Luxembourg maybe a small country squished by Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium to which have many amazing castles but did you know Luxembourg has also got some amazing castles which are steep with history? The best way to check out the castles are to do hikes through the rolling hills of the Ardennes or drive a car through the pretty towns and villages which many castles are located. Here are my top castles to check out in this small but amazing country.
A view from Vianden castle overlooking the nearby town
The most famous castle is located into the town of Vianden on the north-east border of Luxembourg and Germany. Located on the west of the River Rhine, its is one of the largest fortified along the riverbanks. With this, there are excellent views overlooking the town and surrounding hills which makes it a great lookout point. Built in the 10th century and in a Romanesque style (with a bit of Gothic design added to it later on in the years whilst a Renaissance mansion was added around the 17th century), the castle was then allowed to fall into disrepair. However the castle has now been restored and makes this one of Luxembourg’s top places to visit. Hint: If driving to this castle, there is free parking on Montee du Chateau, down the hill from the northern side of the castle (not the town side).
On the drive around the central part of the country is the ruins of Beaufort castle which was built in the 11th century and has now fallen into ruins. Not sure on the history about this place but as it is located in the woods, it makes a great photography location and has various hiking routes nearby.
Located near the village of Bourscheid in north-eastern Luxembourg, this medieval castle stands on top of a hill overlooking the River Sure. The most amazing fact about this castle is that there is historical evidence that the castle was built on structures dating back to the Roman Empire. The castle is enclosed by a circular wall which has eleven watchtowers.
Located in a beautiful village on the south-western side of the country, the castle has stood here since the 11th century and is located near the River Eisch. The castle is located on a driving route known as the Valley of the Seven Castles where seven castles are located very close to each other. (Others being Mersch, Schoenfels, Ansembourg, New Castle of Ansembourg, Septfontaines and Koerich). There are so many castles in this area, it’s a good idea to check out which ones you want to visit in advance otherwise it may take a week to check them all out. I think I researched that there are many as 130 castles in the country but most of these could be considered large manor houses.
I would certainly make doing trips to these fantastic castles whilst doing a tour of Luxembourg or neighbouring countries as mention earlier. Most of them are free to get into the grounds and some like Vianden Castle have small fees to pay.
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