Vianden, Luxembourg

Vianden is a one street town in Luxembourg where Victor Hugo found refuge after being expelled from Belgium in 1871. “Vianden, he wrote, embedded in a splendid landscape, will be viVianden, Luxembourgsited one day by tourists from the whole of Europe, attracted both by its sinister but magnificent ruin and by its cheerful and happy people.” At the top of one of the many hills surrounding the town is Vianden Castle, the main attraction site of the town. The castle is one of the largest residences from the Romanesque and Gothic period built on the foundation of a roman fort from the 11th to the 14th century.

It’s a very affordable place to visit only costing 4.50 € for students (under 25) to walk through. You are guided through 18 different rooms and for a detailed explanation of all of them check out their website. My personal The Byzantine Galleryfavourite was The Byzantine Gallery pictured to the left. Six windows face the valley while four face the west side of the castle. The most interesting room was the chapel. It was located in the tower and consisted of two floors and an open middle. This was so us commoners and servants could follow the religious ceremonies without endangering or bothering the count’s family who would sit on the upper level.

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