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Hotels of Vianden

A hotel in Vianden is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Vianden hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Vianden are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Vianden hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Vianden hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Vianden have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Vianden
An upscale full service hotel facility in Vianden that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Vianden hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Vianden
Full service Vianden hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Vianden
Boutique hotels of Vianden are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Vianden boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Vianden may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Vianden
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Vianden travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Vianden focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Vianden
Small to medium-sized Vianden hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Vianden traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Vianden hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Vianden
A bed and breakfast in Vianden is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Vianden bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Vianden B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Vianden
Vianden hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Vianden hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Vianden
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Vianden hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Vianden lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Vianden
Vianden timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Vianden often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Vianden on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Vianden
A Vianden motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Vianden for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Vianden motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Vianden from above
Vianden from above
Coat of arms of Vianden
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Vianden highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Vianden highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Coordinates:  / 49.933611; 6.2075  / 49.933611; 6.2075
Country Luxembourg
Canton Vianden
• Mayor Marc Schaefer
• Total 9.67 km (3.73 sq mi)
Area rank 99 of 105
Highest elevation 515 m (1,690 ft)
• Rank 15th of 105
Lowest elevation 198 m (650 ft)
• Rank 25th of 105
Population (2014)
• Total 1,864
• Rank 71st of 105
• Density 190/km (500/sq mi)
• Density rank 34th of 105
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00004003
Website vianden.lu

Vianden (Luxembourgish: Veianen) is a commune with town status in the Oesling, north-eastern Luxembourg, with over 1,800 inhabitants. It is the capital of the canton of Vianden, which is part of the district of Diekirch. Vianden lies on the Our river, near the border between Luxembourg and Germany.

As of 2013, the town of Vianden, which lies in the east of the commune, has a population of 1,811. It is known for its impressive castle and beautiful location in the Our valley.

Vianden: History

County of Vianden
Grafschaft Vianden
State of the Holy Roman Empire
4th century–1414
Capital Vianden
Government Principality
Count See list
Historical era Middle Ages
Established 4th century
Passed to Sponheim 1414
Succeeded by
County of Sponheim County of Sponheim

The origins of Vianden date back to the Gallo-Roman age when there was a castellum on the site of the present castle. The original name of Vianden was Viennensis. The first historical reference to Vianden was in 698 when there is a record of a gift in the form of a vineyard in Monte Viennense made by Saint Irmina to the Abbey of Echternach. Vianden possesses one of the oldest charters in Europe, granted in 1308 by Philip II, count of Vianden, from whom the family of Nassau-Vianden sprang, and who was consequently the ancestor of William of Orange.

In the Middle Ages, Vianden's craftsmen were recognised for their skills as tanners, drapers, weavers, barrelmakers, masons, locksmiths and goldsmiths. In 1490, they created guilds for their various trades. Over the years leathermaking became the major industry with the establishment of two tanneries at the end of the 19th century which finally closed in the mid-1950s.

Vianden Castle

The castle was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and became the seat of the counts of Vianden. It was further developed until the 18th century but with the departure of the Counts of Luxembourg to the Netherlands combined with the effects of fire and an earthquake, it slowly deteriorated. The final blow came in 1820 when William I of the Netherlands sold it to a local merchant who in turn sold off its contents and masonry piecemeal, reducing it to a ruin. There were several attempts at restoration but these were hampered by problems of ownership. Victor Hugo lived in the castle for three months in 1871. Not until 1977, when Grand Duke Jean ceded the castle to the State, was it possible to undertake large-scale work, most of which has now been completed.

Vianden is also remembered as the last place in Luxembourg to be freed from the Germans in World War II in February 1945 when the Americans completed Luxembourg's liberation.(See also the Battle of Vianden). A memorial to the west of the town, overlooking the castle, commemorates this final battle.

The first Boeing 747-8F built, RC501, is named "City of Vianden" and is operated by Cargolux Airlines.

Vianden: Geography

Vianden is a 47 kilometres (29 miles) drive from Luxembourg town. It can also be reached by bus from Diekirch or Clervaux which have rail connections to the city of Luxembourg. There are also buses to Bitburg in Germany. Many visitors arrive by bicycle taking the signposted cycle tracks from the south along the Our valley.

Vianden: Climate

Like the city of Luxembourg, Vianden (altitude ca. 200 m) has a temperate climate with warm summers (average day temperature around 24°C, on occasion as high as 35 °C) and chilly winters (daytime average 5 °C but sometimes as low as −15 °C at night). Rainfall is moderate, but on average it rains less than 10 days per month. The prevailing wind is south-westerly. The summer evenings are particularly pleasant, often with temperatures of around 25 °C until 11 pm. Very occasionally there are short periods of drought but the vegetation seldom loses its rich green for very long.

Daylight extends from about 5 am to 10.30 pm in June and from 8 am to 4.30 pm in December.

In the summer, temperatures can be quite warm and in the case that the preceding winter is particularly mild, there is a higher chance that insect populations will over-reproduce. During these summers, fruit fly and mosquito populations increase significantly becoming a nuisance for residents and tourists.

