House of Arenberg
A number of great families have marked our past and made important contributions to our cultural heritage. Among these, the House of Arenberg.
From its origins in the Eifel, the house of Arenberg came to influence political decision-making in the Middle Ages and up to the 19th century. This European dynastic family moved its power centre to the southern Netherlands during the 16th century. Their fidelity to the Habsburgs was rewarded during that period by elevation to the rank of prince in 1576 and to that of duke in 1644. The House of Arenberg has produced generations of political, military and ecclesiastical dignitaries and numerous patrons of the arts. Palaces, gardens, and 'objets d’art' remain today the tangible witnesses to this glorious past.