Valley of the Seven Castles Tour - 27 km
Exploring a thousand years of Luxembourg‘s history at one go: A ride through the Valley of Seven Castles enables visitors to experience Guttland, a region of the Grand-Duchy with one of the highest densities of medieval architecture in Europe, through a different lens. A new scenic drive combines all of seven manors in one journey, starting in Koerich or in Mersch. As a regional hub, the latter offers a wide variety of provisions for the day, so don‘t forget to stock up on food and drinks for a nice picnic along the route. The first human settlements in the region can be traced back to the Gallo-Roman period. But it wasn‘t until Theodoric I. purchased the town in 1232, that the first fortifications began to take shape. Those efforts resulted in the picturesque castle complex which has been dominating the cityscape up to our days. Today, the 13th century manor houses the town hall, whereas the renovated chapel has become the new home of both the castle museum and an information booth.
Spanning over 25 kilometers, the scenic drive links Mersch to Koerich with its newly renovated 12th century castle. En route you‘ll experience idyllic woods and quaint little villages driving from one castle to the next. Take your time to explore the sights on your own pace, as for instance the 13th century keep of Castle Schoenfels with its English gardens, Castle Hollenfels with its 11th century
origins or the historic gardens of Manor Ansembourg, which dates back to the 17th century. The old Castle Ansembourg and Castle Septfontaines are both privately owned and cannot be visited. Strategically placed lookouts all but make up for this by offering breath taking views from both castles.
Discover the Valley of the Seven Castles by car and through different view points (see map).