Bourscheid Castle, Bourscheid

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Bourscheid Castle is located near the village of Bourscheid in north-eastern Luxembourg. The medieval castle stands on a site with archeological evidence of structures dating back to Roman times. Standing majestically some 150 metres above the River Sûre, it is enclosed by a circular wall with 11 watchtowers.
Although first mentioned in records from 1095, the castle appears to have been built around the year 1000 on earlier foundations. It was extended on several occasions: the outer wall dates from 1350, the Stolzembourg house from 1384 and the courtyard from 1477. Behind the gateway from the end of the 15th century, a ditch protected by four towers barred access to the upper and lower castles. The southern and eastern towers are from 1498 and the artillery bastions were built in the 16th century.
The extension of the upper part of the castle took place in the 15th century while the great fireplace and tall chimney were completed about a hundred years later. Schenk von Schmidtburg, who acquired the castle at the end of the 18th century, undertook some repair work but was unable to prevent further degradation. In the 19th century, after the chapel collapsed, there was talk of demolishing the building. However, in 1936 it became a listed site and in 1972, with the encouragement of an association called the Friends of the Castle of Bourscheid, the State acquired the building and undertook extensive repairs. As a result of restoration work, the castle is now fully accessible to visitors, but remains a predominately open-air ruin. An audio tour is available in Luxembourgish, German, French, Dutch, and English. Publication of the Bourscheid historical archives has provided details of the castle and its former inhabitants.
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  • A castle that is not completely renovated but with its view and its history can compensate you. It is located 45 λ from the capital and has an entrance €5 with audio guide.
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  • The castle begins with Bertram with Bourscheid in 1095. He dies without descendants and the castle is auctioned in ruins. When it declared itself a historical monument and was acquired by the state, it was rebuilt in stone instead of wood. The visit with audio guide is highly recommended, because there are no explanatory posters but numbers that link you to the different fragments of the audio guide. The tour is marked and allows you to explore the different parts of the castle. It can be reached from the village, where you can reach it by public transport, walking about 20 min. If you leave by car, there is parking next to the castle itself. The entrance is 5o with audio guide, we were surprised that they had it in Spanish. You can visit from Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00.
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  • Another fantastic castle to explore in Luxembourg. There are 3 others nearby that make a great 2 day itinerary of exploring castles
  • Beautiful castle in beautiful surroundings. Love the history and that it is not an attraction that takes all day, so you can go from there to explore the beautiful nature and other things in the area
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