Last weekend was a three day weekend for the Viper Pilot and we had intended to take a little trip to Black Forest but we never actually got around to making those plans. Instead, we hung out at home and took a day trip to Luxembourg. A friend told me about the Vianden castle months ago and we finally got around to visiting. It was a gorgeous hour drive from home and the castle was amazing.
The lower foundation was constructed in the 11th century and is the Roman ‘castellum.’ It was added on to several times throughout the 14th century. The castle was sold piece by piece in 1820 and sat in ruins. When the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (why is that so much fun to say?) transferred it to the state in 1977, it was restored to its former glory. It’s a very royal, Romanesque/Gothic castle for the middle of nowhere Lux and the quaint city of Vianden surrounds it below.
We took a tour of the castle, starting at the bottom in the Roman ruins and climbing to the top where we saw state rooms, a ballroom, and the kitchen all complete with artifacts and furnishings dating back to the 11th century.
It was fascinating to observe the variation in architecture throughout the castle. The castle was built over decades and the styles/vintages were drastically different. You could easily distinguish old from “new.”
I am still always in awe at how old everything is in Europe. There were a lot of tapestries original to the castle and they were, in my opinion, exquisite and unlike those I’ve seen elsewhere. All very old and very well preserved. You would think fabric of that vintage would have disintegrated by now.