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Vianden - a castle in the Ourtal

Castle Vianden
Castle Vianden in the Ourtal in Luxembourg

 

Castle Vianden in Luxembourg


We are on the way in Luxembourg's northeast. Sandy Rischette from Tourism Luxembourg accompanies us on our tour through her country. So far, we only know Luxembourg from driving on the highway. Now, however, we realize how much we have missed. We drive along narrow country roads through small and pretty villages to more and more hilly regions. These indicate that we are approaching the Luxembourg Ardennes, which is our destination for this morning. The roads are also becoming curvy, and the deciduous forests are getting denser. Suddenly, at a crossroads, Sandy turns onto an uphill road, only to stop at a lookout point. At this we literally catch our breath: right in front of us lies Vianden Castle. It towers like an eagle's nest on a towering cliff above the Ourtal. A sight that leaves us in astonishment!

 

Castle Vianden
Castle Vianden towers like an eagle's nest on the rock
Vianden
Vianden - the place

 

Like an eagle's nest, the castle sits on this rocky spur that rises freely above the idyllic river valley. Surrounded by dense deciduous forests, it rises above the village of the same name, over the cobblestones of which we descend to the bottom of the valley. In the village we finally come to the small tourist train that goes through the village and up to the castle. Instead we prefer the driveway with the chairlift. This gives us more spectacular views of the Ourtal and the castle. At this we slide past in our airy armchairs. All we hear is the rattling of the wheels when our chair is pulled up over the pillars. In between whispers only the wind, as it brushes through the leaves in the trees under our feet, and occasionally a bird chirping.

Practical: the Luxembourg Card

Here, as in many museums and public transport throughout the country, the Luxembourg Card applies. These are available for a validity period of one, two or three days. In some attractions there are cheaper admission, in others the entrance fee is completely included in the map. The best thing about this card is that all public transport with this card can be used for free. You get this card online on the website of Visit Luxembourg.

 

chairlift
Take the chairlift to a lookout point at Vianden Castle
Over the valley of the Our
Over the valley of the Our

 

By chairlift to a lookout over the castle

We let the chairlift carry us up the steep slopes above the tree-tops of the deciduous trees, while our legs dangle freely over the abyss. Once at the top there is a great view of the castle and the Ourtal. We can hardly get rid of it. Finally, we set off. This leads through the forest on bumpy forest paths to the castle. A short hike, which is definitely worth it.

 

Castle and place Vianden
Castle and place Vianden

 

From the Roman fort to the castle

Castle Vianden, as it stands today, was created between the 11. and 14. It was built on the foundations of a Roman fort and a castle from the Carolingian period. Until early 15. In the 19th century, it belonged to the Earls of Vianden. After an eventful history of time and time when the owner changed hands and eventually fell into disrepair, 1977 became a state-owned property and has since been restored to its traditional grandeur. Today, the castle also serves as a museum, exhibition grounds and venue.

 

Equestrian armor and cannon
It is almost expected that the knights will move
Dishes
Tonkrug

 

A tour of Vianden Castle

We take our time and follow the tour, which first gives us an insight into the castle's history in the lower rooms of the castle. Equestrian armor, cannons, and harnesses also give us an idea of the life of this castle as it has evolved over the centuries. I almost expect that a living knight will stand in the next room with an impressive cross-vault, so authentically have the castle and its rooms been restored.

 

vaults
Vault in the castle Vianden
Hall with a view
Hall with a view in the castle Vianden

 

Our tour through Vianden Castle becomes really impressive when we reach the upper floors. Here, the rooms have been furnished with furniture and tapestries. In a reconstructed kitchen we can also see how and where the food was once cooked. I especially like the long hall with open arches through which we can look down into the Ourtal and the town of Vianden below. In one of the rooms, the original color of the columns, capitals and walls has been restored to stand out from the usual gray walls and vaults, giving an impression of what the castle once looked like like.

Living history

We walk through halls that seem to have just left the inhabitants - the open fireplace in one room is still smeared with soot - and arrive in halls that are waiting for guests to eat their meal. Other rooms are very large, making them ideal for concerts, theater performances and other events. From open platforms and balconies we can look down into the valley and understand why Vianden was built here. A conquest of this castle and its predecessor castles and forts was virtually impossible, as it is so high above the river that an attack was virtually impossible.

 

Hall in the castle Vianden
It's almost expected that the residents will return soon
bedchamber
A bedchamber in the castle Vianden
gobelin
A tapestry with wild representations
Living space
So they lived in the castle Vianden
meeting space
Today, events take place here in Vianden Castle
Kitchen
Life in the kitchen of Vianden Castle

 

Conclusion: a journey back in time

Anyway, our visit to Vianden Castle is like a journey back in time to the era of the counts and kings who came and went here. We can well imagine what life was like in this impressive castle.

 

Here's one Video about the Château Vianden in the Luxembourg Ardennes.


More information can be found here:

Castle Vianden

Montée du Château
L-9408 Vianden
Phone: + 352 84 41 08 1 / + 352 84 92 91
Fax: + 352 84 92 84
www.castle-vianden.lu
For overnight stays, we recommend the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal in Luxembourg


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Source: own research on site. We thank Visit Luxembourg for the kind invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. ReiseFreaks ReiseBlog
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    Impressive description and photos that we do not know so: When we were on Saturday at the castle, you could no longer see the premises because of people. Clear: Medieval Festival!
    I would have liked to do the same with the cable car. Next time maybe.

    I have just summarized the whole Ardennes round trip to castles and palaces in the North of Luxembourg in one article:
    -> Just to Luxembourg: To the fairytale castles in the north of the Grand Duchy

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
      | Reply

      Thanks for the link. There are some interesting tips for us castle and castle lovers underneath. And the medieval festival in Vianden does not sound too bad :). That's what makes the castle alive!

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