View from Vianden Castle

Girl Vianden Scenery

Vianden Luxembourg Walkway

A picturesque town with an impressive castle? Get me there immediately. As soon as our trip to Luxembourg was booked, Vianden was on my radar and I couldn’t wait to explore!

How to Get There

Despite our first day in Luxembourg being the gloomiest of them all, we set off early with high spirits. As we were staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton which is slightly outside of Luxembourg City centre, we walked to the Dommeldange Station (rather than a station in the city centre) and hopped on the train to Ettelbruck which takes a quick 30 minutes.

On arrival at Ettelbruck station, there are three separate bus stops, so be sure to stand at the correct one (“routriere 2” if I remember correctly) before hopping off the bus at Vianden Bréck. There are a few bus stops  in Vianden but this one was in the perfect place to get off and explore!

RELATED: Train and bus travel is extraordinarily easy and efficient. If you’re looking for another day trip from Luxembourg City, I highly recommend a trip to the Moselle Valley!

What to Do 

Vianden is another area of Luxembourg where I would highly recommend using the Luxembourg Card! Not only was our transport to the town completely free, so were most of the attractions! If you plan your day in the same way we did, you’ll only end up paying for food and drinks during the day!

The Vianden Chairlift

Vianden Chairlift

View of Vianden Castle

It’s no secret that I am scared of heights, but I had been told by many reliable sources that the views from the chairlift were unrivalled and I will do anything for some good scenery (it’s all about that Instagram grid after all).

Sweaty palms and a fair amount of squealing later, we were off and it wasn’t that bad after all! My hands were steadily gripped to the safety bar, so my photo taking abilities were somewhat hindered but I did it!

The views definitely live up to the hype from both the chairlift itself and the viewing deck at the top!

RELATED: Do you push your fears while travelling? My fear of heights is always tested while travelling – it’s safe to say that dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower was an experience!

Woodland Walk to the Castle

Walk to Vianden Castle

The chairlift actually takes you above the height of the castle and therefore you need to walk downhill slightly to reach the castle’s entrance. Approximately 33% of Luxembourg’s land is covered by beautiful woodland and this walk is no exception!

It’s an easy downhill stroll, however it’s probably a good idea to wear sensible shoes to conquer the dirt path! But as it’s such a pretty walk, you won’t mind taking your time in unsuitable shoes! Catching glimpses of the castle getting closer through the trees is also exciting!

Vianden Castle

Vianden Castle Roleplay

Vianden Castle Couple

Undoubtedly, the castle is the main reason that most people visit Vianden! You are free to explore the castle at your own pace, so there is no reason to wait for a guided tour etc.

When entering the castle, we didn’t notice the audio tour headsets but they would have been helpful at some parts of the visit – predominantly the museum element where signs for items on display were in French.

The castle is absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth your time if you visit Luxembourg!

RELATED: I seem to find myself always visiting rural castles in Europe – have you read about my trip to Burg Eltz?

Take a Wander Around the Town

Vianden River Scenery

Vianden Sculpture

While the castle steals the limelight and is the reason most people visit Vianden, the rest of this little town is definitely worth your time too! Vianden is filled with picturesque little streets lined with gorgeous buildings and plenty of colourful flowers.

The houses in Luxembourg are unlike anywhere I have ever seen before. While many of the houses don’t depict a particularly modern style, you can tell that this is a very rich country and most of the houses are maintained to perfection.

Eat All the Gorgeous Food

Banana Nutella Crepe

As with most picture perfect towns, there are lots of cute little eateries lining the streets. We opted for a crepes – obviously!

The Things We Didn’t Get To Do

As with anywhere, there were a few bits that we didn’t get to do which may spark your interest:

  • Trinitarian Church – After searching TripAdvisor before our visit, a quick look inside this church was on my to-do list but we ended up accidentally walking straight past it – oops!
  • Adventure Park Tree Climber – If you’re from the UK, think “Go Ape” – this would be a great idea to keep the kids entertained after dragging them round the cultural sights! We definitely would have joined in if we were suitably dressed.
  • Maison de Victor Hugo – A small museum about the French novelist Victor Hugo, set in the house that he lived in for a short period in the 1870s.

Have you ever visited Vianden? Did you have a good time?

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ESCAPING ESSEX - Looking for a good day trip from Luxembourg City? Vianden is the place to be! With an impressive castle and gorgeous side streets, it is the perfect place to explore!

Now this is a blog post that I have had FAR too much fun researching. To the point where I had a dream that I won the lottery, rented a castle for a month and surprised my friends and family by flying them out on a weekly rota to come and live with me (I’ve since day-dreamed about this idea multiple times and have bought more lottery tickets than I care to admit).

