Our hotel in Arlon can be your personal castle but how do you feel about having a chance to see seven castles? The Valley of the Seven Castles is one of Europe’s greatest collections of castles in the valley of the Eisch River.
The Valley of the Seven Castles spans over 25 kilometres and the area can be explored by car, cycling or hiking through the 37-kilometre footpath. From our 4* hotel restaurant in Arlon, it is easy to drive and explore this region that goes as far back to the Gallo-Roman period.
First off, you meet the Mersch Castle. This castle dates back to the 13th century and came under attack on multiple occasions. The Castle was sold to the State of Luxemburg and now houses the town hall. Visitors can walk around the outside of the building and climb the stairs of the turrets.
Second is Schoenfels Castle that is also owned by the State of Luxemburg. This castle goes back to the 12th century and was destroyed in 1863. However, after passing through many hands, it was transformed to reflect a neo-gothic style that you see presently.
Third, you’ll come to Hollenfels Castle that goes back to the 11th century. The castle is 39 metres high and offers some breathtaking views of the Eisch valley. Currently, it houses a youth centre and visitors can book a guided tour.
Next step leads you to the Old Castle of Ansembourg and the Grand Castle of Ansembourg. The Old Castle dates back to the 11th century and is privately owned. The Grand Castle was constructed between 1639 and 1647. is also privately owned and visitors are not allowed inside. However, the gardens lined with a variety of plant species, fruit trees and grand fountains and 10 sculptures of Greek and Roman mythological characters are open to visitors. Strategically placed lookout points offer a glimpse at both of these architectural wonders.
Moving on is Septfontaines Castle that is privately owned as well and does not allow visitors. The Castle is from the 12th century and destroyed by fire in 1779 before being restored in 1920. Spaces within the grounds of the castle can be rented out for private events.
The last castle on your journey is the Koerich Castle that is also owned by the State of Luxembourg. The Koerich Castle started construction in the late 12th and early 13th century. In the 18th century, the castle was deemed uninhabitable due to a lack of maintenance. In the 1950s works were carried out to save the crumbling structure.
Return to our family hotel in Arlon after experiencing a region with one of the highest densities of medieval architecture in Europe. Our hotel restaurant in Arlon is the perfect place to stop, rest and get a meal or a drink.