Bourscheid Castle, Bourscheid

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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  • I really liked this castle and the manner of how the audioguide was recorded. It simply was funny and changed the plain ruins of an old castle into a nice story worth following. We visited the...  more »
  • Very nice castle! English digital guide tour. Entrance fee was around 5 euro per person. We spend 2 hours at the castle.  more »
  • Very interesting place to visit. Open every day from 11.00 to 16.00. Entry is 7 euros. You will have a magnificent view from the top. Parking in front of entrance. In good weather you will have a nice view on the castle from a viewpoint on the road between Bourscheid and Burden (1km south-west of the castle).
  • We visited this castle only from the outside because we had a baby and a stroller. But even without entering, the natural scenery is stunning around the castle, which blends in perfectly in its surroundings. There is also a cafeteria selling water and ice-cream. Nice terrasse also.

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