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Enter the legend

Volkrange Castle

An old seigneurial residence can be found not far from Thionville. Largely destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War and now missing several sections, there are still several elements worthy of interest. Round tower, drawbridge, dovecote, private chapel, etc. The atmosphere there will transport you back to the start of the Luxembourg history of Thionville.

VOLKRANGE CASTLE

OR STRONGHOLD

Built between 1242 and 1248, the castle has some undeniable architectural qualities which make it a witness to the history of the region. Surrounded by moats, this structure is protected by two towers, the roofs of which have been completely restored. Inside, there are some magnificent keystones and a French-style ceiling.

A JOURNEY

IN THE TIME OF KNIGHTS

Cross the drawbridge and access the castle’s platform to learn more about its history. Admire the Renaissance style mullion windows. Inside the first room, take a look at the beautiful barrel vaulting, a French-style ceiling and a fireplace dating from the Restoration in the 18th century.

For the more inquisitive, a stable-barn in a Thionville style from the same period and an old house for servants dominated by the dovecote with a rotating mast, is a rare architectural feature in the region.

For the more contemplative among you and for those who are friends of Mother Nature, the magnificent 30-hectare  estate’s park will offer you the chance to enjoy the fresh air.

MEDIEVAL

WORKSHOPS

Every year, for the European Heritage Days, the association organises workshops where it is possible to discover ancient techniques such as stone carving, illuminations, book binding, calligraphy, tapestry, stained glass windows, etc. The opportunity to step into the shoes of a knight or a princess! Staged visits presented in sketches immerse you in the tragic story of Guerlach and Irmengarde of Volkrange.

THE LEGEND OF THE

LOVERS OF VOLKRANGE

Irmengarde and Guerlach is the story of two young lovers who were torn apart by leprosy. Every evening, each one of them lit a candle to show the other one that he or she was present. One night, Guerlach did not light hers.

Legend or reality, this story, worthy of minstrels’ tales and courtly love is set in Volkrange Castle.

VOLUNTEERS DEVOTED

TO THE SITE’S RESTORATION

In 1986, the association of the Friends of Volkrange Castle was created. It is in charge of the site’s restoration, upkeep and visits. The association’s main activity is the monument’s restoration by young people. Part of the REMPART Union, since 2011, the association welcomes young volunteers aged between 18 and 25 years who are following a Civic Service programme. These willing people brave the bad weather to participate in the restoration works on the western counterscarp. You can admire their work by stopping off at the edge of the western moats.