Category: Luxembourg

Echternach

Abbey garden and Orangery, Echternach

In 697/698, Irmina of Oeren donated her property in Echternach to the Anglo-Saxon missionary Willibrord. Echternach is the oldest city in Luxembourg.

Irmina was of a very influential noble family and, according to the legend, even a daughter of the last Merovingian King (more…)

Ulflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges

Ulflingen/Troisvierges

There is something very mysterious about the small town of Ulflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges that remains unnoticed. It is its name in the first place. The German name Ulflingen, by which it was known from its very beginning (mentioned for the first time in 1353), as well as the Luxembourg Ëlwen, derives from the word for ‘elves’ and refers to the old folk tales about the founding of the town by elves.

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Château de Bourscheid/Bourscheid Castle

Bourscheid Castle

The triangular Castle of Bourscheid with its 11 towers and a 12 thousand-square-meter area is considered the largest fortified castle on Luxembourg territory.

It was founded about AD1000 as a replacement of a former wooden fort. Due to his visit to the castle ruins in 1865, today guiding host in Bourscheid is Victor Hugo himself.

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Esch-sur-Sûre

Esch-sur-Sûre

I have annoyingly insufficient photograph material, and almost no information about Esch-sur-Sûre/Esch-Sauer, but I want to say something about it, as with its erection in 927, Esch Castle is in actual fact the first castle on the territory of the present Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (as we’ve seen in the previous publication, even the castle in Luxembourg City dates from AD 963.) (more…)

Luxembourg City

Luxembourg, Park

My blog is about not so popular tourist destinations (mainly from a Bulgarian point of view, but not only), yet if I don’t show something from the capital of this tiny country with a few more than a half million residents, then what else remains to be shown in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg… I’m joking, of course. But for the moment, I’ve decided that Luxembourg City and Brussels will be the only popular destinations to present here, only because I might have missed visiting some important sights there, but in return, I’ve photographed other, not seen by everyone (this applies mainly to Brussels).

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Vianden

Vianden

“Vianden” derives from the Gallic word “vien”, which means “rocky”. That little town with less than 2000 inhabitants is in the warmer months so flooded with tourists or with just taking a walk neighbors from the neighboring Germany and Belgium, that people can hardly pass each other on the narrow pavements and would wonder in which densely populated city they have arrived.

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