For the complete description of the visits, click on description.
* Gift of 2 € to any purchase of 29 € minimum. No obligation to purchase.
Individual: guided tour (duration 1 hour) or with audioguide, Saturdays at 3.30 pm,
except public holidays, per person 3,50 €. -12 y. 3 €, FR, NL, EN, DE, ES, IT
During the school holidays, from Monday to Saturday except public holidays, at 3.30 pm, other possible tour with guide or audioguide, see timetable of the day in the Perfumery.
Groups: min 15 persons, all the year, from Monday to Saturday except public holidays, from 10 am till 5 pm,
by appointment firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 081 22 12 19.
Groups: evening and sunday, between 5 pm and 6 pm during the week, and from 2 pm to 6 pm, Sundays
and public holidays, minimum 30 persons, by appointment email@example.com or phone 0032 81 22 12 19.
Confirmation of the booking by payment of 50% to account BE07 2500 2874 8966.
Perfumery Workshop Guy Delforge
Castle of the Counts
60 route Merveilleuse - Namur Citadel - Belgium
This center of creativity, unique in northern Europe, provides all visitors with an understanding of the different steps involved in producing a fine perfume. These perfumes are carefully crafted and matured deep in the cellars of the Citadel, silent witnesses from the days of Charles the Fifth! This « Light, sound and perfume» show is such that the outside world is rapidly forgotten.
In December 1990, Guy Delforge decided to completely restore the old officers' mess, previously used in the 19th century, first as an artillery laboratory and later as a military dovecote. Indeed, Guy Delforge, conducting with style and flair an orchestra of rich fragrances, has prepared for the visitor's pleasure an underground journey of discovery where each phase of this remarkable craft is shown to full advantage. Perfumes are created and mature within the very heart of the Citadel.
The one hour guided tour begins with a very beautiful movie of 12 minutes and a description of the building's history and presentation of the raw materials (plants) used in the creation of perfumes. Visitors go upstairs via a beautiful staircase and can observe work in the laboratories. The next room (a casemate, or vaulted chamber, from the 16th century) is the composition room with the 'keyboard' where the 'nose', or perfumer, expertly combines the delicate symphony of blended fragrances. Further explanations are provided in the underground galleries where the perfumes macerate during a period of 6 months. The next casemate has been specially prepared for olfactory testing allowing members of the public to evaluate their own sensibility to different scents. Visitors make their way to a great exhibition hall where the different product ranges are presented. In this same exhibition hall visitors can also admire the incomparable sculptures of Guy Alexandre. The beautiful harmony created by the combined effect of delicately-carved wood, natural stone, classical music and, of course, subtle perfumes is a true delight to the senses. To be discovered ... and already clicking video Perfumery Workshop 2min50
For the timetable of the visits of the Perfumery Workshop, click on timetable.