Luxembourg’s Must-See 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!
01 August 2023

Clervaux Castle

Clervaux Castle is located in the city of Clervaux in the northern region of Luxembourg. It dates back to the 12th-century, but was destroyed during the Battle of the Bulge in the second World War. After its destruction, the government of Luxembourg restored the castle to its beautiful state. The castle houses various institutions, including several museums! You can learn more about Clervaux Castle here.

Chateau Urspelt

This 16th century castle is located in the northern region of Luxembourg in the village of Urspelt. This majestic castle has been restored to its original charm after being destroyed repeatedly over time. The latest renovation began in 2005, and today functions as a hotel and a venue. You can visit or stay in this monumental castle, while experiencing the serenity of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg! 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 nobility in Luxembourg at the time. After experiencing gradual wear and tear, the castle underwent a restoration to restore the whole castle. Visitors can be guided through the entire castle, tunnel system, chapel, spires, and cellars. Visiting hours are Monday through Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, click here.

Ansembourg Castle

Ansembourg Castle was built in the 12th century and is located in the village of Ansembourg in central Luxembourg. In the 18th century, the castle and gardens underwent significant changes. Now, the public can visit these charming gardens which include statues and decorative fountains. However, the castle is not open to the public as it is the private residence of the Count of Ansembourg. To learn more about Ansembourg Castle, click here.

Beaufort Castle 

Beaufort Castles

Located in the countryside of Beaufort, you can visit two historic castles! The medieval castle was built between 1050 and 1650, these impressive ruins are now open to the public. Just around the corner, you’ll find the renaissance castle from the 17th century. The only way you can tour the two castles is with a guide, but the experience ends with an opportunity to taste the chateau’s famous Cassero liqueur! If you aren’t looking for a guided tour, you can see the two castles from hiking trails that cross through the region. Click here for more information.

Wiltz Castle

The historic castle of Wiltz is located in northern Luxembourg in the city of Wiltz. The original function was to protect the town from enemies, but later became the residence for the lords of Wiltz. Today, the castle houses the National Beer Museum and Museum of the Battle of the Bulge. The castle is open every year for the Wiltz Festival, but you can also take a tour year round. You can find more information here.

Larochette Castle

If you are interested in exploring old dungeons, servant quarters, and dining halls, Larochette Castle is the perfect historic site 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 fire, reducing the castle to ruins. The historic walls of the house in Cregange is the only part to have been restored. Yet, the ruins still exist and are waiting to be explored! Click here for more information.

Vianden Castle 

Vianden Castle

Regardless of the day, Luxembourg’s Vianden Castle is a wonderful local escape that should be taken advantage of. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, this fairytale castle is located in the town of Vianden. Described by CNN as one of the 21 most beautiful castles in the world, Vianden Castle offers tourists and locals picturesque views. After years of neglect and damage, the historic castle has undergone recent renovations to restore it to its medieval beauty. You can visit and tour this castle in northern Luxembourg today! 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 can only be reached via a brick bridge leading over the defensive wall! The castle isn’t open to the public, however you can find guided tours of its main residential building, angular tower, and curtain wall. For more information, click here.

Bourglinster Castle

Bourglinster Castle is 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 the Number 1 Vegetable Restaurant in the World. 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, its 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.