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Published: October 7th 2019
Ansembourg Castle is not open for the public but it is possible to see it from the outside and you are welcome to visit the garden.
Luxembourg has many castles
Luxembourg is a relatively small country squeezed in between Belgium, Germany and France. It is one of those countries where the capital has the same name as the country. To avoid confusion we will here write "Luxembourg" when we refer to the country and "Luxembourg City" when it is the capital we are writing about.
We spent three days in Luxembourg and in that time we pretty much saw everything we could come up with that we wanted to see. That gives you an idea of how small the country actually is. Now when we are writing this we can only think of one thing we wanted to see that we missed. That is the photo exhibition the Family of Man
. It was closed the day we planned to go there and spending one extra day and rent a car for that day just to see it wasn't worth it.
Road trip in Luxembourg
One day when we were in Luxembourg we rented a car and drove around the country. We began our tour by seeing some castles. Seven Castles Route
In a small region northwest of
Ansembourg Castle is a nice castle but not spectacular.
Luxembourg City there is a large number of castles and castle ruins. This region is sometimes referred to as seven castles route. Supposedly it is possible to see even more than seven castles there if you insist on seeing them all. We decided to see only two castles however. That's enough to make us happy. Seeing more would only have made us get "castled out". We didn't want that to happen already in the morning. Ansembourg Castle
was the first of the castles we saw along the seven castles route. The castle is not open for the public but it is possible to see it from the outside and you are welcome to visit the garden. It is a nice castle but not spectacular.
The second castle we visited this day is in the middle of the village Useldange
. The castle is a ruin but lots of money has been spent on restorations. Girsterklaus Church
Next we stopped at a small village called Girsterklaus. The village church has some spectacular ceiling frescoes. One of the great things about having a car is that it's possible to make stops at small places
Useldange Castle is a ruin but lots of money has been spent on restorations.
along the way like we did here. Esch-Sur-Sûre Esch-Sur-Sûre
is an interesting little town. It is located in a sharp bend of the river Sûre. Most of the town is situated along the river and in its centre there is a castle ruin. The ruin is on top of a hill and behind the hill is an even higher hill. It is therefore possible to see the castle from above which is quite spectacular. Bourscheid Castle
Another castle which is possible to view from slightly above is the Bourscheid Castle
. We passed it on the way to Diekirch and got a fabulous view of it. Diekirch
Diekirch is one of the larger towns in northern Luxembourg. The town mascot is a donkey. There are several statues depicting donkeys in the town and the locals seem to be proud of having a donkey as a mascot. However, there was something else that made us go there - a bee museum. When we read about it we thought it sounded wonderful. Sadly it wasn't. It was small and not very interesting.
After Diekirch we had two of the
The church in Useldange
most popular sites outside Luxembourg City left on our agenda - Vianden Castle and Schiessentumpel. Vianden Castle Vianden Castle
is one of many spectacular castles in Luxembourg and probably the most visited. We have seen the inside of so many castles over the years that we couldn't be bothered with going inside. We were quite happy to view it from the outside only. Schiessentümpel
Schiessentümpel is a small waterfall in a wonderful setting with a pretty bridge right behind it.
We also spent some time in Luxembourg City. We headed to the old town first. To be honest, it is like many other old towns in Western Europe with old houses, palaces and grand squares. But Luxembourg City has one interesting feature. There is a river running through the city centre, a river that over thousands of years has carved out a canyon. In this canyon and along its rims there are various fortifications. The views over the canyon were spectacular and the defence walls actually added to the beauty.
This canyon is deep and relatively wide. Effectively there is a separate part of the
Girsterklaus village church
city down there.
One thing we really liked in Luxembourg City was the walking tours. All you have to do is get a map from the tourist information and then you do the walk in your own pace.
This was a summary of what we did the days we were in Luxembourg. We enjoyed our time there but we probably won't ever go back. Luxembourg is in our opinion not interesting enough to go back to once you have seen everything worth seeing.
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