It has been a couple of months since we last saw Grand Duke Jean out and about, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him meeting with René Steichen, president of Les amis du château de Vianden and the organisation's secretary, Paul Hoffmann yesterday. During their get-together, the three gentlemen talked about the pending application of the city and the stunning Château de Vianden to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A picture of the audience can be found over on the website of the cour.
The château has quite a rich history: the first parts were build in the 10th century with romanesque, gotic and renaissance parts added later on. It played a major role during the Battle of Vianden in 1944 when 30 members of the Luxembourgish resistance managed to defend the city against 250 men strong force of the Waffen-SS. Heavily destroyed during the Second World War, the château belonged to the grand ducal family until 1977 when Grand Duke Jean sold it to the state. Since then it has been restored and is now open to visitors.
Source: CGD, Moi