Visit Vianden Castle

The castle in the Luxembourg town of Vianden is one of the most iconic buildings in the country. It has now been restored to its impressive former glory.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


High up on the hilltop, the castle dominates Vianden. For a thousand years, it has looked over the town in some form. And now it is people who look up to it, as one of Luxembourg’s most iconic buildings.

Vianden is a small town in Luxembourg’s north with a population of about 1500. Up from the river, the road leading to the castle has a small collection of restaurants and bars.

One of them, a dark and smoky video bar with music and pool tables, seems out of place in such a provincial location. But it’s a reminder that this is not a tourist trap… this is a home and there are young people here who need some release.

I would recommend this excellent full-day tour from Luxembourg City that goes to Vianden Castle and a lot of other great sights in the region.

Once you’re at the top of that road, past the beers and the schnitzels, it is as though you have stepped back to medieval times. And Vianden Castle beckons.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg
Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

After falling into disrepair by the 1800s, several attempts were made in the 19th and 20th centuries to restore it. Unfortunately, wars and other factors kept getting in the way.

It wasn’t until 1990 that it was finally restored and refurbished in such a way that it was suitable for visitors.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg
Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

Today, exploring the castle gives you a sense of what life was like back in the Late Middle Ages. It has been furnished and decorated in the style the Counts of Vianden would have been accustomed to.

That includes the huge dining room with its long wooden table and its fireplace from 1450; and the master bedroom with the red curtains around the sleeping area and six small windows.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg
Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

It takes much longer than expected to see everything in the castle – it is deceptively large. There is the armoury, the crypt, the chapel, the kitchen, the halls and more.

Staircases appear where they’re least expected, transporting you up to another level of expansive rooms.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

And at the top is what many people would consider to be the highlight – the views out across Vianden.

To be a count here in the 1500s, you would feel like a king. Looking out across your land from such a majestic of homes must have been truly incredible.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

From eavesdropping to the conversations around me, I think most tourists here are from Luxembourg itself – or at least the neighbouring countries.

This is not part of the usual trail of European tourism but it is a gorgeous little place with a stunning castle.

I stopped here when I was walking across Luxembourg (a trip that’s fairly easy to do within a week). But regardless of how you’re seeing the country, visiting Vianden Castle is worth the detour if you’re nearby.

Visiting Vianden Castle

A few years ago, CNN listed Vianden as one of the 21 most beautiful castles in the world, so it’s worth taking your time to enjoy the details and the views.

As well as the castle itself, there are the collections on display in many of the rooms. Plus there are often events happening on the grounds (particularly on summer weekends).

It’s worth checking to see when the Medieval Festival is being held at the castle, because that changes the whole visit! (In 2024, it’s 27 July to 4 August).

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

You can visit the castle independently – if you prefer, you can book tickets in advance here.

I think you’ll get a lot more out of a local showing you around, and a fantastic way to do that is on a tour from Luxembourg city.

I would recommend this full-day trip from Luxembourg City that also includes Beaufort Castle, Schiessentümpel Waterfall, and Echternach Old Town.

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

It is also possible to do a guided tour of Vianden Castle if you contact the castle and arrange it in advance. There’s also an audioguide that you can get on site for €2.

Typically, touring the castle takes about two hours, but it could be even longer if you’re listening to the entire audioguide and doing some other activities here.

A few other useful bits of visitor information:

  • Due to the many stairs in the castle, it is inaccessible for visitors with limited mobility.
  • The castle is located on a rocky promontory and has a total length of 90 metres, which might make it challenging for strollers.
  • Dogs are only allowed in the courtyard and in the cafeteria.

Regardless of how you approach it, I recommend you take your time – there’s a fair bit of uphill involved with a visit!

Where is Vianden Castle?

Vianden Castle is located in the town of Vianden in the north of Luxembourg, about 46 km away from Luxembourg City.
The address is Montée du Château, 9408 Vianden, Luxembourg.
You can see it on a map here.

How do you get to the Vianden Castle?

