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
Category: Castles and fortifications in Luxembourg

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Sheila Young (6 months ago)
It’s a cute town and interesting castle. There are museums inside that are worth the visit.
Carl Young (7 months ago)
The museum of the Battle of the Ardennes was an interesting surprise; there were many objects on display. A second museum there has dioramas of many Luxembourg castles, some highly detailed. The diorama museum provides the best interiors of the castle itself.
Albert Pujadas (7 months ago)
Very interesting museum and building itself. Recommendable.
Mohamed Yessoufou (7 months ago)
Good overall Beds are a bit small but guess that's European ways of doing it
Gary Knight (10 months ago)
Nice place to visit. Lovely views
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