Castle views -video tour
Above the picturesque village of Esch-Sur-Sûre, sited on a bend of the River Sure, are the castle ruins.
The 10th Century keep is the oldest part of the castle which is still standing, whilst the defensive walls are 13th Century.
There is a watch tower and a Renaissance gateway which date from the 15th Century.
Owned by the State from the 1890s, the castle is open to the public.
VIDEO of my visit:
Museums in Esch include the House of the Natural Park (info centre, permanent exhibition) and Old cloth factory (Mo-Fri 10-12am, 2-6pm, Sa-Su 2-6pm, admission 2 euros)
Candle factory (guided visit upon request)!!
And the most unusual solar cycle hire at the Hotel de la Sure!!
The castle ruins
Above the tiny village lie the ruins of a castle. A reason to climb up there is to enjoy the surrounding views and the Esch panorama.
The castle has no admission fee and it has free access all day.
in the guide book it is mentioned that you can have individual audio guided tours around the castle ruins from equipment hired from the Nature Park Centre in Esch
Staircase up to the castle
As soon as you reach the village, there is a steep staircase curved on the rock which leads you to the top of the cliffs where the ruins are.
The ascending is not tiring and at a certain point rather romantic where you have fallen leaves from trees
Wandering around the village
It will take you a couple of minutes to walk around the tiny village of Esch-sur-Sure and for sure you'll get the sleepy impression most places give in Luxembourg.
Luckily there are 2 cafeterias
There are also small bridges connecting the villages with the facing hills (which I suspect may be trekking trails as well)
Explore the village on foot!
It's a small place, compact and tiny. The entire village is accessible on foot. Do note that the village is built around a hill so climbing should be included in your exploration. Very charming place. I had brought sandwiches and the river banks made great locations for a picnic.
A quiet place, dignified.....almost stately. It was a delight wandering around on the cobbled streets, enjoying the serene vibes of the village and the many beautiful houses here. There is a small cathedral in the middle of the village but I did not stop by. My arrival in a local grocery shop raised some interests; My guess was that they don't get to see many Asians coming this way, not less a Singaporean!
There is a crumbling chateau/castle on top of the hill, accessible via a long flight of stairs from the village. It was built around AD927 to defend the village from marauding Hungarians. Entry is free. The castle has two towers. A lower, rectangular keep from the 10th century with a romanesque castle chapel belonging to the main castle which was expanded in the 13th century with a bailey and circular walls. The upper projecting "Lochturm" (watchtower) was added only in the 16th century. From the ruins of the castle and the watchtower, you can catch breathtaking panoramas of the surrounds: Buxomy forests, a winding river and nests of little houses.
On the same hill but overlooking the castle, you will find a statue of St.Katarine, built by the locals in appreciation of a miraculous cure for a local lady in her fight against breast cancer. There seems to be some sort of ceremony associated with the statue, since I saw plenty of used candles being placed around the statue in circles.
A couple of miles further upstream from Esch-sur-Sure is the country's drinking water reservoir, where a barrage dam makes a fine lake, used for water-sports of all sorts (except for engine-powered activities). You can stop at the dam for a walk.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
- Road Trip
A visit to Esch-sur-Sure is not complete without a walk across the imposing barrage.
In Summer you can swim at the lake near Insenborn.
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking