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New York, New York
August 17, 2005
Vianden Castle was constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries on the foundations of a Roman "castellum" and a Carolingian refuge. This castle, as well as the city of Viandan, had the look and feel of a fairy tale. Until the beginning of the 15th century, it was the seat of the influential counts of Vianden, who were connected by marriage to the royal family of France and the German imperial court.
From journal Weekend in Luxembourg
December 25, 2002
The castle is open for tours every day of the year except January 1, November 2, and December 25. During the months of March through October, the hours are 10am to 5pm. For the months of November through the next February, the hours are 10am to 4pm. Cost per adult was $4.50, with lower rates for children. We were advised to allow at least an hour to tour the renovated portions of this castle. We spent right about an hour in the castle, yet did not stop to read everything. I suggest allowing more than an hour to view the renovated rooms at a leisurely pace.
Free parking is available down at the base of the castle. From the parking lot, we walked the length of a city block, up a steep incline, until we reached the walkway to the castle. We still walked about 75 yards, again up a steep incline, to the castle entrance. I noticed a trail heading off towards the back of the castle. It appeared to be an excellent trail for biking or hiking. Due to the rain and mud, I decided not to follow the path at this time.
The castle is currently undergoing renovation. As rooms are completed, they are added to the self-guided tour. We visited approximately 20 rooms. Each area had a sign which very briefly described the room’s function in the castle and also directed people to the next room. Suits of armor and various implements of war greeted us in the first room. Miniature structures of the castle during its various evolutions from the 11th century through the 14th century displayed in the second room where we walked on a catwalk over an area that had not been restored. The bedroom was fully restored and furnished with a large canopy bed. In the great room, just up the stairs from the bedroom, hung pictorial displays of the castle’s reconstruction, including models of the finished project. Another room included the genealogy of the royal families. I looked for the dungeon, hoping that section of the castle was on the tour, and was disappointed to learn it was not open to visitors. I need to return after more renovation has been completed
The castle is currently used for dinners and meetings with other dignitaries. Pictures of these meetings hung in one of the rooms. To support these current-day events, modern features such as electricity, heat and restrooms were available!
From journal Luxembourg on the run
April 9, 2001
From journal Discover Vianden
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
September 16, 2000
From journal Vianden - Above it all