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Luxembourg’s Must-See Castles

by Sarah Clinger

Europe is known for its art, music, architecture and of course, its castles. Although Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in mainland Europe, it is extremely rich in culture. Our tiny country hosts a large number of castles with some dating back to the 10th century. Here are some of our favourite royal estates!

  • Clervaux Castle
    • This Castle is located in the city of Clervaux which is situated in the northern region of Luxembourg. The castle was built during the 12th-centruy and later destroyed during the second World War. After its destruction it underwent a long restoration process where it’s beautiful white walls and circular towers were restored. You can visit the castle which is home to a museum where you can buy replicas of the castle and view the permanent photography collection that is offered. Find more information here.
  • Chateau Urspelt (our pick for a staycation)
    • This 16th century castle is located in the northern region of Luxembourg in the village of Urspelt. This castle has been through wear and tear, destroyed over time and rebuilt by Amand Bouvier in 1860, and redestroyed again during World War Two. The latest renovation process began in 2005, and today the castle is complete and functions as a hotel and a venue. You can visit this beautiful castle and its gorgeous elm tree gardens that surround the property. For more information about the castle, tours, and rentals, click here.
Brandenbourg Castle
  • Brandenbourg Castle
    • Dating back to the 10th-century, these castle ruins are located in Northern Luxembourg in the city of Brandenbourg. In its early years, the castle was home to the Brandenbourg family, a powerful noble family in Luxembourg at the time. Over the years the castle began to wear down, and in the 19th-century it was abandoned. Recent restorations have tried to restore the chapel, towers, cellars, and walls. You can visit these historical ruins Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. You will find more information here.
  • Ansembourg Castle
    • This castle was built in the 12th century and is located in central Luxembourg in the village of Ansembourg. There are actually two castles in the village, one built in the 12th century, and a “newer” castle built a few centuries later. Both castles have charming gardens that are open to the public, but the castles are not open to the public as they are both private residences and home to the Count of Ansembourg. If you are lucky enough to know someone who can get you inside, you’ll discover the grand library owned by the Luxembourgish Government which houses over 6000 books! You can find more information here.
Medieval Beaufort Castle
  • Beaufort Castles
    • These two historic castles are situated in northern Luxembourg in the city of Beaufort. The medieval castle was built between 1050 and 1650 and today the ruins are open to the public. The newer renaissance castle was constructed during the 17th-century, and was privately owned until 2012. The only way you can tour the two castles is with a guide, but it is worth it because at the conclusion you get to try the chateau’s famous homemade Casséro liqueur! You can find more information here.
  • Wiltz Castle
    • Built in 1573 and located in northern Luxembourg in the city of Wiltz you can check out this historic castle. It was once owned by one of the most powerful noble families in Luxembourg, the Wiltz family, but the last remaining family member passed away in the 19th-century. This castle located in the Ardennes, houses the National Beer Museum and the Tannery Museum with several rooms housing historic war memorabilia. This castle is open to the public for tours, you can find more information here
  • Larochette Castle
    • If you are looking to check out an old dungeon, servant quarters, and dining halls, Larochette Castle is the perfect pick for you. Located in central Luxembourg in the town of Larochette, this 11th century castle and its remains are open to the public. The original castle was destroyed by a fire several centuries after it was built, but the dungeons, servant quarters, and dining halls still exist and are waiting to be explored! For more information click here.
Vianden Castle
  • Vianden Castle
    • Built between the 11th and 14th-centuries and located in the town of Vianden, this fairytale castle is one of the best in Luxembourg! In 2019, CNN listed Vianden Castle as one of the 21 most beautiful castles in the world! In its early years it was residence for the Count of Vianden, today the castle is open to the public and hosts an annual Medieval Festival. After years of neglect and lots of damage, the historic castle has underwent recent renovations to restore it to it’s medieval beauty. You can visit this castle in northern Luxembourg and find more information here.
  • Hollenfels Castle
    • Located in Hollenfels overlooking the Eisch Valley, this historic castle forms part of the “Valley of the Seven Castles”.  This castle offers guided tours of its main residential building, angular tower, and curtain wall. This castle can only be reached via brick bridge leading over the defensive wall! For more information about the castle and to listen to the Audioguide, click here.
  • Bourglinster Castle
    • This castle located in the village of Bourglinster in central Luxembourg was built in the 11th-century. Over the years multiple additions were added to this historic castle making it the beautiful castle we see today. If you are interested in having a luxurious meal inside a castle, Bourglinster has you covered as they house a renowned restaurant. The castle also hosts multiple exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and the annual Bourglinster Music Festival. For more information click here.
Bourscheid Castle
  • Bourscheid Castle
    • This castle is estimated to have been built during the 10th-century, and it was later enlarged during the 14th and 15th-centuries. Today, it’s ruins are located in northern Luxembourg in the town of Bourscheid and the property offers beautiful views of the countryside. Historically, this castle was once the country’s largest containing six gothic towers and a fortress wall. The castle and its ruins are open to the public. You can find more information here.

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