The only local example of a still-intact fortified medieval castle. The
three-towered, 13th-century castle is set in a wooded area and surrounded by a moat,which you cross via drawbridge. Pick up the excellent English-language. End your visit with a stop at the mag-
nificent mausoleum that holds the alabaster effigies of Henry II of Witthem and his wife, Jacqueline de Glimes, who lived here during the early 1400s.
Grand Sablon’s little cousin, place du Petit Sablon, an ornamental garden with a fountain and pool, it’s a magical little retreat from the city bustle. The 48 bronze statuettes adorning the surrounding wrought-iron fence symbolize Brussels’s medieval guilds. Two statues in the center commemorate the Catholic counts of Egmont and Hornes, who were
beheaded in 1568 for protesting the cruelties of Spain’s Holy Inquisition in the Low Countries.