Updated:
16-dec-2009



I visited this castle in 1997 and 2007. The pictures here were made on both occasions.

Brandenbourg Castle lies above the hamlet with the same name, on a promontory in the silent valley of the river Blees, north of the town of Diekirch in Luxembourg.

Brandenbourg Castle was probably built in the 10th century but was first mentioned in 1244. It is situated on the old route from Vianden to Bourscheid. At the end of the 13th century, when the primitive dynasty of Brandenbourg died out, the castle went to Thierry von Neuerbourg; who was linked to the Counts of Vianden. After that the castle went through the hands of the Lords of Haraucourt, Salm, Kitzingen, Stassin and Blochausen.

In the 14th century a chapel was added to the castle. And during the 15th and 16th century the castle was expanded and a bailey, two towers, vaulted cellars and curtain walls were added. The castle fell to ruin in the early 19th century because of severe neglect.

The castle was used as a filming location in 2002 for the Hollywood movie George and the Dragon.

I must say that this was one of my favorite Luxembourg castle ruins. Because when I visited it in 1997 it was freely accessible and was my idea of a romantic ruin due to its location and the way it was overgrown. It really felt like a discovery. At present however the castle is being restored and is completely fenced of. Also the overgrowth is largely removed. On the one hand this is a good thing for it keeps the walls from crumbling further and is showing architectural details which couldn't be seen before. But the romantic feel is lost. Still, I hope to visit it again when the works are done.

The castle as it looked in 1997. Compare this with the top one on this page.

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