So without further ado, here are 10 castles that you might be able to rent for cheaper than a hotel!

1) The Medieval Keep & The Pavillion (France)

The Medieval Keep InteriorThe Medieval Keep France Interior

  • Location: La Flocellière, Pays de la Loire, France
  • Bedrooms: 5 (Medieval Keep) & 6 (The Pavillion)
  • Sleeps: 10 (Medieval Keep) & 10 (The Pavillion)
  • Bathrooms: 3 (Medieval Keep) & 5 (The Pavillion)
  • Avg. price per night: £412 (Medieval Keep) & £366 (The Pavillion)
  • How to book: AirBnb (The Medieval Keep) and AirBnb (The Pavillion)

This is the particular castle that I dreamt about. I mean, does it get any better than this? There appear to be two properties on the grounds that you can rent (one being The Medieval Keep and the other being The Pavillion). A grand total of 20 people can therefore stay in the 2 properties for a combined £778 per night – an incredible £39 per person!

If the exterior wasn’t grand enough, I am absolutely in love with the curved painted blue ceiling in one of the bedrooms in the Medieval Keep!

Now I need to stop dreaming about eating croissants in the French sunshine and look up some more castles….

2) The Castle With a View… And A Pool (Italy)

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  • Location: Venturina Terme, Toscana, Italy
  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Avg. price per night: £1384
  • How to book: AirBnb

Slightly pricier than the first option but at £77 per person per night (providing you have 16 guests), it’s still cheaper than many hotels! This castle appears to be mainly used as a wedding venue and up to 90 guests can attend! Make sure you check out the photos on the AirBnB link, there’s some amazing views from this property! There’s an added bonus with this castle… a pool!

3) Château de Barnay (France)

Small Turret Castle FranceInterior Small Turret Castle France

  • Location: Saint Martin de Lixy, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Avg. price per night: £115
  • How to book: AirBnb

Okay, so you don’t have THAT many people that you want to enjoy your castle experience with (I felt slightly intimidated at the thought of 90 venue guests on the castle above!). Round up 7 of your nearest and dearest and head to South Burgundy to enjoy this little treat.

This castle has a much more modern interior which is great if old buildings can spook you out a bit (I am included in this category).

The stand out feature of this property HAS to be the price! You could pay £115 for a hotel room for one person, let alone a castle for 7 people! At an amazing £17 per person per night, I don’t know what’s stopping you!

4) La Serenella West Wing (Italy)

La Serenella ItalyLa Serenella Italy Interior

  • Location: San Pietro In Cariano, Veneto, Italy
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Avg. price per night: £458
  • How to book: AirBnb

Okay, so it might not technially be a castle, but it’s a pretty swanky villa and I feel like it has the credentials to be on this list.

I mean have you seen that interior? And the exterior? And the gardens? I feel like this property is Perfection (with a capital “P”). And if you really feel like splashing out, the owners can organise a private jet at an extra cost – now THAT is what you call fancy!

You might think that a property this big would in the middle of nowhere, but you couldn’t be more wrong! The villa is a 15 minute drive from Verona and 25 minutes from  Lake Garda, this sounds like the perfect Summer retreat! And all for £32 per person!

5) Bernstein Castle (Austria)

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  • Location: Bernstein im Burgenland, Burgenland, Austria
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Avg. price per night: £120
  • How to book: AirBnb

The ultimate romantic retreat. Who wouldn’t want to watch the sunset over the Austrian countryside with their (arguably) better half? Sign me up immediately! I found hotels very expensive when I stayed in Salzburg, so this whole castle for £60 per person is an incredible deal!

RELATED: Thinking about spending a lot of time in Austria? Salzburg is a 3 hour 45 minute drive away – you can read my top things to do in Salzburg here

6) Cumbrian Castle (England)

Cumbria Castle ExteriorCumbria Castle Interior

  • Location: Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
  • Bedrooms: 10 (whole castle) or 1 (Private Room)
  • Sleeps: 16 (whole castle) or 2 (Private Room)
  • Bathrooms: 8 (whole castle) or 1 (Private Room)
  • Avg. price per night: £6303 (whole castle) or £160 (Private Room)
  • How to book: AirBnb (whole castle) or AirBnB (Private Room)

Okay, this castle is expensive if you want to rent the whole thing (a whopping £394 per person per night), however there is a great alternative to just rent one room for £80 per person! Damn you England for being so expensive!

Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and an hour’s drive from The Lake District, this is the perfect setting to enjoy the countryside.

