenkasteel
At a stone’s throw of the Guldendal, in the middle of the Prinsenbos pond, the vestiges of the Prinsenkasteel loom high above the trees. A water castle surrounded by a park and other properties, this once mighty bastion used to be the home of the lords of Grimbergen after their fortress at the Borcht burned down during the Wars of Grimbergen (12th century). The castle has undergone many refurbishings over the course of the centuries.In 1944, retreating German soldiers set fire to the castle, after which it declined further into a ruin. Only the castle keep, i.e. the fortified residential area, remained intact and is currently being restored. Once the restoration works are completed, this tower will be repurposed as a part of the museum.