For such a small country (it’s the 7th smallest in Europe) Luxembourg’s Castle game is certainly strong! In the middle ages there were over 120 castles scattered across the country, around 76 of which have survived (in some way shape or form!) today. From stately chateau’s to beautiful hilltop castles and fortifications and impressive ruins, you can hop from one to the next on a fairytale-inspired road trip, or spend a few hours exploring each individually. Here at 10 of the Best Luxembourg Castles to add to your castle bucket list.
Fairy-tale Luxembourg Castles to visit on a road trip!
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- 1 Fairy-tale Luxembourg Castles to visit on a road trip!
- 2 6 More Fortifications and Castles of Luxembourg to Visit if You Have More Time
Disclaimer: I spent a wonderful weekend in Luxembourg as a guest of Visit Luxembourg, however, as always, all opinions remain my own.
– Drive on the right hand side of the road (same as the USA and opposite to the UK and Australia)
– Be prepared to pull over regularly because of the incredible photo opportunities throughout the country.
– Make sure you have some great road trip songs lined up to keep you company, and read through our Top Road Trip Quotes for extra inspo for the journey!
– Car hire is cheaper at the airport than in the city center – Use Holiday Autos for the best deal – and you can take the airbus bus to and from the city for pick up and drop off.
Grand Ducal Palace
Right in the heart of Luxembourg’s City Center, the GrandDucal Palace is nestled among the quiet streets of the historic old town (and opposite the ever tasty Chocolate House). It’s the primary residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and is where he performs most of his duties as head of state of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The Palace of the Grand Duchy not only has one of the most picturesque facades in the country, it’s interior is just as gorgeous and it can be seen on one of several guided castle tours that are arranged exclusively through July and August.
RELATED: The city is also the location of some of the remains of the old Luxembourg Fortress and several famous castle fortifications in Luxembourg such as Bock Casemates and Bock Promontory. Both are great locations for photography.
Chateux d’Ansembourg Nuveaux
The New Castle of Ansembourg, in located a short drive North of the city center and belongs to the Valley of the Seven Castles – a 24km area which is home to (you guessed it) 7 castles. If you’d like a stay in this area you’ll be spoilt for choices with the two Ansembourg Castles, Mersch Castles, Schoenfels Castle, Hollenfels, Septfontaines and Koerich (the other castles in the Valley of Seven Castles)
Castle D’Ansembourg was built in the first half of the seventeenth century and whilst the interior is not open to the public, it’s beautiful gardens, which were laid out in the 17th Century (1750 to be precise), make for a fantastic photo op! Adorned with statues, stairs, decorative fountains and a hedge maze, the castle gardens are a joy to wander around – and in all likelihood you’ll be one of only a few people there. Take a floaty dress and pretend you’re a princess. Go on, you know you want to!
Chateaux de Walferdange
A stately Chateaux that has been used for multiple different reasons since its construction in 1817, Walferdange Castle has been a stud farm, royal residence, refuge during the first world war and temporarily occupied by America troops at the end of the second world war. Between 1945 and 1967 it was used as part of the Luxembourg Army barracks and from that time is has been a place of education.
Bourscheid Castle is the largest castle in the country and is nestled on the top of a steep hill and 150 meters high above the Sûre river in the North West of the country. You can enter the castle grounds for free with the Luxembourg Card, however to take this shot you need to get to higher ground still.
From the car park just outside the grounds, there is a woodland path (steep-ish sections but not quite a hiking trail) that takes you up to the viewpoint this photo was taken from (it’s about 10-15 minutes walk) – or if you don’t mind being cheeky, you can drive around the hill and into the caravan park where the viewpoint is located.
Urspelt Castle (Château d’Urspelt)
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Spend the night in a castle! This gorgeous heritage castle has been completely restored and is not only classified as a National Monument but is now also a 4 star hotel.
Located amidst the Natural Park of Our, visitors are can experience a romantic castle stay complete with spa experience while surrounded by the lush greenery in the North of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Vianden Castle (aka Montée du Château)
Vianden Castle – and the cute postcard perfect township below is the jewel in Luxembourg Castle’s crown and welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors per year (and a lot around the time of the yearly Medieval Festivals). Construction was started by the Romans in the third century AD, and the structure that stands there today was built between the 11th and 14th Century.
