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Renaissance chateau and castle ruins in Beaufort, Luxembourg

The medieval castle of Beaufort was built in 4 different stages between 1050 and 1650; from the second half of the 18th century it was uninhabited and often used as a quarry for the town

The medieval castle of Beaufort was built in 4 different stages between 1050 and 1650; from the second half of the 18th century it was uninhabited and often used as a quarry for the town

The Renaissance Castle can only be seen by guided tour; my tour was in Dutch and German although I got the idea because I had read about the castle in my guide book

The Renaissance Castle can only be seen by guided tour; my tour was in Dutch and German although I got the idea because I had read about the castle in my guide book

The exterior walls of the castle remain largely intact; a brochure guides visitors around the castle explaining what functions the different rooms had but you really have to use your imagination

The exterior walls of the castle remain largely intact; a brochure guides visitors around the castle explaining what functions the different rooms had but you really have to use your imagination

Beaufort's Renaissance Castle remains virtually unchanged from when it was built 360 years ago; it was built by a prominent military figure

Beaufort's Renaissance Castle remains virtually unchanged from when it was built 360 years ago; it was built by a prominent military figure

Huge crowd enjoying Rock Classics at Beaufort Castle; what a great venue for a concert!

Huge crowd enjoying Rock Classics at Beaufort Castle; what a great venue for a concert!

This model shows how impressive the castle was in its heyday; you don't get that same feeling walking through the ruins that remain today

This model shows how impressive the castle was in its heyday; you don't get that same feeling walking through the ruins that remain today

The 14th century gate house is now a torture chamber; I think the room was mainly for kids since there was little in the castle complex to interest children

The 14th century gate house is now a torture chamber; I think the room was mainly for kids since there was little in the castle complex to interest children

The castle's homemade black currant liqueur is renowned and a free sample was included with the tour although I skipped it; the black currants are grown locally

The castle's homemade black currant liqueur is renowned and a free sample was included with the tour although I skipped it; the black currants are grown locally

1890 carriage pulled by one horse with a coachman; it was built for the grandparents of Mrs. Linckets (the last governess)

1890 carriage pulled by one horse with a coachman; it was built for the grandparents of Mrs. Linckets (the last governess)

The ivy-covered building is the distillery which operated from 1875 to the 1960s; there was also a factory for making tin

The ivy-covered building is the distillery which operated from 1875 to the 1960s; there was also a factory for making tin

The dining room was renovated in 1909 by combining two rooms; a neo-Renaissance fireplace and family portraits adorn the room

The dining room was renovated in 1909 by combining two rooms; a neo-Renaissance fireplace and family portraits adorn the room

Anne-Marie Linckels lived in the castle until her death; she actively managed the castle well into her 90s and the castle is presented as she left it

Anne-Marie Linckels lived in the castle until her death; she actively managed the castle well into her 90s and the castle is presented as she left it

The capstone at the top of the entrance to the Renaissance Castle shows the date it was built - 1649; imagine living here with World War 2 raging nearby

The capstone at the top of the entrance to the Renaissance Castle shows the date it was built - 1649; imagine living here with World War 2 raging nearby

This wing is the oldest part of the castle containing the well and the upper rooms as well as the lower part of the main tower

This wing is the oldest part of the castle containing the well and the upper rooms as well as the lower part of the main tower

Sled carriage; Beaufort is a small town of 1800 in eastern Luxembourg on the border of the Little Switzerland region

Sled carriage; Beaufort is a small town of 1800 in eastern Luxembourg on the border of the Little Switzerland region

The old castle is connected to the Renaissance Castle by this bridge; I can see the pros and cons of leaving the castle in ruins versus rebuilding it

The old castle is connected to the Renaissance Castle by this bridge; I can see the pros and cons of leaving the castle in ruins versus rebuilding it

Luxembourg's national motto translates as -we want to remain what we are; considering their turbulent history that makes perfect sense

Luxembourg's national motto translates as -we want to remain what we are; considering their turbulent history that makes perfect sense

In 1928 a new owner removed the vegetation covering the ruins and cleared out 300 years of neglect; the castle was then opened to the public in 1932

In 1928 a new owner removed the vegetation covering the ruins and cleared out 300 years of neglect; the castle was then opened to the public in 1932

This was originally an altar before being purchased for the castle; most of the furniture is from the 18th and 19th centuries

This was originally an altar before being purchased for the castle; most of the furniture is from the 18th and 19th centuries

The castles were originally surrounded by a moat; the location of the castles seems like a poor choice since there are so many spots in the country that would be easier to defend

The castles were originally surrounded by a moat; the location of the castles seems like a poor choice since there are so many spots in the country that would be easier to defend

The Renaissance Castle was occupied as a private residence until 2012 when the last governess of the castle died at the age of 97

The Renaissance Castle was occupied as a private residence until 2012 when the last governess of the castle died at the age of 97

This terrace was added in 1910; a vegetable and rose garden are here although the roses were in sorry shape

This terrace was added in 1910; a vegetable and rose garden are here although the roses were in sorry shape

The prime minister of Luxembourg was previously mayor of Luxembourg City; Xavier Bettel is only 45 and 1 of 3 openly gay leaders in the world (Ireland and Serbia are the others)

The prime minister of Luxembourg was previously mayor of Luxembourg City; Xavier Bettel is only 45 and 1 of 3 openly gay leaders in the world (Ireland and Serbia are the others)

1920 sporting carriage; the castle is unusual in that it lies in a small hollow with the town on a ridge 100 meters away

1920 sporting carriage; the castle is unusual in that it lies in a small hollow with the town on a ridge 100 meters away

Beaufort Castle was the first castle opened to the public in the Grand Duchy; the owner was the president of the national tourist office from 1932 to 1940

Beaufort Castle was the first castle opened to the public in the Grand Duchy; the owner was the president of the national tourist office from 1932 to 1940

The small country of Luxembourg has more than 100 castles with Beaufort being the third oldest!; some are now privately owned while others are public buildings

The small country of Luxembourg has more than 100 castles with Beaufort being the third oldest!; some are now privately owned while others are public buildings

Before becoming a banking center, Luxembourg's wealth came from steel; by far the world's largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, is based in Luxembourg

Before becoming a banking center, Luxembourg's wealth came from steel; by far the world's largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, is based in Luxembourg

I don't think I'd make a special trip to see Beaufort Castle but since it's in an area with lots of attractions it wasn't out of the way

I don't think I'd make a special trip to see Beaufort Castle but since it's in an area with lots of attractions it wasn't out of the way

The current castle entrance is located in a remnant of the lower bailey's curtain wall extended in the first half of the 15th century

The current castle entrance is located in a remnant of the lower bailey's curtain wall extended in the first half of the 15th century

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