By train and bus, you can take a train from Luxembourg Central Train Station to Ettelbruck. Then, you can take the bus 570 to Vianden. The bus stop is near the train station in Ettelbruck, and you can get off at the stop on the far side of the river, directly beneath Vianden Castle.
By car/taxi (the better option), you can take a taxi from Luxembourg to Vianden. The car parking is below the castle, and then a short but very steep walk over the bridge between the castle and the car park.
Alternatively, you can park in the town of Vianden and take the chairlift to the castle which goes above the castle and offers a panoramic view of the town and the river.

When is Vianden Castle open?

The castle is open every day, at the following times.
November to February: 10:00 – 16:00
March and October: 10:00 – 17:00
April to September: 10:00 – 18:00
It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year Day

What is the Vianden Castle entrance fee?

Standard admission is €10. For children aged 6 – 12 years old it’s €2.50. For students (13-25 years old) with student cards, the entrance fee is €5.
Admission is free for children under 6 years old and for Luxembourg Card holders.
You can buy your ticket in advance here.

Are there tours to Vianden Castle?

The castle can provide a guided tour but you need to contact them to arrange it in advance, and it’s only really worth it for larger groups.
If you’re coming from Luxembourg City, there’s this excellent day trip that covers Vianden Castle as well as lots of other sights.
Or there’s this private tour from Luxembourg City that will take you to the region’s highlights.

For more information, see the official website of Vianden Castle.

Of course, a visit to Vianden Castle could make a side trip if you’re already spending some time seeing the sights in Luxembourg City.

But there’s also enough to see in the region to justify a whole day trip – including the nearby Victor Hugo House literary museum, the Hydroelectric Vianden Dam, and the Vianden City Museum.

Also in the region, there’s the interesting Beaufort Castle and dramatic Schiessentümpel waterfall.

For food in Vianden, have a look at the charming Cafe-Restaurant Du Pont set on the waterfront, or Auberge Aal Veinen Beim Humm, which serves charcoal grilled food in a former blacksmith.

16 thoughts on “Visit Vianden Castle”

    • It’s funny you should say that because I started to get a little bit bored of them. Yes, they are all a bit different but not necessarily different enough. This one, on the other hand, was so cool that I was like a little excited kids running around it and exploring!

  1. Crumbling ruins everywhere – hello, Europe! But wait! This castle actually looks a bit more interactive, well set up and less crumbly – horray! …I’m not a big fan of the middle ages, more fascinated by the French Grand Siècle and the following shnizzle, but Vianden Castle looks tempting… Should the world not end, we could buy it with the billions I’m gonna win in the lottery anytime soon and then we’d make the cheese there. We’d still call it “Echternacher”, as Vianden is not a decent cheese name – I’m sure you understand this, but if you want to discuss, fine. …It looks quite big, this castle, doesn’t it? I mean, I’m not EXACTLY fond of house-keeping, you know. How about you? Because if you’re not the biggest fan of dusting ever, I think, we can forget it, quite frankly. But it’s okay. I’m pretty sure you can come up with some more suggestions. I’ll stay tuned!

    • Ha – I love all of it! Perhaps we could employ some friendly Luxembourgians (I don’t think they’re really called that) who could make cheese in the morning and then dust the castle in the afternoons. Then we could all have a big feast in the banquet hall together every evening. With your lottery earnings we could host grand parties for the locals… but ask them kindly to do the washing up before they leave. The castle will again be alive and we will have as much cheese as the heart desires!

  2. We’ve got to get back to Luxembourg. We spent only 1 day there in 2002. I barely remember anything about it. I’ve enjoyed reading about your time there. What a beautiful looking castle too.

  3. I liked Vianden years ago when I went. It was a pretty interesting museum too (even for me who normally doesn’t like museums).
    The rest of Luxembourg did not impress me, but this day trip was fun.

    • I guess if you’re spending a lot of time in Germany and France, maybe Luxembourg doesn’t seem too different. But I really liked the place because of its size and quaintness. The castle was definitely one of the best bits of the country, though. Glad you made it there for a trip.

  4. Me and my mom visited – she is a Vianden. We made the trip last year and it was a great castle and Luxembourg was really a beautiful place.


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