With the pace of life quickening every day, sometimes we need a glimpse of the past to give us perspective. History can have a new, more personal meaning if we’re able to physically inhabit the same space as our ancestors – plus we gain an understanding of what their lives would have been like.
There are plenty of interesting castles you can visit that are maintained with government money and private donations, but what about the castles that weren’t deemed important enough to save? These castles, which have all been abandoned at some point in time, are a fascinating glance at history that you can access with a bit of ingenuity – and a willingness to get a little dirty.
Château de Noisy
Château de Noisy in Belgium, which was built in the latter half of the 19th century, was the second home of the noble Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who commissioned it after fighting during the French Revolution brought about the destruction of their old home.
A few decades later, the family was still living there when the castle was occupied by German soldiers, who forced them out. After the war years, the castle was sold to the National Railway Company of Belgium, who used it was an orphanage and camp for children until the late 1970s. It has been completely abandoned since 1991.