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Clervaux and Vianden

Vianden Castle.

Vianden Castle.

Driving day; Monday

After we left our friends the Motski’s we headed in the direction of Luxembourg. This was to be the longest driving day of our trip with 260 kilometers to travel. The German motorways made our journey easy and we reached our destination of Pronsfeld at around five, after we stopped for lunch on the way and did some shopping. The aire was quiet costing 6 euros with 50 cents for power.

Clervaux and Vianden

In the morning we had a short drive and we were in Luxembourg, a place we have been to a few times but a first for us in the motorhome. The roads were very quiet with school holidays finished and it being a week day. The first thing we noticed was that the price of diesel was very cheap 94 euro cents the cheapest we have found since Andora.

 

The turn off to Luxembourg. If you look closely you can see the border sign.

The turn off to Luxembourg. If you look closely you can see the border sign.

Our first destination was Clervaux a pretty town in the north of Luxembourg where we found an easy free park, we were glad that it was not high season or the weekend. After the obligatory coffee and cake at a bakery we set off and wandered through the town visiting the church, the abbey at the top of the hill and the castle. A American tank in the castle yard was from the Second World War and was use to defend the castle. Sixteen years ago we visited the same site with our children and they climbed on top of the tank.

 

The church on the hill at Clervaux.

The church on the hill at Clervaux.

Bad luck we wont be there for the Donkey Festival.

Bad luck we wont be there for the Donkey Festival.

Jenny and Lori in the square in Clervaux.

Jenny and Lori in the square in Clervaux.

The castle at Clervaux.

The castle at Clervaux.

This is the tank that our children climbed on 16 years ago.

This is the tank that our children climbed on 16 years ago.

The tank was used to defend the castle. Now tourists pose in front of it, just like us !!

The tank was used to defend the castle. Now tourists pose in front of it, just like us !!

This naughty dog is pooping where he should be. By the look on his face he is having a hard time of it.

This naughty dog is pooping where he should be. By the look on his face he is having a hard time of it.

The Abbey at Clervaux. Quite a steep walk to get to it up the hill.

The Abbey at Clervaux. Quite a steep walk to get to it up the hill.

The photographic display in the basement of the Abbey.

The photographic display in the basement of the Abbey.

The church at Clervaux.

The church at Clervaux.

We headed to Vianden which is only about 35 kilometers south, stopping for lunch near a bridge which was on the border of Germany and Luxembourg.

Selfie at the border of Germany and France. Here is where we has lunch.

Selfie at the border of Germany and France. Here is where we has lunch.

In Vianden we drove up to the carpark next to the castle. This castle has a tradition for our family, it was my mother’s favourite castle as well as my daughter in law, Karen’s. It has been restored from a ruin and has a very interesting history. After exploring the castle we drove back down to the village where it was time for a beer and a stroll through town.

Vianden Castle.

Vianden Castle.

Lori at the entrance to the castle.

Lori at the entrance to the castle.

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The armory of the castle.

The armory of the castle.

Jenny and Lori at the chapel.

Jenny and Lori at the chapel.

Inside the castle they had some rooms set up as they would have been.

Inside the castle they had some rooms set up as they would have been.

The castle kitchen.

The castle kitchen.

This hotel is where my parents and Martin have stayed.

This hotel is where my parents and Martin have stayed.

 

Late in the afternoon we headed to Junklinster where we stopped at an aire for the night. A free place with all the usual services.

2 Responses so far.

  1. jhclutt67 says:

    Once again reading your blog with interest.

  2. Steve says:

    2 years ago I spent 3 months ticking off each wine district in France, and now I wish I had done a blog like yours.

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