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.
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.
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 Clervaux, Troisvierges, Ettelbruck 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 Clervaux, Troisvierges and Ettelbruck.
Wiltz can best be travelled by bike or car. When covering small distances, going by foot may be an option.
- 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.), ☏ .
- National Museum of Brewery and Leather works, 35 Rue du Château, L-9516 Wiltz, ☏ .
- Gallery and Cultural centre Prabbeli, 8 Rue de la Montange, Wiltz, ☏ .
- 2 Château de Wiltz, 35 Rue du Château, ☏ .
- Visit the Garden of Wiltz, ☏ , email@example.com. 24/7. The Garden of Wiltz is a living monument consisting of 2.5 ha of plants, sculptures and lakes.
- Wiltz Festival: . Theatre, opera, ballet and concerts of classical and modern music in open air, held by the Wiltz Castle. Late June to mid-July. (date needs fixing)
- Nuit des lampions (Night of Lanterns): . A music and arts festival in mid-September featuring lanterns of all kinds on display at night. (date needs fixing)
- Skydiving, ☏ .
- 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.
- 1 Restaurant Prabbeli, 8-10 rue Gruberbeerig, ☏ .
- 2 [dead link] Arancio Nero, 70 Rue de la Fontaine, ☏ .
- 1 Café de la poste Le Carré, 28 Montée des Écoles, ☏ .
- 1 [formerly dead link] Du Vieux Château, 1-3 Grand-Rue, Wiltz, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. €80.
- 2 Logis Hotel Aux Anciennes Tanneries, 42A Rue Jos Simon, Wiltz, ☏ .
- 3 [formerly dead link] Wellness Hotel Wiltz, 44 Rue Joseph Simon, L-9550 Wiltz, ☏ . €103.