Sunday. Sun was shining, the weather was sweet. I needed to get out and no, I did not want to go for a walk in the forest we live next to (Yes, we live right next to ‘Heverlee Woods‘). I wanted something new and so I turned to my dad for advice. As an amateur photographer he already explored more of Belgium than I have and so he recommended Le Domaine Solvay and La Hulpe Castle in La Hulpe (“Terhulpen” in Dutch), in the French-speaking part of Belgium.
Kids, always listen to your parents. Le Domaine Solvay with the Castle La Hulpe turned out to be perfect for an afternoon stroll. Wide walking lanes, green lawns and even some horses (which I didn’t take a picture of, sorry).
You won’t only hear French here since there are a lot of expats (diplomats,…) living around La Hulpe. So, walking in the autumn sun, hearing Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and even my own exotic Flemish almost made me feel like I was on vacation.
Walking the Domaine Solvay to find La Hulpe Castle
While you can visit almost anything in Belgium by public transport, Le Domaine Solvay in La Hulpe (Terhulpen) can be reached best by car. Once you get there, don’t feel discouraged by all the cars along the side of the road. Those cars are from people that are too lazy to walk five minutes to the big parking lot for visitors.
Address: Château de La Hulpe, 111 Chaussée de Bruxelles, La Hulpe
Admission: free for the domain, the Châteaux can only be ‘visited’ if you rent it for an event
- April 1 – September 30: 8 am – 9 pm
- October 1 – March 31: 8 am – 6 pm
Website (click through on the homepage and you’ll get a language choice after that)