|Photo: Nikilux / Wikimedia Commons|
The first château de Schengen was built in 1390 in close vicinity to the Moselle river. Built as a fortified moated castle, the château survived in its original shape for a little more than 400 years. After a number of changes in ownership, industrialist Charles Joseph Collart bought the castle in 1793. Starting in 1812, his son Jean-Nicolas had most of the castle demolished to rebuild it as a residential manor house. Only one of the towers of the original castle remains to this day. However, Jean-Nicolas Collart had much of the material of the old castle used again in the new construction. Said medieval tower was put on the list of Luxembourgish national monuments in 1986.
|Sketch by Victor Hugo|
Since April 2010, the castle has been rented out by the nuns and housed a hotel. Prior to the opening of the hotel, the castle was extensively renovated. However, the Congrégation des Sœurs de Ste-Elisabeth needs money now and thus has thus decided not to extend the lease contract. The hotel will thus close at the end of August.
If you have a few thousand or million bucks lying around - the prince is only on request - I suppose you can buy the castle; if not, just admire the views of this "1ha29 property including five buildings: the Castle, its annex, a further extension, the Marcus house and the Victor Hugo tower for a total of 5.100m² built area. The hotel part has 36 rooms of various sizes, 11 conference rooms (20 to 100 people), various reception rooms, a large terrace, and a restaurant offering Luxembourgish specialties: all overlooking a large baroque garden, within a park on the Moselle river and its vine-yards. In addition to this renovated part, an additional 29 rooms can be further developped."