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: Ruins in Luxembourg

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Nick Willder (5 months ago)
Lovely little village on a meander in a pretty valley. Great shop and places for eating and drinking, plus easily accessible (but not wheelchair) picturesque chateau ruins. Well worth a stop.
Sarah Boylan (5 months ago)
This Mediaeval settlement and castle remains are lovely. Still, silent, beautiful and set amongst hills, in the bend of the river. A gem to discover.
Alexandra Dobre (6 months ago)
Very beautiful hikes around! Especially during Autumn season.
Nikolaos Maroulis (15 months ago)
Beautiful castle and extremely well preseved. Imagine that the empty rooms that you see now, were once upon a time full of people, wooden furniture and smells from vegetarian food. Do wonder where those people bath and how the water was arriving there, and you will feel the difficulties of living back at that time. The view is impeccable, I suggest that you try to make a 360° panorama. Prefer to walk and enjoy during daytime and up to the sunset. Watch your step in winter, algae on the old path makes it very slippery.
Rafael Pacheco (2 years ago)
Castle ruins in the top of the hill that gives you a beautiful view of the village. Ruins are open all the time
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