Beersel Tourist Attractions
A notable attraction in Beersel is the Kasteel van Beersel, built between 1300 and 1310 by Jan II, the Duke of Brabant, as a defense for Brussels.
Beersel Moated Castle
Beersel is famous for its brick moated castle, built around 1300, on a triangular base. The three 17th C. towers, rounded on the outside but gabled on the side facing the inner courtyard, are linked by defensive walled walkways. One of the towers has a torture chamber.
It is worth visiting Braine-le-Château, 6.5km/4miles to the southeast, to see the tasteful castle built by the counts of Hoorn in the 17th and 18th C.A pillory decorated with ironwork, erected in 1521, stands in the market square. The grand tomb (1542) of Maximilian Hoorns, Charles V's chamberlain, in the local church is by Jean Mone.
The small town of Rebecq, 10km/6miles southwest of Halle in the Senne valley, is the birthplace of the Solvay brothers, the founders of one of the largest industrial companies in Belgium.
Arenberg Mill (Happy Little Train)
These 18th and 19th C. buildings were part of an old industrial site from the 19th C. The machine room and forge are open to visitors. One of the rooms contains the porphyry museum, another is fitted out as a tavern.