RELATED: I visited an English Castle recently! Read all about my time at Arundel Castle here

7) The Bright Pink Castle (Poland)Bright Pink Castle PolandPoland Castle Interior

  • Location: Warmatowice Sienkiewiczowskie, Dolnyslask, Poland
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5 
  • Avg. price per night: £229
  • How to book: AirBnb

Whilst it may not look like your stereotypical castle, this style building always reminds me of Eastern Europe and I absolutely love it – it’s bright pink for gods sake! Another bonus is that the AirBnB host can arrange for dinner to be cooked/served to you and your guests for an amazing 10 EUR per person! Result!

The castle is located 60km west of Wroclaw and is close to highway A4 connecting Germany with south Poland. Given the location, £24 per person is an absolute steal for this beauty!

8) The Uber Modern Castle (Croatia)

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  • Location: Grožnjan, Istarska županija, Croatia
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5 
  • Avg. price per night: £384
  • How to book: AirBnb

Now I’m not sure if I completely agree that this is a castle (yes, it has a big turret, but I think that’s about it), but it’s listed as a “castle”  on AirBnB, so the owners clearly want you to believe this notion! According to the listing, the property has been reconstructed from the 500 original ruins.

I couldn’t not include it because I feel in love with the property! Set on a hillside in Istria (Croatia), for the amazing price of £48 per person, you get a beautiful “castle” with an amazing pool looking out over Istria. And the interior is gorgeously modern!

9) The Iconic Building of The Island (Greece)

Windmill Castle GreeceWindmill Interior Castle Greece

  • Location: Alónnisos, Thessalia Sterea Ellada, Greece
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Avg. price per night: £142
  • How to book: AirBnb

This cute little fortification/windmill structure is located on the island of Milo in Greece. “Milo” means “windmill” in Greek, so this is the most iconic building on the island! A recent crowdfunding exercise has renovated the property to the gorgeousness that we see today! It’s an absolute steal at £24 per person!

This sentence on the listing makes me VERY excited – “We do recommend renting a scooter or a car (rental available at the island) so you can be free to follow your own schedule and reach the more remote places, where true natural beauty awaits to be discovered”.

10) Manorbier Castle (Wales)

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  • Location: Manorbier, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Avg. price per night: £600
  • How to book: AirBnb

Located on the Pembrokeshire Coastline, you can expect long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, picturesque villages and plenty of country pubs! You just need to pray that the UK weather holds out! This huge castle can be yours for just £50 per person!

11) Chateau Bouffereille (France)

French Castle DrivewayFrench Castle Interior Fireplace Bath

  • Location: Le Temple-sur-Lot, Aquitaine, France
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Avg. price per night: £773
  • How to book: AirBnb

It would be wrong not to finish on a French castle, because the French definitely excel in this area! I mean look at that entrance! And it could all be yours for £65 per person!

12) Bonus – UK Castles You Can rent A Room In!

Maybe you don’t need a whole castle to yourself, in which case Historic UK have a great list of all the castles in the UK that you can rent a room in!

The Boring Bit

It goes without saying that any listings shown on AirBnB are likely to fluctuate in prices throughout the year. I have used the average price shown at the date of writing this article (October 2016), however I imagine prices could be a bit steeper in Summer!

Please also note that AirBnB have various additional costs such as service charges and extra person surcharges. Please research the properties fully before making any bookings.

The “per person” cost also shown above is only applicable where the property is booked to it’s full capacity.

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Why Burg Eltz?

You may have noticed from my Instagram account that I recently took a trip to Cologne, Germany. I’d be lying if I said that the idea of this trip didn’t come about because of a castle… we all know how much I love castles!

Burg Eltz first came onto my radar through the amazing Jacob’s Instagram account. A few of my favourite shots of the castle taken by him are here, here and here.

After seeing those pictures, I made it my mission to convince my boyfriend that a trip to Cologne was necessary and I succeeded, mwahahaha!

How to Get to Burg Eltz 

After a very slow start to our second day in Cologne (apparently we walked a little bit too far the day beforehand and then struggled to get out of bed… after one day in stupid footwear, I already had blisters #rookie), we set off to the nearest train station in search of my beloved castle!

You can get the train from Köln Central Station, but we opted to begin our journey at Köln Süd which was only an 8 minute walk from our hotel and is on route (perfect!).

The journey from Köln Süd to Koblenz takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes, you’ll then be faced with a 20 to 30 minute wait at Koblenz station (snack time, duh) before jumping on a train to Moselkern for around 30 minutes.

I probably should have started this story by saying that this region of Germany was experiencing a freak heat-wave and it was 35 degrees for the majority of our journey. THIRTY-FIVE BLOODY DEGREES.

So I’m praising the lord (and I’m not even religious) that German trains have fab air-conditioning because our train to Koblenz was delayed by an hour!

