Koerich Castle Ruins

Koerich, Luxembourg

Koerich Castle ruins is one of the castles in the so-called Valley of the Seven Castles. Standing on level ground in the valley of the stream of Goeblange, the castle's impressive keep and external walls blend harmoniously with the Baroque church and the old houses in the centre of the village.

The Grevenschlass, now known as Koerich Castle, was built by Wirich I, Lord of Koerich and Seneschal of Luxembourg at the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th century in late Romanesque style. It was expanded in 1304 by Godefroid of Koerich who gave it a more Gothic appearance. The keep, now 11 m tall, was certainly much higher when it was built. With a base measuring 12 by 11.6 m and walls up to 3.5 m thick, it is one of the most impressive in the entire region. A spiral staircase inside one of the walls provided access to the different floors.

Surrounded by a moat, the castle originally had a fortified entrance with a portcullis. From 1380, Gilles of Autel and Koerich converted the stronghold into a more comfortable residence by building two 12-m towers at either end of the south wall. The south-western tower which still stands, houses a chapel on the ground floor. In 1580, the new owner Jacques de Raville made further changes, demolishing part of the property and adding two Renaissance wings. The stately fireplace on the first floor and large rectangular windows testify to the castle's palatial splendor at the time. The south wing was again altered in 1728, this time with Baroque additions.

After the death of the Ravilles in the second half of the 18th century, the castle started to fall into ruin owing to lack of maintenance. In 1950, Pierre Flammang, the last private owner, carried out some essential structural repairs before the castle finally came into the hands of the State. Although major repairs are still in progress, the site can be visited free of charge.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Luxembourg

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Nick Van Breda (9 months ago)
Decayed castle, but great to take a short look in. Was open and for free during a hot summer day. Not to busy, like 5 other tourists we came across.
Kristina P (9 months ago)
Great place for outdoor events, parties, team buildings, etc
Jakob Južnič (12 months ago)
It was a wonderful experience. We walked around the castle.
Hasan Shaikh (3 years ago)
Wow what a castle.. small but nicely preserved with modern work of iron stairs.. their was a wedding party going on 22 May2021... which make this castle looks more brighter.. thanks you for a newly married couple
Demosthenis Axiotis (5 years ago)
Historic and breathtaking, parking is available and it is a great place for kids who like to listen to stories. No market close by for water or bathroom for the kids, only a local bar across the street.
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