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Vianden is a small town with an enormous castle looming over it. It guards the northeastern border of Luxembourg with Germany and is, on lovely-weathered weekends, a touristic hotspot.

Luxembourg takes great pride in Vianden Castle which, as of the nineteenth century, was a scenic ruin. Intensive restoration in recent decades has made it both much safer to tour, and also turned it into a venue for feasts, concerts, and diplomatic events. They're building a modern complex in the outer bailey, presumably all shiny new facilities to complement the historic tapestry-hung halls within. I would love to attend a conference here, but I suspect most of the "conferences" held here of the international political dignitary variety. Photo galleries show off the decades of heads of state and famous actors who have visited. Based on the pictures, Shadow of the Vampire was, in part, shot here.

Within, large amounts of the castle have been entirely rebuilt. The two-level Gothic chapel, surrounded by a corridor with Romanesque windows, was surreally as good as new. The upper level was for the nobility who lived in the castle; the lower level was for the townfolk who could hear the service without disrupting those who outranked them. From the higher towers, visitors look down on lovely views of the town nestled on the banks of Our river.


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Oct. 4th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous..
I'm sooo jealous. Sadly Gillette Castle is the only castle I've ever been to. Vianden is simply huge from the pictures. Plus the little town just adds to it.
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm jealous..
What a fun castle Gillette looks to be! The revival castles can often be even more spectacular than the ones built in the period which needed them for fortification reasons. However, in the case of Vianden - it's all it's trying to be. It's a stereotypical castle, even!
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've been there. You know, I'd long forgotten the name of the little town which I visited way back when, but it was Vianden. And it was beautiful. Thanks for posting the gorgeous photos; they're a delight. Strangely enough, I like the corridor the best. It's so clean and simple, and fresh looking. [And they look like great window seats for reading in, if you added a cushion!]
Where are you going, or are you there?
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Neat! I'm glad to help refresh your memory.

We got back on Saturday from a two week trip around France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. I have a huge backload of photos I haven't even looked at yet from it, restaurants I haven't written about from it, etc., so am likely to keep posting more parts and pieces of this trip for at least another week or so. I was actually in Vianden on Sept. 22nd.

I took a whole bunch of photos of that hallway for that very reason - it's lovely, clean lines, and evocative.
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
shadow of the vampire

boy, i love(d) that film. original title was /burned to light/ -- a nicely double-entendre reference to the celluloid transfer process.

-- sven
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