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    Vianden Castle (Chateau de Vianden)

    by JohnnySpangles Written Sep 11, 2011

    The Viandenburgers, which is possibly what they are called, have always cherished their non –German status and there was a Battle of Vianden in WWII to prove the point. Although the Allies were a little tardy in helping them out and thus Vianden was the last place in Luxembourg to be liberated. Consequently the resistance had to suffer the brutal unpleasantness of German occupation for a long time.

    I’m not sure whether the castle was what they were scrapping over but it certainly took a pounding at some stage in its long history. Up until a few years ago it was nought but ruins with the odd vampire flapping about the place. Since then there’s been a long restoration campaign which culminated in ITV sending in the 60 Minute Makeover team while the owners were out at a gynaecologist’s appointment. So now it has a full set of MDF turrets and battlements for you to throw your ungrateful kids off.

    We caught it on a good day as there was a medieval festival in full swing. This means you can’t get in for free on your Luxembourg Card (a bargain at a mere 20 Euros a day) but you only had to pay a 4 Euro surcharge. There were plenty of entertainments to be had with swordplay, juggling, market stalls and a scantily clad belly dancer with a snake. I took a lot of video footage of the snake. Indeed I nearly got ejected for going back three times for more footage of the snake.

    There were lots of things to buy and there was a particularly large queue for a man dressed in tights and a codpiece who was busy fashioning birds out of what looked like cow-dung. He’d then plonk the turdy-birdie on a stick for the beaming little child to wander off with and hopefully not get confused with its ice-cream.

    The Castle is the big thing on the right
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    Cable Car Ride

    by JohnnySpangles Written Sep 11, 2011

    If you tire of the castle then there’s also a cable-car in Vianden which takes you up to the top of a hill that’s even higher than the one the castle is perched on. One return ride is free with your Luxembourg Card, and that’s about all you’d want unless you’re particularly keen on having your life hanging by a welded joint that really asks big questions of your faith in Luxemburgish engineering. Before I got on the ride I asked if it ever gets stuck and leaves its riders dangling in mid-air overnight. The grizzled old chap in the ticket office told me that this doesn’t happen very often. By sheer coincidence it has only ever happened when there’s been a particularly big bus-load of tourists coming over the border from Germany.

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    Walk the walls

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The touristoffice provides several walkingroutes around Vianden. Most of them are in the hills surrounding the town. Through forests and green meadows and always coming back in town. They are signposted with letters. Get a map at the touristoffice to find out the perfect route for today.
    But they also have a route along the walls of Vianden. It is called 'intra muros extra muros'. It is only 1.4 km long and can be shortcutted to 0.6 km. Along the route you will find infopanels telling you about the life inside the walls.

    Walk along the walls of Vianden
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    Chairlift -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Feb 5, 2011

    Many people visit Vianden to wander through its hilly, historic streets or as a centre for walking, camping or cycling in the north of Luxembourg.

    During the summer months, a chairlift operates from the banks of the river in the lower part of the town taking you high above the castle with magnificent views over the landscape.

    The only chairlift in Luxembourg takes you from an altitude of 230m to 440m above sea level. Open from April to October.

    VIDEO of my visit to Vianden, including chairlift:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDnuTV6Y78c

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    Castle -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Dec 18, 2010

    The recently restored castle of Vianden is set spectactularly on the rocks above the town. It has become a museum.

    The castle was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and became the seat of the counts of Vianden.

    It was further developed until the 18th century but with the departure of the Counts of Luxembourg to the Netherlands combined with the effects of fire and an earthquake, it slowly deteriorated.

    The final blow came in 1820 when William I of the Netherlands sold it to a local merchant who in turn sold off its contents and masonry piecemeal, reducing it to a ruin.

    There were several attempts at restoration but these were hampered by problems of ownership.

    Not until 1977, when Grand Duke Jean ceded the castle to the State, was it possible to undertake large-scale work, most of which has now been completed.