Vianden: Economy

The scenic atmosphere and various local attractions have made Vianden a popular tourist destination in Luxembourg with many tens of thousands of visitors every year, especially from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. With its 14 hotels, four campsites and youth hostel, there is a wide selection of accommodation. In addition, Vianden benefits from the large numbers of day-trippers who take advantage of its restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops and sports facilities. The economy is however not without problems. While the hydro-electric pumping plant continues directly and indirectly to provide employment for the local population, the closure of the Electrolux plant a couple of years ago has resulted in a considerable loss of jobs. The commune is now planning to encourage the establishment of skilled craft industries in the area by making land available for development.

Vianden: Attractions

View of the town from the chairlift

Vianden is one of Luxembourg's main tourist centres with large numbers of holidaymakers and local visitors at all times of the year. In particular, the recently restored castle set spectactularly on the rocks above the town has become a museum which traces its history and its links with the royal families of Europe back to the Middle Ages. Then there are links with Victor Hugo who visited Luxembourg in 1862 and 1865 and spent a longer period in Vianden in 1871. His sketches and letters can be seen in the museum located in the house where he stayed next to the bridge over the Our. There is also a museum of arts and crafts (Musée d'Art rustique) and a doll and toy museum (Musée de la Poupée et du Jouet).

But many people just visit Vianden to wander through its hilly, historic streets or as a centre for walking, camping or cycling in the north of Luxembourg. There is a pleasant cycle route up the Sauer and Our valleys to Vianden and there are many signposted walks in the area.

During the summer months, a chairlift operates from the banks of the river in the lower part of the town taking you high above the castle with magnificent views over the landscape.

Vianden also has a number of annual events and celebrations. The most famous of these is the nut market in October when the local walnuts are on sale together with walnut cakes, walnut confectionery, walnut brandy and walnut liqueurs.

Finally, there is an interesting attraction a few kilometers to the north of Vianden, the Vianden Pumped Storage Plant, which provides pumped-storage hydroelectricity storage and generation systems to benefit from the surplus electric power at night, and provide extra energy during peak hours.

Vianden: Historic monuments

In addition to the castle, Vianden has a number of interesting historic monuments.

  • The Hockelstur or belltower (1603) on a rock close to the castle was originally part of the fortifications.
  • The ramparts which have been partly restored.
  • The Church of the Trinitarians (1248) built in the Gothic style with two parallel naves and the adjacent cloister. It was built by Count Henry I in thanks to the Trinitarians who arranged for the release of his father, Count Frederic II, who had been captured during a crusade.
  • The Cross of Justice close to the Church of the Trinitarians recalling the chartering of Vianden by Philip II in 1308.
  • The towered castle houses built for the nobility including the City Hall (1579) and the house where the pharmacy is now situated (1475).
  • The Church of St Nicholas (13th century) partly destroyed by fire in 1723 and rebuilt the following year.

Vianden: Coat of arms

The arms of Vianden (see top right-hand box) have not changed since 1288 when Godefroid I adopted the arms of Louvain-Perwez. The city was granted the right to use the same arms sometime during the 14th century. The arms were registered in the armorial général de France in 1696 by order of the King of France.

Vianden: Famous people

Vianden's Victor Hugo Museum

Many royal families and heads of state have associations with Vianden or have at least visited it. However, several other figures are worthy of note:

  • Yolande or Yolanda of Vianden, (1231–83), youngest daughter of Count Henry I, who joined the Convent of Marienthal against the wishes of her parents when she was very young and later became its devout prioress now a legend in Luxembourg's history.
  • Victor Hugo (1802–85), the famous French author, who stayed in Vianden on several occasions between 1862 and 1871, recording its beauty and setting in prose, poetry and sketches. Hugo did much to promote the attractions of Vianden to the outside world.
  • Edmond de la Fontaine (1823–91) otherwise known as Dicks, Luxembourg's national poet, who also wrote Vianden's first travel guide.
  • René Engelmann (1880–1915), a linguist and novelist, who established the basic grammar of the Luxembourgish dialect, later to become a national language.

Vianden: International relations

Vianden: Twin towns – Sister cities

Vianden is twinned with:

  • France Compiègne, France

Vianden: References

  1. Jean Milmeister quoting Edmond de la Fontaine in Vianden, Cité médiévale, ISBN 3-88957-036-4
  2. Genealogy of the House Orange-Nassau; retrieved 12 January 2007
  3. BBC.co.uk
  4. Artisant et Commerce in Déclaration du collège échevinal pour la période législative 2005-2011, Commune de Vianden. Retrieved 15 January 2007
  5. Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch, Armorial Communal du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Luxembourg 1989; pp248 and 249. ISBN 2-87969-000-5.
  6. Iölanda, anonymous poem in English based on the life of the countess. Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. D'Land Luxembourg. Retrieved 15 January 2007
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  • Vianden Castle
  • Vianden and surroundings from Google Maps
  • Official Vianden Commune site (in French)
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