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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Brendan Healy (8 months ago)
Free to visit. Gives beautiful views if the town below.
MS (9 months ago)
Beautiful view from top! Walked up a flight is stairs to reach the top. Quick and easy access.
Sne Grace (10 months ago)
Place is beautiful and workers are nice, it's just that lady boss who was a bit offish. If she reads this, please be nice to customers, always ?
Divya Agrawal (10 months ago)
A nice place with a lovely view from the top. Though there is no castle as such but view from the top is worth the climb. Also there are a lot of posters with all historical information available to gain knowledge. Easily accessible by car then a bit of walk. Some stairs need to be climb on. I recommend it as a weekend gateway from Luxembourg.
H C (10 months ago)
The whole place is wonderful. The village is beautiful and quite. The view is amazing from up side. You can also visit the old church on the way up to the castle. Parking is available in the village for free. You can also set near the river in the village and enjoy the transparency and purity of the water. The road to the castle in google map is wrong and we had to ask to know from where to start climbing up.
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