Feudal Castle of La Roche-en-Ardenne
Rue du Vieux Château 4
6980 LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE
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Overlooking the town and the river Ourthe, this 9th century castle makes La Roche "The pearl of the Ardennes" and the province of Luxembourg.
Perched on the Deister rocky spur, this site has been a Neolithic residence, a Roman settlement and the home of the Frankish Kings.
Despite the major changes undergone by the castle (excavations have brought new halls as well as 15th-century remains to the surface), the current ruins with their towers, arrow slits and oubliettes have retained the feel of feudal times.
The castle hosts many activities and events, to the delight of the town's inhabitants and visitors alike. You can witness a falconry show or take part in the Grand Weekend Historique du XVIIe siècle (Large 17th century weekend).
You could even shiver every night of the summer, when the ghost of Berthe, the Lord of the Manor's daughter, appears. According to the legend, she was killed on her wedding night by her rival, Countess Alix de Salm.
Closed in case of snow and/or ice. Also closed 25/12, 01/01 and for La Roche Carnival (in March).
Groups (minimum 15 people): adults €4.50 and children €2.50
Guided tours for groups must be booked in advance and can be done in French, Dutch and English.
€30 maximum 20 people.
In July and August, everyday at 11:30am, 2pm and 4pm.
The Ghost of Berthe show
In July and August, at 10pm (cancelled if weather is bad).
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