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levels and with ten different areas, the expo is suspended above fascinating archaeological remains. “Visitors follow the ancient walkway before arriving at a large audio-visual projection, where the museum visit concludes,” adds Ersfeld. There is also a tavern for enjoying drinks and snacks on site, and do not forget to pay the gift shop a visit. “You can find a range of souvenirs to remind you of your visit to the castle.”
A haven of culture, Vianden Castle hosts all manner of exhibitions throughout the year. Events on the 2018 programme range from a piano concert taking place this month to an expo dedicated to Vianden’s international caricature and cartoon competition in May.
Looking through the packed programme, Ersfeld picks out the brand new event Portae temporis - les portes du temps (the doors of time) as one not to be missed. “We wanted to create a new event that would appeal to people with a real passion for history and medieval times in particular,” she enthuses. Scheduled for 2 - 3 June, the event will take visitors back in time, with knights, ladies, soldiers and servants populating the caste. Expect costumes, music and other spectacles, as the castle presents an evolution across the centuries. “The castle was built over several centuries and so we wanted to create an event that presented several epochs,” adds Ersfeld. “Visitors will travel from the 12th to the 18th century and will meet representatives from each era in their respective environment.”
Luxembourg’s greatest medieval show The highlight of the Vianden Castle calendar has to be the annual Medieval Festival. Taking place from 10am till 7pm over nine days from 28 July - 5 August, the 17th edition of the famous event promises to be as spectacular as ever. Medieval life will return to the castle, with everything from battle demonstrations, musicians and fire-eaters to jugglers, birds of prey presentations, acrobats and calligraphy demonstrations. In addition to all the entertainment there is also a medieval market where shoppers can pick up beautiful crafts and foodie delights. Amid the spectacular backdrop of Vianden Castle, the event is a truly not to be missed! Web: www.castle-vianden.lu
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