Seven castles and a valley

Many are surprised that this enchanting region is located so close to the capital. Châteaux (both in the form of military castles and stately homes) rich in historical mystery feature next to ancient pathways and roads, idyllic pastures, fields and forests.

The valley of the Mamer, Eisch, and Attert rivers have a surprisingly rich built heritage, with châteaux in Mersch, Schoenfels, Hollenfels, Ansembourg, Septfontaines and Koerich. Each is worth getting to know. Septfontaines hosts an attractive gothic-style church, with Koerich’s church being a fine example of opulent and playful baroque architecture. Few regions have such a high concentration of historic monuments.

Discover historical gardens at the château d’Ansembourg, featuring its intriguing covered “mythological alley”. 

Hollenfels’ feudal castle will conjure up the spirit of romanticism, particularly with its keep that has dominated this part of the Eisch valley since the 14th century. If you fancy sampling the life of the Count of Ansembourg then you can stay in his old château, which is now the “Temps d’Or” luxury hotel. Savour the romantic atmosphere and enjoy the panoramic views over the magnificent valley of the seven castles. There is a range of accommodation for every budget, everything from the luxurious through to hotels and camping sites.

Walkers will enjoy the 200km of way-marked walks that cross the Eisch valley. One of the oldest national hiking paths in the county snakes past the valley’s seven castles, each with their own rich history. For example, the château de Schoenfels was turned into a prison during the Belgian Revolution of 1830, when the governor and future prime minister Victor de Tornaco was held in the dungeon. In Gäichel, in the direction of Mersch, a 37km cultural walk crosses the Eisch’s fields and forests. Route maps are available on Motorists and cyclists will also enjoy the views and atmosphere, and only need to follow the “Vallée des 7 Châteaux” road signs.

All visitors will enjoy the region’s traditional, authentic food. French cuisine is a speciality, as well as fine cooking from around the world. Restaurants such as Guddesch (Beringen), Ma langue sourit (Moutfort), or De klénge Randschelter Bistrot (Rindschleiden) offer exceptional gastronomic experiences. Alternatively, you can take in a concert or a show at the Mierscher Kulturhaus or the Kinneksbond in Mamer. A high quality cultural programme covers all tastes in art, theatre, dance and music.

Publication date
25 January 2017
Luxembourg for Tourism
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