Urspelt/Ischpelt

Urspelt Castle

I had no intentions to make reviews of hotels. But a castle is a castle. And this is my greatest passion, as you already know. Who’s said, that Belgium is the country with the highest density of castles per square kilometer, when Château d’Urspelt is only 5 km away from Château de Clervaux. I know, I know – there is no such country as Belgium, where the castles arise one after another from the left and from the right when you drive down the interurban roads. (more…)

St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville/Helzen/Helzingen

St. Martin’s Church, Hachiville

Maybe I will never have the chance to visit the pilgrimage site Helzer Klaus, because it was closed at the time I went to St. Martin’s Church in Hachiville, but I want to show you this church though, and its great treasure.

Helzer Klaus was once a pagan place of cult dedicated to a spring goddess, later converted to the cult of the Virgin Mary. And in 1474, it became a Christian pilgrimage site (there is no surprise here. See: (more…)

Clervaux/Klierf/Clerf

Castle of Clervaux

It’s weird when you visit one place and decide not to take photographs of it, not to have seen much things, worthy enough to be photographed. And one day you remember that you have been there, at this place, and yet you don’t have any pictures of it, or at least, not sufficient. And this place is very specific and interesting, just as so many other settlements in Luxembourg. Generally speaking, Luxembourg is (more…)

Chapel of St. Stephen in Oberlascheid/Kapelle Oberlascheid

Chapel of St. Stephen, Oberlascheid

Maybe you are wondering why I am showing you all these little, hidden, and forgotten temples. (But if you’re already here, you’re probably not). They all have something in common – interesting or mysterious background, often lacking any historical documents. And of course, on the vast majority of them, there is no information in English at all.

The Chapell of St. Stephen in Oberlascheid isn’t an exception. On the contrary, (more…)

Church of St. Eligius/St. Eligius Pfarrkirche, Büllingen

Church of St. Eligius, Büllingen

Although I couldn’t take any photographs of the Church of St. Hubert in Amel (see: St. Lambertus Pfarrkirche, Manderfeld) (the first time, the floor was cleaned and wet and I couldn’t go inside, and the second time, it was closed), I managed to visit the Church of St. Eligius in Büllingen, in order to finish my series of churches built in the place of former Frankish palaces. (more…)

Manoir de Lébioles, Creppe, Spa

Manoir de Lébioles

You can’t just walk calmly down the streets of the city of Spa. Especially on one street (‘Avenue du Professeur Henri Jean’) that leads deep into the forest where the castle-like manor house Manoir de Lébioles stands.

I was nearly hit by a car several times while I was crossing the street without looking about, trying to capture the extremely beautiful and rich manor houses (little castles, as I call them) on both sides of the road. Because sometimes (more…)

Church of St. Maximin/Pfarrkirche St. Maximin, Pintsch/ Kierch Pënsch

Church of St. Maximin/Pfarrkirche St. Maximin, Pintsch

As I’ve already shown you the great masterpiece of the great Bastogne sculptor Jean-George Scholtus, I want to show you other pieces of his stunning work – in the Church of St. Maximin in Pintsch (for more information on the connection between St. Maximin and Luxembourg – see here and here). The parish of Pintsch from the 8th century is one of the oldest parishes in the Luxembourg Ardennes. (more…)

Mürlenbach

Bertrada Castle, Mürlenbach

Although Bertrada Castle (named after Bertrada of Laon, German: Bertrada von Mürlenbach. See: Prüm) was mentioned for the first time in 1331, in Roman times, there was presumably a Roman castel and in the 8th century – a Carolingian castle, at the place. Bertrada Castle in Mürlenbach is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne (see (more…)