Castles and fortresses: A fascinating journey through history

Arrival Date: 30/06/2017
Departure Date: 02/07/2017

The Grand Duchy is a country with many castles, fortresses and ruins! Spread throughout the country, these historic remains are living witnesses of Luxembourg’s past. This journey will guide you through Luxembourg’s history and help you discover breath taking castles that have been beautifully restored and become important cultural and tourist sites.

We will start off with the capital and the fortification of Count Siegfried’s castle, built on the Bock promontory in 963. Through the course of centuries, the city was developed into a strong fortress, largely modernised by Louis XIV military engineer Vauban and widely known as the Gibraltar of the North. Two theme trails (called "Vauban" and "Wenzel") link these emblematic sites and are a great way to discover the extent of Luxembourg’s history and heritage. The capital doesn’t only offer astonishing discoveries on its surface, but it even hides its history underground: the Casemates are a hidden network of 23 km of underground tunnels carved into the rocks. Parts of the tunnels can be visited and it comes as no surprise that they are the capital’s most popular tourist attraction. The program also includes two historic museums: the Musée Dräi Eechelen, situated in a fort restored by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and the Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, proud owner of an array of museology awards.

In the Mullerthal region, also known as Luxembourg’s little Switzerland, you can discover the ruins of the medieval castle in Beaufort, built during three separate periods between 1150 and 1650. The Renaissance castle, which was inhabited until recently, is another gem which we’ll explore. Last on the list, is the visit to the valley of the seven castles, synonymous with ruins and monuments that make the beautiful countryside come alive.

The team of Luxembourg for Tourism and its partners will be happy to share their passion for the Grand Duchy: its welcome culture, gastronomy, leisure activities… in a nutshell everything that contributes to discover the unexpected Luxembourg.

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