"Built in the 13th century, Beersel Castle was not designed for pleasure, but as a military structure designed to defend the territory of Brabant from the Hennuyers and Flemish, in accordance with the the provident policy of Henri I, Duke of Brabant, also known as 'Le Guerroyeur' (The War-Mongerer). Henri had also suggested building the castles at Zittert and Gaesbeek using the same design.
The powerful fortress at Beersel is favourably located in the
lowlands of the river Senne, surrounded by water. Its mediaeval
appearance is impressive to modern eyes. The rooms and walls of the
castle featured crenellation, machicolations and loopholes; the archways
were darkly lit by torches and the the oubliettes and torture room were
The Castle of the Lords of Witthem has the sinister reputation of
being haunted. Unusual phenomena take place in the area around the
castle whenever a serious threat (war, conflict, epidemic, etc.) looms over the region or country.