    VIDEO of my visit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr_RusLwfOw

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    Vianden castle

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 5, 2008

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    The castle was build between the 11th and 14th century on a hill above the village. It's well restored and very impressive when you see it from the street. Inside, you will find a few furniture, armours, weapons etc. on several floors. It's pretty huge and labyrinthine, but if you follow the numbered signs you'll make sure that you don't miss anything. Outside, you have a few opportunities to enjoy the view, unfortunately not as much as I'd like to.

    The castle is easy to find as you'll already see it no matter from which side you are approaching Vianden. There's a parking (90 ct per hour) near the castle from which you have to walk up a bit. I'm not sure if the more distant part of the parking is free, the sign there was a big confusing.
    The castle is not wheelchair-accessible as there are many stairs in the castle. To enter and exit the castle building you already have to take stairs, and outside the building there's not much to see.

    Opened daily from 10:00.
    Admission: 5,50 Euro (adults).

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    Château de Vianden

    by fisherbray Written Jan 18, 2008

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    Situated on a hill overlooking the village, the castle provides an outstanding view of the local area and into Germany. The tour was self paced and we never felt rushed as the castle was not busy at all. Entry price is 5,50€ for adults and 2€ for children.

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    The Castle

    by el_ruso Written Aug 27, 2007

    Well, the point to visit Vianden is to see its magnificent castle. It was built in the XI-XII centuries by the counts of Vianden, who lost in the subsequent power struggles to the counts of Luxembourg.

    The castle laid abandoned for centuries, and a local merchants has sold big chunks of it at some point. In the 1970's the state took over and completely restored it to make it the fairy tale castle of today.

    In summer months there is a chairlift to the summit. At the bottom there is a pleasant historic cobblestoned town with B&B's and fine restaurants.

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    Church of St. Nicholas

    by yumyum Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    Originally there was a chapel in this spot. The order of Templar built and extended this church in the 13th century. A fire partly destroyed the church in 1723, but already a year later it was rebuilt. The baroque altar with rococo elements is from 1768.

    St. Nicholas church interior altar

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    Town hall (Stadhous)

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    This pretty building is not easy to photograph on a weekend when the place is packed with day trippers as it has a large parking lot in front of it. Also on that square is a funny fountain and some weather gadget.

    The building was first mentioned in 1469. Later two noble families possessed it. In 1950 it became the Rathaus. The present shape mostly dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Rathaus weather gadget cave next to the Rathaus fountain fountain

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    Sodality chapel

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    This chapel dates back to 1761 and was originally an asylum for the homeless. On the lower floor it was at times used as a school room. It can still be used for the homeless these days. The chapel with altar was closed when we were there.

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    Tourist Office

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    You may want to visit the tourist office to get a map etc. Next to the tourist office (on the river side) there are public toilets.

    Here you can also buy tickets for the little tourist train that runs along the street.

    Opening times of the tourist office is:
    Monday to Friday 8 - 12 / 13 - 17
    Saturday/Sunday 10 - 14

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    Cloister of the Trinitarians

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    The monastery of the Trinitarian order was founded in 1248 and the cloister belonged to them. Emperor Joseph II of Austria closed the monastery and cloister in 1783. The premises were auctioned off and eventually fell in decline. After 1955 the cloister was restored.

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    Trinitarian church - interior

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    Inside the church is most amazing due to the double nave and its altars. In the left side is the Renaissance altar "Blessed Sacrament" from the workshop of the the famous Ruprecht Hoffmann of Trier. It dates back to the 15th century.

    The main altar on the right side is from about 1758 and made by local artists. There are numerous tombs underneath the church. The organ is from 1693.

    double nave main altar on the right Blessed Sacrament altar on the left organ

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    Nepomuk statue

    by yumyum Written Jul 15, 2007

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    The original statue of the holy Johannes von Nepomuk was made in 1750 by the local sculptor Thillen. Today, the statue on the bridge is a copy of the original. The original is housed in the St. Nicholas church since 1989.

    Nepomuk

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