Clervaux Castle dates back to the 12th century. The oldest parts of the castle were built by Gerard, Count of Sponheim, a brother of the Count of Vianden. The large palace and the rounded towers are probably from around 1400 when the prosperous Lords of Brandenbourg lived there.

In 1634, Claude of Lannoy built the reception halls, including the large Knights' Hall in the Spanish style of Flanders. In 1660, stables, storerooms and administrative buildings were added. Finally, in the 18th century, new stables were built.

Over the years, like other castles in Luxembourg, Clervaux fell into disrepair although it was partly restored and used as a hotel before it was finally destroyed in the Second World War during the Battle of Clervaux (December 16 to 18, 1944), part of the Battle of the Bulge.

After being fully restored after the war, the castle is now used partly as a museum and partly for housing the local administration. The south wing houses an exhibition of models of Luxembourg's castles, the old kitchen in the Brandenbourg House is a museum devoted to the Battle of the Ardennes while the upper floor house display photographs by Edward Steichen in an exhibition entitled The Family of Man. The remaining rooms are used for the services of the local administration.

It houses the commune's administrative offices as well as a museum containing an exhibition of Edward Steichen's photographs. The castle is open to visitors.

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Founded: 12th century
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Gary Knight (39 days ago)
Nice place to visit. Lovely views
Jussi Nauhoittaja (47 days ago)
There is nothing wrong with the castle itself, but it cannot really be seen from the inside except if you decide to visit one of the two small museums which are located in it. I went to one of them (the Battle of Ardennes Museum) and it was the worst museum I had ever been to. If you are not a specialist in WWII or don't know the story behind the battle beforehand, it's absolutely a waste of time and money to go there.
Lama Barr (2 months ago)
As far as castles go, it’s not the most impressive. It’s made more interesting by the galleries and museums on its premises. Really enjoyed The Family of Man exposition.
octavian silaghi (4 months ago)
Nice looking castle in the city center.
Leonardo Gelsleichter. (8 months ago)
It's close now, but it's beautiful!
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