CSL MAG’s Regional Wonders: Vianden

Welcome to CSL’s Regional Wonders, a new series where we share the best of what different regions have to offer! We’ll be uncovering the hidden gems, spotlighting main attractions and showing you the many reasons why these regions are worth a visit. To kick off the series, the CSL team headed up to Vianden for the day!
14 September 2023

The city of Vianden is beautifully picturesque thanks to its cobblestone narrow streets that lead you to traditional houses, quaint cafes and historical monuments. This charming town is nestled in the north of Luxembourg, along the banks of the Our River, and home to iconic historical monuments and museums, such as Vianden Castle and the Victor Hugo Museum. 

Created in partnership with Visit Vianden, here is our full itinerary and everything you need to know before visiting this enchanting town.

Getting There

Whether you’re by car or by public transport, getting to Vianden is fairly straightforward. 

We took the train from Luxembourg City to Ettelbruck then hopped on a bus which took us straight to Vianden Gare! Make sure you keep an eye on bus & train times as they are typically once an hour so you can plan your day accordingly 🙂 If you are driving, be warned that parking spots can be limited and that you do most likely have to pay. Ticket machines can be found close by each parking lot!

Vianden Tourist Information Center

Before heading into Vianden, be sure to stop off at Vianden Tourist Offices to get all the information on the best attractions and activities in the region. You can ask them about the best sights, inquire about opening times and get fully equipped with maps and brochures to guide you through this beautiful city. 

Where: 18, Grand Rue, L-9410 Vianden

Contact: +352 83 42 57 & touristinfo@vianden.lu

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 12pm / 12.30pm – 5pm / Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Vianden Castle

Our first visit had to be Vianden Castle! Towering over the city, this 11th century castle has been fully restored and is one of Europe’s leading historical monuments. As you walk up to the castle, you’ll be met with the grandeur of the castle and once you step inside you’ll be transported back into the mediaeval times. 

When you get your tickets you will also be given a map of the castle which shows the different circuits across the castle floors. Enjoy learning about rooms such as the Inner Courtyard and the Knights Study as well as the grand Banqueting Hall! 

Vianden Castle never ceases to amaze us and whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or simply enjoying stunning panoramic views, a visit to Vianden Castle will forever be a memorable experience.

Vianden Castle is open everyday from 10am: 

from 02.01 – 28.02  from 10.00 to 16.00
from 01.03 – 31.03  from 10.00 to 17.00
from 01.04 – 30.09  from 10.00 to 18.00
from 01.10 – 31.10  from 10.00 to 17.00
from 01.11 – 31.12  from 10.00 to 16.00

* Attention the castle is closed: on 01.01 and on 25.12ATTENTION: Vianden Castle is only open in the morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 22nd. Vianden Castle is exceptionally closed for visitors from 12 p.m. due to the Skoda Tour du Luxembourg.

Vianden Dam aka Faces of the Dam

Photo: Visit Eislek / https://www.visit-eislek.lu/

In collaboration with the Société Electrique de l’Our and based on the initiative of the ViArt absl Art Association. As a fusion of art and architecture, the Vianden dam has been transformed into a canvas! As a collaborative effort of Kärcher and internationally acclaimed artist, Klaus Dauven, the Faces of the dam is a tribute to the workers who laboured from 1950 to 1964 constructing the Vianden dam.

This beautiful homage is an impactful celebration of the history and the people who were part of building the dam. The Faces of the Dam can also be seen from the tops of Vianden Castle as well as the picturesque Chairlift – where you can see it in all its glory from the skies!

Address: Vianden Dam, L-9419 Vianden

The Bildchen Chapel

Known for its idyllic location, The Bildchen Chapel can be found along several hiking trails. The Chapel has been recognised as a cultural monument since 2019, the “Bildchen” statue was originally located in a rock face that was almost impossible to visit but in 1848, a patch was created into the rock face and the foundation stones were laid so the chapel could be home to the miraculous statue. 

If you are looking for gorgeous views that are truly one of a kind, be sure to take a trip here!

Address: Bildchen Chapel, L-9400, Vianden


You can’t come to Vianden without a trip on the iconic chairlift! This is the only chair lift in the entire Grand Duchy that allows you to enjoy the stunning panoramic views over the Our Valley.

The chairlift takes you up to altitudes of up to 440m & at the top there is a terrace cafe where you can enjoy the stunning views of the castle, rolling valley and the town of Vianden.

Address: 4, Rue du Sanatorium, L-9425, Vianden

Click the link here for all pricing and opening times.

Victor Hugo Museum

Tucked just off the iconic Vianden bridge is the Victor Hugo Museum. This literary museum gives an insight into the life and works of the author behind the likes of “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” and “Les Misérables”. Heading into the museum, you can find Victor Hugo’s with original furnishings along with decorative wall art that brings the writer to life! 

There are audio guides available in German, English, French and Dutch.

Click here for all information and opening times.

Ourdall Promenade

Discover breathtaking views as you embark on the Ourdall Promenade! Translated as “Our Valley”, this walk takes you through the picturesque village of Bivels as well as idyllic bridges along the route from Vianden to Stolzembourg. Become fully immersed in the green wonders of Vianden and the stunning views as you venture on this one of a kind walk!

Local Hiking Trails

If you’re looking to become fully immersed in the beauty and wonders that is the Vianden countryside, they have 8 local hiking trails to choose from that all vary in difficulty so they’re perfect no matter if you’re an experienced trekker, after a casual stroll or have to accommodate for little legs!

Click here for all details about each hiking trail.

Hotels & Camping

If you’re looking to stay a little longer in Vianden, there are some beautiful campsites and hotels to choose from!


Located along the Our River you’ll find the following campsites & camperparks, click each link for all details on parking, entry and on-site facilities.


From hostels to auberges and to 3 star hotels, the wide variety of accommodation means that you’ll be able to find the perfect stay! Click each link for all details, pricing and facilities.

Restaurants & Cafés

You don’t have to walk far to find quaint restaurants, bistros and cafés scattered along the streets of Vianden. No matter if you’re looking for a quick coffee, a light snack or a full course meal, these are some of the best spots you can find around Vianden!

  • Café du Pont: 1, Grand Rue, 9410
  • Ancien Cinema Café Club: 23, Grand Rue, 9410
  • Café de la Poste: 10, Grand Rue, 9410
  • Buvette du Télésiège: 37, Rue du Sanatorium, 9425
  • Brasserie des Arts: 3, Grand Rue, 9410
  • Restaurant Hot Stone Chalet: 37, Rue du Sanatorium, 9425
  • Restaurant Fuku: 9, Rue de la Gare, 9420

Events Not to Miss

Vianden combines history, natural beauty and culture so whether you’re interested in exploring its historic sites, enjoying outdoor activities or just taking in the serene ambiance, Vianden has something to offer every visitor!

Thank you to Visit Vianden for partnering with us on this article.