Esch-sur-Sûre Castle Ruins

Esch-sur-Sûre, Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Sûre Castle was founded around 927 AD, when Meginaud or Maingaud and his wife Hiletrude acquired the site of Esch-sur-Sûre. He built a Romanesque tower eight metres square as well as farm buildings. The castle was considerably enlarged in the Gothic style by the two last Counts of Esch during the 13th century.

With the introduction of gunpowder in the 15th century, additional defences were required. The entire village was reinforced with a solid wall stretching 450 metres around the village complete with two defensive towers. The round watchtower or Lochturm opposite the keep was also built in the 15th century as were the entrance gate and the castle stables. The castle started to deteriorate in the middle of the 16th century and was dismantled in 1685 by the troops of Louis XIV. The outer wall was however left intact as many of the houses used of it for their back walls. The castle fell into the hands of commoners. When Victor Hugo visited the village in 1871, several families were still living there. In 1902, the Egyptian Martin Riano d’Hutzt bought the ruins from the State for 1,000 francs. He charged the architect Charles Arendt with restoration work and the chapel was restored in 1906 but then funds appear to have run out.

Today only the ruins of the castle remain although the State acquired the site in 2005 and began restoration work the following year. The site is open to the public and is illuminated in the evenings.



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Founded: 927 AD
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Luxembourg


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Scott Fjordbotten (2 months ago)
Quiet little town and castle. Not a lot to do other than walk around, but well worth a visit!
Olga Skvortsova (7 months ago)
Did a lot of climbing with our 4 y.o. this weekend and he loved it! So a clear recommendation, just don't forget to wear proper boots, as it may be slippery after the rain ❤️
Thierry Hellebois (10 months ago)
A place worth visiting if you are in Luxembourg. Although the village is quite small, it’s the perfect place to make a stop after a swim in the lake. You can enjoy the view from the castle or from the other side of the river with a small hike of 1,5km.
crafty travellers world (11 months ago)
No crowds, easy to get there. Steep and narrow - so better to leave car at the bottom. We used pushbikes so we locked them at the top. Views from top are amazing. We have been after 6pm and have still access to the castle.
Maryna Chepeleva (11 months ago)
The castle is old, 10th century and looks different comparing with most popular castles in Luxembourg. It’s small but very interesting to visit. Free entrance. I advice to take a hike to the mountain near the town to enjoy the view.
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