Instagram Travel Thursday: Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

by farrah on October 17, 2013 · 17 comments

Once again I’m linking up with Katja at Skimbaco Lifestyle and some other fine travel bloggers for Instagram Travel Thursday. Check them all out- you might be inspired to visit someplace new! Today I’m talking about our stop at Vianden Castle in Luxembourg.

Wow- what a week it has been. We’ve been home since Monday night and I still don’t feel caught up. Guess that means it was a good trip, right? It was very nice and we had a chance to check out some truly beautiful places in both Germany and Luxembourg- a country that has intrigued me since I was a sixth grader in middle school.

We decided to add an hour to our trip home and check out a ‘castle’ in Luxembourg. We found it easily- and once arrived in the city stopped for a quick cup of coffee to make our game plan. It was a rainy Monday and we weren’t sure what to expect- but thankfully it was open and the rain kept the tourist crowds to a minimum. We saw a few tour busses go by, but for the most part it was a very quiet afternoon. The castle was only open until 5pm, so we had to get a move on.

Set atop a hill overlooking the absolutely charming city of Vianden, this impressive structure has evolved since being built between the 11th and 14th centuries.

You can read more about the history of the castle here from their website (also check out the photo gallery!)- which boggles the mind. I try to imagine what life was like way back then- and to be honest I can’t. To see the ruins inside the castle is humbling. There’s a really cool 3-D video in an upper room which shows the transformation from its early days as a simple fort, and it’s pretty impressive to see how it has changed over the many hundreds of years.

To start, we walked up the slick cobbled stones to the castle. Entry was around €6 per adult and the kids were free. We did not opt for the audio tour (too hard for us to wrangle and listen) but thankfully most every display had the information in several languages including English.
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We followed the easy to read placards- and entered the first hall to see knights and medieval weapons.
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The boys were impressed with the Morning Star

Moving on, we entered sleeping chambers, entertainment halls, meeting rooms and more. Each room had tapastries and decor which had made its way from one castle or another from a very long time ago. The boys loved it and ran from room to room guessing what they’d see next.
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L to R: bed, dining hall, fancy privy, fireplace

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 Checking out the old water supply for the castle.

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If you’re in the vicinity or looking for a family-friendly castle to visit in the region, I highly recommend checking this one out. You’ll have to park the stroller at the gate, but the stairs are very accessible for children as young as 3 (while holding hands!) and the large rooms don’t make for knocking things over. The front desk attendants could have been a wee bit friendlier- but hey. You can’t have it all.

As my husband said: Overall, a beautiful castle and pretty nice way to spend a Monday!

All photos are mine.

Hop over to check out the rest of these great IG travel posts linked up on Skimbaco Lifestyle and her tip of the week.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Reeta @houseofanais October 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ooh, I love castles. This looks like an amazing place as it has more to offer than just empty rooms, including the nature around it. If ever in Luxembourg I want to stop by in this castle!

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2 farrah October 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

You should- I think you will really like the surrounding town as well. It was just a very perfect and picturesque setting all the way around!

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3 Gayla October 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love castles and this on looks amazing! I’ve got to get there…just to check out that fancy privy. Wow!!

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4 farrah October 17, 2013 at 10:06 am

No kidding- isn’t that think crazy!!!!??? You really should Gayla- we drove through your city on the way home. I waved again 🙂

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5 Ann October 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

I want to go. For some reason I always go to castles, but never go in them. I can’t think of the last time I went INSIDE a castle (and I realize how ridiculous this sounds!)

Now to add it to my list!

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6 farrah October 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

What?!?!? That’s crazy! Why don’t you go IN!! That’s where all the cool stuff is 🙂

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7 Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog October 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This looks lovely, Farrah. I think it would be so neat to live in an area where castles are your neighbors.

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8 farrah October 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

Thank you Leigh! I think my first castle was the Biltmore back home 🙂 I’m guessing you have been there before?

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9 EverywhereAmy October 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Castles are the one thing you can’t find domestically in the US that I am willing to travel for 🙂

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10 farrah October 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

Like these, I think you’re right. Especially when they are built in the 1100’s . That’s just insane when you think about it!

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11 Adrienne October 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Popping over from IGTravelThursday…I have never been to Luxembourg but would love to see these beautiful sights. It’s so green and lush there.
It would be so exciting to just do a castle tour of Europe. Wouldn’t that be an amazing trip?

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12 farrah October 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

It would- a friend of mine planted a bug in my ear about the Fairy Tale Tour in Germany. Now I’m obsessing over that one too. So many places, so little time!

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13 Alison Chino October 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I LOVE castles! It’s such a treat to live so near to them! This looks like a great one!

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14 farrah October 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

It is! I’m guessing you have your fair share in Ireland, yes? 🙂

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15 Satu VW / Destination Unknown October 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

That looks like a perfect way to spend Monday! And I’m in with you, we got home on Tuesday and haven’t quite settled in yet…

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16 Chamisa October 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Ooo Vianden! We went in the spring and it was super cold. Did you see the trails that were near the entrance to the castle? In summer, I bet it would be a great downhill hike with a fantastic view of the little town and valley. http://thriftytravelmama.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/vianden-castle-with-kids/

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17 farrah October 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

Thanks Chamisa! It was raining quite a bit when we arrived, and were focused on just getting in there- I’m sorry we missed the trails!

Great post, thank you for linking!

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