Bourscheid Castle stands on a site with archeological evidence of structures dating back to Roman times. Standing majestically some 150 metres above the River Sûre, it is enclosed by a circular wall with 11 watchtowers.

Although first mentioned in records from 1095, the castle appears to have been built around the year 1000 on earlier foundations. It was extended on several occasions: the outer wall dates from 1350, the Stolzembourg house from 1384 and the courtyard from 1477. Behind the gateway from the end of the 15th century, a ditch protected by four towers barred access to the upper and lower castles. The southern and eastern towers are from 1498 and the artillery bastions were built in the 16th century.

The extension of the upper part of the castle took place in the 15th century while the great fireplace and tall chimney were completed about a hundred years later. Schenk von Schmidtburg, who acquired the castle at the end of the 18th century, undertook some repair work but was unable to prevent further degradation. In the 19th century, after the chapel collapsed, there was talk of demolishing the building. However, in 1936 it became a listed site and in 1972, with the encouragement of an association called the Friends of the Castle of Bourscheid, the State acquired the building and undertook extensive repairs. As a result of restoration work, the castle is now fully accessible to visitors, but remains a predominately open-air ruin. An audio tour is available in Luxembourgish, German, French, Dutch, and English. Publication of the Bourscheid historical archives has provided details of the castle and its former inhabitants.

The castle is open to visitors all the year round.

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Founded: c. 1000 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Luxembourg

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Carl Young (2 years ago)
The castle is mostly in ruins but is quite large and fun to explore. The views of the surrounding valley are wonderful.
Sarah Boylan (2 years ago)
A proper castle and easily accessible. Beautiful views and, once the app is working, the information really adds to an appreciation of the working castle as it was
Christian's Suite Life (2 years ago)
Small and mostly exterior. Nice little visit, but have to strongly use your imagination to picture it's former glory.
Svend Nielsen (2 years ago)
Fantastic Castel, get the Audioguide and you will have spend 1,5 hour in no time!
Poulomi Das (2 years ago)
Did not go inside . The town around is one of the most beautiful we had seen on our road trip around the country, and we covered all major castles and ruins..so..
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