After arriving in Moselkern an hour later than expected, and it being midday at this point (thus even hotter), the fun began!

Luckily, the 90 minute hike is very well sign-posted as big wooden arrows engraved with the words “Burg Eltz” line the path (just don’t worry as much as I did. I think I got a bit annoying constantly screeching “WE HAVEN’T SEEN A SIGN IN A WHILE” when the only option was to keep going forwards since the last sign… Soz Callum, castles and heat make me cray cray).

The hike starts in the town of Moselkern which is really charming, even the train station is a cute building. The walk from the town centre to the edge of the woods was the hardest part in the intense heat as there was zero shade.

Once you get to the woods, things get easier in the heat (although it does start getting steeper) and it gets pretty damn beautiful! My favourite spot was by the stream just before you start the uphill accent, we sat here for a while, escaping the direct sunlight and attempting (read: failing) to skim stones on the water.

Then BAMN, you catch sight of the castle and suddenly the hiking, the blisters and the potential sun stroke all feel worth it!

What To Do When You Get There

Well… We first decided to get drinks, sit in the cafe and sweat profusely for a while. After acclimatising, we headed straight into the main gift shop area to get our tickets into the castle (with much excitement).

You can’t always guarantee when the next English-speaking tour will be taking place. It appears that they only take place if there is enough interest for them, we were lucky that even though we arrived late, there were enough people wanting an English Tour.

The tour was informative and took us through some lovely parts of the inside of the castle (unfortunately, no photos are allowed). The castle remains in it’s natural state, it hasn’t ever been destroyed and the same family have always owned the castle – perfect!

The only downside is that the tour is a bit short, I would have loved to see a bit more inside the castle!

Afterwards, we took our time exploring the grounds and capturing some photos – the location and castle couldn’t be more picture perfect.

And then it was time for the journey home! The 90 minute hike in slightly cooler temperatures and going downhill was much easier and luckily there were no train delays.

All in all, through the sweat and blisters, it was actually a really perfect day. I finally got to visit the castle of my Instagram dreams!

Have you ever visited? Do you recommend any other “off-the-beaten track” castles?

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I bloody love castles. If I had to pick my perfect day out in the UK, it would revolve around visiting a castle and eating a good pub lunch.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I convinced my boyfriend that we needed a little day trip. We whittled our options down to Arundel Castle, Windsor Castle or visiting a relatively close tourist city like Cambridge or Oxford.

Arundel was the winner and it was a really lovely day – even with the rain!

What’s Inside the Castle?


The castle itself is huge. There are a few different ticket options available, which can be viewed here. We opted for the gold ticket which meant we could see the gardens, ground, Fitzalan chapel, Castle keep, main castle rooms, shop, restaurant and cafe.

The Gold Plus ticket would have also allowed us to see the castle bedrooms, but we were only in Arundel for a quick day trip (it’s a 2 hour journey from where we live) and we wanted time to see what the rest of Arundel has to offer.

The grounds are absolutely stunning, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day. The inside of the castle is interesting, varied and beautiful (my favourite information board was about Empress Matilda – she sounds like an absolute sassy babe!).

What Else Can You Do In Arundel?

Arundel is picture perfect. The drive into Arundel is beautiful. The main road into the town is surrounded by lush greenery with a great view of the castle and cathedral.

Once you’ve spent enough time in the castle (although I don’t think there’s ever enough time, I could happily stroll around a castle for hours), I’d definitely recommend taking time to visit Arundel Cathederal. It’s a short walk away and is a really beautiful Roman Catholic building.

Arundel is also filled with adorable streets and shops. We spent some time exploring the cute little independent shops, there’s definitely something for everyone – especially if you like fudge!

We didn’t have any time to explore Arundel further, but apparently there are some other really great things to do in Arundel including:

What’s In The Surrounding Areas?

We originally tried to book an overnight stay in Arundel so that we could do 2 days of exploring and break up the 2 hour drive each way. However, we planned everything a little bit too late and couldn’t get any decently priced hotels – woe is us!

If we had a second day, we had a few ideas for things to do outside of Arundel including exploring South Downs National Park which is filled with fun activities such as gliding, hot air balloon rides, cycling, walking, Geocaching and horseriding.

The main thing that made me want to visit South Downs so much is that, it is the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) meaning stargazing is incredible. I want to be wrapped up warm in blankets, sitting under the stars enjoying the sights please! We obviously didn’t get to do this because of time restrictions but I’m dying to go back and experience it!

By way of larger cities, Brighton is a 40 minute drive from the castle, Worthing is 18 minutes, Chichester is 20 minutes and finally you can reach Bognor Regis in 22 minutes.

I’m looking for more castles to discover in England, where would you recommend?!

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