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Wiltz is a town in the Luxembourgian Ardennes. It is located on the banks of the river Wiltz, and was a battleground during the Battle of the Bulge.

Understand

One of the many attractions of Wiltz is its castle, Wiltz Castle. This castle concludes of 2.4km2 (600 acres) of lawns and gardens and hundreds of rooms. The construction of the Wiltz Castle was completed in 1727 and was used until the last Count of Wiltz died in 1793. From 1851 to 1950 it was used as a private girls school, becoming a retirement home after 1950.

The welfare and industrialisation of Wiltz boomed in the late 19th and early 20th century due to the leather industry.

During World War II, which started on the 10th of May, 1940, Wiltz became the city that stood up against the Nazi Germans by starting the general strike, a reaction to the directive of enlisting young Luxembourgers into the Wehrmacht. This general strike of 1942 paralysed the country and led to violent responses from the Nazi German occupiers. The town also was involved, though not directly in the Battle of the Bulge.

Get in

By car

Wiltz can be reached directly from both the north and south (including Luxembourg City) by using the Route national 12, which goes through the town's centre. When coming from Belgium, Travel to Bastenaken using the A26/E25 and turn onto the N84, which will get you to the Luxembourgian border, where it will change into the Route national 15. Follow this route until it merges with the Route national 12. Where these roads intersect, take a left in the direction of Wiltz. This road will get you straight to Wiltz.

By public transit

1 Wiltz Station is located on railway 1b, a branch of railway 1 between Gouvy (Belgium) and Luxembourg City, which runs via ClervauxTroisviergesEttelbruck and Mersch. All rail travel to Wiltz will have to switch to line 1b at Kautenbach. Bus services connect the town to Bastogne (Belgium) and Esch-sur-Sûre as well as the aforementioned ClervauxTroisvierges and Ettelbruck.

Get around

Wiltz can best be travelled by bike or car. When covering small distances, going by foot may be an option.

See

  • 1 Museum of the Ardennes Offensive, 8 Rue du Château, Wiltz (Get yourself onto the N12. Near the hospital there's a sharp turn in the road, here you turn onto the Grand-Rue, which will lead you directly to the castle, where the museum is located.), ☏ +352 95 74 44. (updated Jun 2017)
  • National Museum of Brewery and Leather works, 35 Rue du Château, L-9516 Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 74 44. (updated Aug 2016)
  • Gallery and Cultural centre Prabbeli, 8 Rue de la Montange, Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 92 05-1. (updated Aug 2016)
  • 2 Château de Wiltz, 35 Rue du Château, ☏ +352 95 74 44. (updated Jun 2017)

Do

  • Visit the Garden of Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 74 44, ✉ info@touristinfowiltz.lu. 24/7. The Garden of Wiltz is a living monument consisting of 2.5 ha of plants, sculptures and lakes. (updated Jun 2017)
  • Wiltz Festival: 27 June – 15 July 2020. Theatre, opera, ballet and concerts of both classic and modern music in open air, held by the Wiltz Castle. (date needs updating)
  • Nuit des lampions (Night of Lanterns): 21 September 2019. A music and arts festival featuring lanterns of all kinds on display at night. (date needs updating)
  • Skydiving, ☏ +352 661 551 540. (updated Aug 2016)
  • Hiking Wiltz has many routes for hikers, many passing by the Wiltz Castle.
  • Cycling The steep terrain makes for difficult climbs, but nothing beats cycling in the Ardennes.

Buy

Eat

  • 1 Restaurant Prabbeli, 8-10 rue Gruberbeerig, ☏ +352 95 92 05 52. (updated Jun 2017)
  • 2 Arancio Nero, 70 Rue de la Fontaine, ☏ +352 26 95 41 40. (updated Jun 2017)

Drink

  • 1 Café de la poste Le Carré, 28 Montée des Écoles, ☏ +352 26 95 04 25. (updated Jun 2017)

Sleep

  • 1 Du Vieux Château, 1-3 Grand-Rue, Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 80 18, ✉ vchateau@pt.lu. €80. (updated Jun 2017)
  • 2 Logis Hotel Aux Anciennes Tanneries, 42A Rue Jos Simon, Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 75 99. (updated Jun 2017)
  • 3 Wellness Hotel Wiltz, 44 Rue Joseph Simon, L-9550 Wiltz, ☏ +352 95 75 99. €103. (updated Jun 2017)

Connect

  • Wiltz Tourist Information, 35 Rue du Château (inside the castle), ☏ +352 95 74 44, ✉ info@touristinfowiltz.lu. (updated Jun 2017)

Go next

Explore the rest of the Luxembourgian Ardennes by visiting ClervauxDiekirch, Esch-sur-Sûre, Ettelbruck or Vianden.

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