charming and very atmospheric place, cheap petrol
Dutch and German are the languages
Its worth stopping for.
French author Victor Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Les Misérables) enjoyed Vianden and stayed four times in the town between the years of 1862 and 1871. Hugo found Vianden to be beautiful and was a strong supporter of others visiting the town. He is quoted as saying:"Your town is not well-known enough; it is not known as it should be, I shall...more
There are a number of rooms in Vianden Castle that have been restored and furnished with period furniture, tapestries, and designed to give the visitor a look at what castle life was like. Overall, these rooms are very well done. I especially enjoyed looking at the tapestries, sculptures, carvings in the furniture, and other artworks.Available for...more
Underneath the castle is the large cellar consisting of a large dark room (29 meters long) and five large round columns supporting the cross vaults, which is still preserved from the original castle. A good look at some early architectural structures – be sure to look at the walls built from the rock and the stone work creating the ceiling.The room...more
The chapel at Vianden Castle is in two parts, the upper chapel and the lower chapel – both worth seeing. From the first floor on the tour, visitors will first visit the lower chapel. It is in this area that the earliest known section of the castle was built overtop of former Roman construction, a castellum that dates back to the 3rd century that...more
This is the first room that you come to on your tour of Vianden Castle. The room has a Gothic style vaulted ceiling (restored in the 1960s to match its original 15th century ceiling). On display in the Arm’s Hall are the coat of arms of Nassau-Vianden and baden-Sponheim and Vianden. There are knight’s suits of armour, shields, pikes, halberds,...more
If you visit Vianden, you cannot miss the castle. Beautifully restored, it sits high above the town providing visitors with a spectacular view of the Our valley.Admission is €6/adult and €2/children (2012 prices). The ticket booth is at the entrance to the castle.We found parking along the road on the hill and walked up to the castle. If you are...more
This spectacular castle sits on the hill overlooking the valley and town of Vianden. The original castle was built beginning in the 11th century on top of earlier Roman ruins. It was originally built in the Romanesque style, but later Gothic additions and castle renovations left their mark on the castle. The castle and its contents were sold in the...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
During the yearly Vianden Nut Festival we wun a prize in a local lottery. It was dinner for two at Restaurant "Le Châtelain" and it was an amazing expirience.... Our dish was:1. Salade Caille - Quail salad2. Potage Potun - Pumpkin soup3. Medaillon Cerf - Deer steak4. Froamge - Different kinds of French cheese5. Degustation - Three kinds of pudding...more
The restaurant Belle Vue, the restaurant of hotel Belvedere, is absolutely a must try. They serve all kind of gastronic dishes. You can let the chef choose for you up to a 7 course menu. In this 7 course menu we got to small greetings from the kitchen (appetizers) to make it 9 dishes. It took us all evening to eat it all.A 7 course dinner costed 65...more
After having dinner at Du Pont you can go somewhere else, but of course you can also choose to stay (Or come in later at night when you had dinner at another location).
A very pretty pub with a lot of good beers to choose. Often funny music, mostly nice audience and friendly personal who join the crowd to give everyone inside a nice evening!
Dress Code: Whatever you want
Luxembourg is a great place to drive. Roads are excellent, landscape is gorgeous, and gasoline is a lot cheaper for some reason than in the nearby countries.To reach Vianden you may either take N7 north past Diekirch. If you are coming from Belgium, take the highway to Namur, and then N4 via Bastogne.more
If you don't have a car, don't think that you can't make it to Vianden. It's a little bit of work and requires a bit of timing, but I think that it's worth it. First, take the train from Luxembourg city to Ettelbruck (about 45 min). Then from Ettelbruck, take a bus to Vianden. The bus ride to Vianden is about 30 min and is a very beautiful ride....more
On the main street in Vianden I saw a bakery shop with Nougat. I couldn't resist buying some. It was rather soft and sticky and therefore very sweet.
The museum of Caricature and Cartoons presents the history of national and international caricature and the best of nowadays caricature. The museum welcomes an permanent exhibition, the "Salon International de Caricature et Cartoon" of Vianden and temporary exhibitions of luxembourg and foreign artists.more
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...more
As we just had visited the hydro-electric power station, we were curious to see the reservoirs, which are used to "store" the water until electricity is needed. There's not so much to see, and we only found one place from where you can take a closer look at the lake. There's a big parking (with toilets, but they were closed) from which two stairs...more
A bit outside of Vianden, upstream the Our river, you'll find a hydro-electric power station, managed by SEO (Societe Electrique de l'Our). There's an artifical lake of the Our river with a dam in Vianden and from there, water gets pumped to two upper reservoirs (509 m high) on the top of Mount St Nicholas. During peak hours then, the water in the...more
I can recommend taking a walk up and down the Grand-Rue ie the main drag. The street is rather narrow in places, so watch the traffic. You will pass the museums and many restaurants. Also you will see a statue of the justice cross.Across the river you will find the Victor Hugo museum.more