I am one of the 600,000 people who call Luxembourg their home. Landlocked by Germany, Belgium and France, Luxembourg has inherited some of the best from its neighbours – verdant green plains, luscious vineyards and castles overlooking river valleys and hills.
And within this lovely landscape, if there is one place that is a must see, besides the lovely eponymous capital city, is the north eastern town of Vianden right along the German border.
Getting to Vianden
Vianden is just over 50 mins from Luxembourg city by public transport. You can take the train from Gare Luxembourg to Ettelbruck or Diekirch which runs every hour and then take the bus 570 from the Ettelbruck or Diekirch to Vianden, Breck. The bus stop is right opposite the train station in Diekirch and takes you through the winding hilly roads up to the castle
Getting to the castle
We went there during the winter so the chair lift was not open then. However its a very short walk to the castle from where the bus leaves you. Walking half way the majestic castle comes into view and for us, it was through the mist. Words and pictures don’t to enough justice to the view that unfolded.
Victor Hugo and Vianden
Victor Hugo, the famous French poet, visited Vianden several times and also resided here in 1871 after being expelled from Belgium. Here he stayed in the house across the river facing the castle and wrote a part of ‘Annee Terrible‘. His house has now been turned into a museum. There is a fine hotel named after him as well, should you choose to soak in more of Vianden and spend the night here.
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