Hiking in Luxembourg: Fairy-tale Castles in Hollenfels and Ansembourg

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Hikers, Luxembourg is made for you! There are so many trails in this tiny country that I guarantee you'll not be able to do them all in 1 week. After being on the road for almost 6 months and hitchhiking the Atlantic ocean, I can't wait to discover the hidden gems of my lovely little Luxembourg.

 

Maybe, the only Grand-Duchy in the world cannot show off with super high peaks, but it can definitely exhibit some of the most romantic fairy-tale castles in Europe. Without any exception, all of them can be combined with exciting hiking trails. In this post I want to show you 2 less known castles in the country's center: Hollenfels and Ansembourg.


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The trail starts in yet another enchanted place: the valley of Marienthal. The former Dominican cloister has been turned into a youth center offering numerous sports activities. The site is an oasis of peace and tranquility (on a Sunday!) that seems just to have sprung from ancient medieval times. No noise, only birds twittering and water murmuring. Off Season is a perfect time to visit Luxembourg, as well as many other European countries. Learn more about the advantages of visiting Europe during off season.

 

The trail goes up into the forest along impressive rocks. If you're attentive, you'll spot some rabbits or mice. Or a small-sized statue of the Virgin Mary hidden in a natural hollow of a rock. The dense woods give the trek a very mysterious touch which is enhanced by huge rock formations and a rippling stream. After walking for 2 hours you'll reach a view point with a breath-taking outlook on the Marienthal site.

 

Continue walking and you'll pass along some ponds with high-growing reef plants. It's the perfect place to have your lunch break. The relaxing effect of this view is guaranteed. As we go on, almost bewitched, we reach the ruins of a former mill? It's an authentic treasure hidden amidst dense bushes and framed by a tiny river.

 

After walking for another 2 hours, we finally reach the first castle. The most remarkable element of the Hollenfels castle is its 40 m high rectangular tower. While accessing the site by a massive brick bridge, we immediately felt transposed into medieval times. From the plateau you'll enjoy some impressive views on the Eisch valley. I could have stayed here for hours contemplating lush green nature. 

 

But it's time to hurry up in case we want to reach our final destination before darkness: the second castle, called Ansembourg. To me personally, Ansembourg castle is even more impressive than Hollenfels. It is not only of a completely different style but also from an earlier age. Between the vast courtyard and the immensely elaborated gardens, I didn't know where to look first. This area lets you feel immediately as in the era of elegant barons and posh marquis. And just I couldn't resist to mime some affected behavior of a Louis XIV or a Marie-Antoinette.

 

I guess I just got totally a carried away by the fairy-tale setting... 


You love this place so much that you don't want to leave anymore? So then I have good news for you! You can sleep just in front of an authentic fairy-tale castle. Even when your traveling on a budget, this dream can become reality when you book Hostel Hollenfels!


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Marienthal Cloister - Monasterio de Marienthal

¡Si te gusta el senderismo, Luxemburgo está hecho para tí! Hay tantos senderos en este pequeño país que te prometo que no los podrás hacer todos. Aun si te quedas 1 semana. Tras casi 6 meses viajando por Cabo Verde y el Caribe, haciendo "barco-stop" por el Atlántico, vuelvo con muchas ganas de descubrir las joyas de mi propio pais, Luxemburgo.

 

A pesar de que el único Gran Ducado del mundo no puede lucir con picos muy altos, tiene con certeza algunos de los castillos más bonitos de Europa. Cada uno de ellos puede ser combinado con una ruta fascinante. En este post quiero enseñarte 2 castillos poco conocidos en el centro del país: Hollenfels y Ansembourg.

 

El sendero comienza en un lugar casi místico: el valle de Marienthal. El antiguo monasterio dominicano sirve hoy como centro de juventud ofreciendo numerosas actividades deportivas. El sitio es un oasis de paz y tranquilidad (en un domingo!) que parece haber salido recientemente de los tiempos medievales. Ningún ruido, solo pájaros cantando y el agua murmurando.

 

El camino sube al bosque y pasa al lado de rocas impresionantes. Si te fijas muy bien, verás conejos o algún ratón. O la pequeña estatua de la virgen María escondida en la hondonada natural de una roca. El bosque denso le da un toque misterioso al sendero que está aún reforzado por las formaciones rocosas enormes y el murmullo del arroyo. Tras caminar durante 2 horas, llegarás a un mirador del que tendrás una vista impresionante al monasterio de Marienthal.

 

Sigue andando y pasarás al lado de unas lagunas verdosas recubiertas de plantas y flores. Es el lugar perfecto para un descanso o un pequeño pic-nic. El efecto relajante de este lugar está garantizado. Cuando seguimos, un poco hechizados, llegamos a las ruinas de un antiguo molino. Es un auténtico tesoro escondido entre arbustos densos y enmarcado por un riachuelo.

 

Tras seguir andando por 2 horas más, llegamos por fin al primer castillo. El elemento más resaltante del castillo de Hollenfels es su torre de 40m. Mientras accedes al sitio por un antiguo puente de piedra, te sientes poco a poco trasladado a los tiempos de caballeros y doncellas. Desde la meseta, tendrás una vista que te dejará sin aliento: todo el valle de la Eisch estará a tus pies. Podría haberme quedado horas contemplando la naturaleza exuberante. 

 

Pero ya nos tenemos que dar prisa si queremos llegar a nuestro último destino antes de que caiga la noche: el segundo castillo llamado Ansembourg. En mis ojos, el castillo de Ansembourg es aún más impresionante que el de Hollenfels. No solo difieren totalmente en su estilo, sino son también de épocas distintas. Al entrar en el vasto patio de Ansembourg no sabía donde mirar primero. Sus jardines inmensos y tan elaborados te cautivarán seguro. Me sentí inmediatamente como en los tiempos de barones elegantes y marqueses sofisticados. Y no pude resistir de imitar el comportamiento exageradamente rígido de un Luís XIV o de una Marie-Antoinette.

 

Me imagino que simplemente la magia del lugar se ha apoderado de mí...

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Viewpoint on Marienthal - Mirador cerca de Marienthal

La región de Hollenfels y Ansembourg te ha gustado tanto que no te quieres ir? Y te has quedado con una ganas tremendas de quedarte en el ambiente de cuento de hadas? Entonces te recomiendo pasar una noche en el Hostal Hollenfels situado justo en frente del castillo.


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First castle in sight! - Primer castillo a la vista!
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100% relax at the ponds along the trail - 100% relax cerca de las lagunas al lado del sendero
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Breath! - Respira!
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Approaching Hollenfels - Acercando Hollenfels
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Cute House in Hollenfels - Casa super mona en Hollenfels
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First castle: Hollenfels - Primer castillo: Hollenfels
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Details - Detalles
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View on Eisch Valley - Vista al valle de la Eisch
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Approaching the second castle - Acercándonos al segundo castillo
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Entrance to Ansembourg Castle - Entrada al castillo de Ansembourg
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Lost in time - Perdida en el tiempo
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The castle's labyrinth - El laberinto del castillo
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Wandering around - Perdiéndome en los jardines
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Favourite Detail - Detalle Preferido
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Tiny Paulina - Pequena Paulina
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Natural Framing - Marcos Naturales
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Into the green - Al verde!
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Another place to stay near the mentioned fairy tale castles is the Temps d'Or Hotel****

 

 For more information about tourism in Luxembourg, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism Board of Luxembourg

 

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Otro lugar precioso para dormir cerca de los castillos es el Temps d'Or Hotel****

 

 Para más información sobre turismo en Luxemburgo, te recomiendo la página siguiente: Turismo en Luxemburgo


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