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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Shereen Schreuder (2 years ago)
Beautiful, gem in the finding, definitely recommend it
Kilian Erz (2 years ago)
This castle is partially ruined but it has some incredible views from the top, down into the valley and river below! Just 5 euro per person and comes with a audio guide that is very well made. Really enjoyed it! The only thing closed was the top two floors of the rebuilt building that it supposedly has a little museum. Would definitely come back again!
Karol Porwol (2 years ago)
Nice place so site seeing over when you are near by. Worth visiting, I will recommended visiting at spring or summer
Audrey Strong (3 years ago)
What a beautiful castle in the middle of nowhere in Luxembourg. I went around 3pm in December and I was the only person visiting the castle. Certainly worth seeing and you will be blown away.
Vaughan Edmondson (3 years ago)
Lovely castle. Sympathetic restorations have really brought it to life. We had it to ourselves and spent an enjoyable hour wandering all over it. The audio guide (included in admission price) is excellent and informative.
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