Offering both audio tours and guided tours, visitors can really get to the heart of the castle of Vianden, it’s history and the local culture. There are several viewpoints dotted around the castle – the best ones being on the CR322 road and the other being at the top of the chairlift (which is a great way to get up to the castle without having to walk up the steep hill from the village.)
The first of Luxembourg’s Castles that stands in ruin on our list – Beaufort’s Medieval Castle was built between the 12th Century and 14th Century and fell into disrepair from 1639. It can be easily seen from the road, and costs €5 to enter (or is free with the Luxembourg Card).
What most people don’t realise however is that there is a second Castle on this site, directly behind this one, and slightly hidden behind the trees. Known as the the Beaufort Renaissance Castle, it was built in 1964 and remained lived in until 2012, after which it was opened to the public. Entry costs €10/Free with Luxembourg Card.
RELATED: If you are a fan of castle ruin’s, be sure not to miss the 16th century Esch-sur-Sûre Castle in the town of Eschsursûre.
The Bank Museum
OK, so this one isn’t really a castle as such, but its tower over-looking the gorge and surrounded by trees certainly gives it a castle-esque look. This building is located in the city center of Luxembourg (which is perfect for a spot of shopping in Luxembourg) and is actually the national bank!
The 12th Century Larochette Castle is the second set of castle ruins on our epic Luxembourg Castles list and is perched atop a sandstone promontory 150 metres above the Valley of the White Ernz and the chocolate box village of Larochette. Unfortunately a large portion of the castle was detsroyed by fire in the 16th Century, however, you can take yourself on a self-guided walking tour of the ruins to get a feel for what it used to be like.
p.s. If you want to capture this shot, make your way to the church in the center of the village and take the small path on the right behind the building. You’ll traverse up a dirt path and start to rise above the city. Keep walking to the end and you’ll come to a seating area where this image was taken from, which would also be a perfect place to watch the sunset!
Chateau De Stepfontaines
This stunning listed building is located only a short drive from central Luxembourg. It was built in the 18th Century to serve as a stately home for the Boch Borthers after they had opened their porcelain factory nearby and has remained part of the Villeroy & Boch empire until this day.
Inside the Château de Septfontaines the rooms testify to the success of the Boch brothers as porcelain of all shapes and sizes decorates the walls and the windows, and it is predominantly used as a function venue, or for hosting guests of Villeroy & Boch.
Septfontaines also used to have a medieval castle, built in the 14th century that was largely destroyed by fire and fell into disrepair. The ruins are now privately owned and are not open to the public.
Clervaux Castle sits high above the village of the same name in the Northern part of Luxembourg. It traces its roots back to the middle ages, however much of the structure was destroyed in World War II, and what we see today is thanks to reconstruction efforts.
The Castle is home to the beautiful photography collection, The Family of Man. It is made up of 503 photographs by 273 artists, from 68 countries, brought together by Edward Steichen for the New York Museum of Modern Art and toured the world between 1955-1962 visiting 37 countries and 6 continents. It was viewed by over 9 million people and is now a permanent exhibit at Clervaux and was inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2003.
Clervaux Castle is also home to a castle museum that features to-scale models and dioramas of almost all of the beautiful castles in Luxembourg. Entry to both exhibits is free for those with a Luxembourg Card.
6 More Fortifications and Castles of Luxembourg to Visit if You Have More Time
In case our Top 10 Luxembourg Castles are not enough for you, you could also consider visiting these Castles and Palaces
- Wiltz Castle (dates back to 1573 & now known for hosting an annual music festival)
- 11th Century Hollenfels Castle (located in the Valley of the Seven Castles)
- Heisdorf Castle (19th Century)
- 13th Century Brandenbourg Castle (Mostly in ruin with history back as far at the 10th and 11th Centuries)
- Bourglinster Castle (which is now home to a Michelin star restaurant! 17km from Luxembourg city)
- Useldange Castle (a medieval castle, now mainly in ruin, located in the village of Useldange in western Luxembourg)
- Pettingen Castle (4 km north of Mersch in central Luxembourg. It is one of the best-preserved fortified castles in the country)
And that’s a wrap folks! I hope this post has given you some castle inspiration and we hope you’ll agree that overall, there are plenty of castles to visit in Luxembourg!
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