The name Schengen is inextricably linked to peace and freedom in Europe, as it was in this small wine-growing village on the River Moselle that an important chapter in European history was written in 1985. Signed onboard the MS Princesse Marie-Astrid, the Schengen Agreement was the first step towards the disappearance of borders in Europe. It also put Schengen on the map.
Schengen was chosen because of its ideal location in the Three-Border-Region. Its here where the three Benelux countries meet Germany and France. The abolition of controls at the internal frontiers consolidated the Member States of the Schengen Area. Now the Schengen Area counts 26 Member-States and the Agreement allows over 400 million Europeans travelling without barriers.
Centre Européen Schengen
To accommodate the growing demand of tourists and those interested in the EU, the Centre Européen, administrated by the association Schengen asbl, was built in 2005. The European Center Schengen houses a café, a Tourist Information Office, a branch of the Europe Direct Network (a series of information centres on EU policies) and the European Museum Schengen. The Tourist Information Office is open all year round and provides visitors with extensive information on our offer of sightseeing tours in the region. It also organizes group visits on request. The Europe Direct Contact Center acts as a local intermediary between the EU and its citizens. Covering the entire territory of the EU, the Europe Direct network aims to provide information and advice on questions pertaining to the EU and its policies, while actively promoting the local and regional debate on EU-related issues. Information leaflets and documentation are available free of charge.
European Museum Schengen
Located within the European Centre, the European Museum Schengen was inaugurated on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Schengen Agreement. This interactive museum retraces the development of Europe in nine chapters, while providing background information on the famous treaty.
Château de Schengen - Hotel and Restaurant
The Schengen Castle. First mentioned in 1350, this moated castle changed owners several times before it became the property of the Collart, a dynasty of steel mill owners, in 1793. In 1812 Jean-Nicolas Collart decided to demolish the initial building to make way for a neo-classical mansion built from the rubble of the castle. Only one of the three existing towers was preserved. In 1939 the castle was acquired by the St Elisabeth Order and used for various purposes. Since April 2010 the Schengen castle has been operating as a hotel. The castles most famous resident was the French writer Victor Hugo, who during his stay in 1871 as a guest of the Collart family created a drawing of the building using coffee grounds. The original drawing can be seen in the National History and Arts Museum in Luxembourg City.
In front of and vis-à-vis the Schengen castle are a Baroque garden and a herb garden that are part of the project « Garden without limits », a transnational project centered on restored parks and thematic gardens in the Greater Region. Visitors have free access to the gardens.
Wine and Nature
Schengen is the sunniest region of Luxembourg. A mild weather characterizes the small, romantic village with special flora in the Luxembourgish Moselle. The vineyards of the region benefit from this exceptional climate and the loamy Keuper Marl sediments, which produce particularly well-balanced wines. The geography around Schengen is marked by an open-sided valley and rounded hilltops. The excellent reputation of wines from the Luxembourg Moselle extends far beyond the Grand-Duchys borders. Discover the famous « Coteaux de Schengen » range of wines at a tasting session with local producers.
Besides the vineyards, the natural reserves haff Réimech, « Strombierg » and « Grouf » shape the panorama of Schengen. Adventure paths and didactic panels, which guide through this special natural environment, will enchant even hardened urbanites.
The Schengen Region an its sights
Schengen and the classifications by the UNESCO for Luxembourg present the Grand Duchy as unique renowned tourist destination in the world.
The region disposes of an exceptional culturtouristical potential that goes from archeological discoveries to viticulture, natural reserves and todays European Union.
Become the godparent of a grape-vine
Become the godparent of a grape-vine settled on the sunny vineyard "Markusberg” at the European vine village of Schengen. All over a year you may follow up the ripeness of your own grape-vine. Witness the Schengen winegrower during his work of fostering the grape-vine until the crop of the grapes.