Bourglinster - history, culture and nature

Bourglinster castle is at the gateway of the atmospheric Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. It is in a majestic location, sitting on a rocky peak with views across a sweeping plain. Once a noble medieval residence, it is now an important cultural centre and it is often on the itinerary during state visits and when other important guests come to the country.

ExtraTour “D” of the Mullerthal Trail way-marked hiking path is one of the “Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe”, and it leaves from this ancient lordly fiefdom. Following the orange-coloured signs brings walkers to interesting rock formations, and a site where prehistoric religions were celebrated, and eventually to the picturesque village of Junglinster, known for its magnificent baroque church, a favoured location for classical music concerts.

Bourglinster castle was founded in the 12th century, and has played a role throughout this country’s turbulent history. The Lords of Linster were so powerful that they even participated in the coronation in Rome of Emperor Henri VII in 1312. The magnificent Gothic chapel – which is still used for weddings – dates from the 14th century, with the Renaissance style southern aisle built during the golden age under emperor Charles V. Centuries of destruction and rebuilding in the Baroque style followed, not least with the creation of a monumental fireplace in 1548.

This is a place for exhibitions by well-known artists, and receptions, conferences and gala dinners are organised in this prestigious setting. It is the ideal spot for the annual music festival that features high quality classical music and vocal recitals by renowned Luxembourgish, European and global performers. The programme for next February and April is online at www.bourglinsterfestival.lu .

Otherwise you can visit the castle with a guide on request. In summer, there are special treats for youngsters when they are brought to the old moat, the kitchen with its impressive oven, and the mysterious, deep well. The castle annexes are a delight for book lovers, particularly during the book fairs where second hand and historic works are for sale. These are organised by the “Amis du livre” with the support of the ministry of Culture. This prestigious setting also has rooms where authors can stay; facilities supported with dedicated official funding. On 16th and 17th June a market will feature the work of around 120 to 140 artisans producing artistic jewellery, ceramics, leather and cloth products. These unique creations feel at home in these magical surroundings

Visitors also eat well here. La Distillerie restaurant is one of the best in Luxembourg, and features in the 2018 Gault & Millau Guide, and in 2012 it earned a Michelin star. Chef René Mathieu is passionate about creating inspired, delicious meals.

For more information please visit: www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/castle/bourglinster-castle

Publication date
22 January 2018
Author
Luxembourg for Tourism
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