Auberge Aal Veinen "Beim Hunn"
114, Grand-rue, Vianden, 9411, Luxembourg
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Du Pont, the outside
Diekirch is excellent beer, 23-05-2009
The turbine hall
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The Vianden Nut Festival
On a Sundau in October is the yearly Vianden Nut Festival. It's a crowded happening, all inhabitants and tourists are in the streets. Eating, drinking, music, it's all there. At this day Vianden is one big market-place where you can get many food and drinks made with nuts, but of course, also meat, sausages and beer. A day for eating, drinking and having fun. Tasting local food and drinks. And when it starts raining? You go into a pub and drink a beer untill it's over.........
At 18.00 h the festival is over and the pubs and restaurants are closing at 19.00 h, a perfect way to keep people with too much alcohol out of the door !!
An impression of the Nut Festival, 02-10-2005. Most of the day the sun was shining, there was only one little shower!
This magnificent castle was constructed from the 1000s to the 1300s. Originally, on this very same site, was a roman fortress. Though partially reduced to ruins after hundreds of years abandoned, the castle has been rebuilt and is a wonderful site to visit.
The castle opens to visitors at 1000 and closes between 1600 and 1800 depending on the season. Entry costs 4.50 Euros for adults, 3.50 Euros for students, and 1.50 Euros for children under 13 years old.
Vianden's WWII History
Throughout much of WWII, Luxembourg was in German-occupied territory. Finally, several months after the invasion of Normandy, Luxembourg was all but liberated come Dec 1944. Unfortunately for the locals, including those of Vianden, Luxembourg was directly in the path of the German counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge. Day after day, thousands of Nazi soldiers streamed west through towns like Vianden.
Finally, just after Christmas, the German advance dwindled and they began to retreat back into Germany. The liberation of Vianden also marks the liberation of Luxembourg as Vianden was the last town held by the Germans.
In Vianden today, there is a monument at the town's overlook signifying this last battle in Luxembourg and memorializing the last Americans to be killed by enemy action in this nation.
Tour the Castle!
For just a few Euros, you can have free reign inside the castle! It's just as cool inside as out. Buy a guidebook and walk through each room, reading about it as you go. There are many rooms, including a kitchen, banquet halls, an ancient chapel, a cellar, etc. It's really amazing. There are also great views of the town from the castle. Another positive side is that it doesn't really feel like a museum or something inside, it's like you are actually in the Middle Ages. I mean really, how many times have you explored a midievil castle? It's great.
Sodality chapel (Sodalitätskapelle)
This little chapel stands very close the Trinitarian church. It is a church of the Sodality Congregation of the Blessed Virgin. This congration was founded by the jesuits. The sodality in Vianden was established in 1736. The chapel was built in 1761 by Johannes Hell from Tirol, on top of an old schoolbuilding.
In 1999 the chapel was restored.
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