- Architectural heritage
Overlooking the city and the Ourthe river, at the very heart of nature, this IXth century castle makes La Roche the gem of the Ardenne and the Luxembourg province. A wonderful journey to medieval times awaits...
Lords and knights
Built on the ruins of a Roman fortified camp, the first chateau was constructed here in the 9th century and for the next five hundred years, curtain walls, towers and bastions were added by successive local rulers as the strategic location on the River Ourthe became more vital for defence against invading armies.
Louis XIV employed a student of Vauban to add the finishing touches in the early 18th century but the chateau was largely demolished in the late 18th century on the orders of the Hapsburgs.
Massive allied bombing raids in 1944 added to its destruction, but today, the ruins with sweeping views over the wooded valley of the Ourthe and the pretty little town of La Roche-en-Ardenne are still a fine example of the changing styles of military architecture spanning more than 600 years.
Activities along the seasons
The castle organises a wide range of events and activities, such as falconry demonstrations to the delight of visitors and locals alike.
During the summer months, you can get see the ghost of Berthe de La Roche (the lord's daughter) appear. It is rumoured that on certain nights the beautiful Countess Berthe de La Roche, who jumped to her death after being tricked into marrying her love rival, can be seen wandering the ruins of the castle...
Visitors with specific needs
Access is difficult for visitors with reduced mobility and non accessible to wheelchairs and the likes.
July-August: 10 am to 6 pm
April-June, September-October: 11 am to 5 pm
November 07 to March 29: weekdays 1 to 4 pm, weekends and Christmas/Carnival/Easter holidays 11 am to 4.30 pm.
Opening times can be adapted to groups as long as the booking is done in advance.
Closed when there is snow or icy weather as well as December 25, January 01 and the weekend of the La Roche Carnival (March 30-31)
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking
- Cycle rack