This old little station is called "Halte Royal d'Ardenne" and was build in 1874 by King Leopold II.
The castle at the top of the hill, right above the station, was reconverted to a hotel for the rich and famous. King Leopold II wanted this place to be the touristic heart of Belgium.
During WWI the hotel was badly damaged and the station was closed off
in 1919. A couple of years later the hotel was reopened, but station
The hotel was demolished during the 1970's.
When we arrived here, we thought we'd be the only ones here. To our surprise there was a tent in the middle with two people. They were probably more surprised then we. Not much later a familly came to make a bonfire and bbq. They brought there kids and dogs. Even a couple of axes to chop down trees on the hill for the fire. After they left around 1 in the morning we went to sleep under the stars.
I sort of wake up, because i don't know what's happening around me. Flashlights are waving, people are yelling. What the hell is going on. And then.....out of the blue.....there's music. Loud music and even laserbeams. A group of locals brought a aggregate, cables, laptop and laser unit to do a rave party at 4.30 in the morning.
a wonderful experience all together.
when: may 2010
with: Bart, mANVIL, kts & Mark