Bourglinster is a picturesque little village you must see, surrounded by forests and a beautiful castle. Feel its magic!

Don’t let its small size fool you. It is a well-known fact that Luxembourg has plenty of beautiful spots to visit within its tiny borders. With its exciting museums, beautiful parks and mesmerising forests, the Grand Duchy offers a wide variety of pastimes for everyone to enjoy during these hot summer days. But one destination is particularly magical, although perhaps not as stimulating and over-the-edge as other activities out there.

Bourglinster is a small and extremely picturesque town near Junglinster and is located at an altitude between 301m and 411m. It takes about 20 minutes to get there by bus from Luxembourg City (Badanstalt). Walking through it feels like walking through an Animal Crossing village, with barely a few non-residential buildings around a small town square. These buildings include a closed tea house, a recently renovated bistro, a massage and yoga studio and a youth hostel, which is a rather random infrastructural set but a very delightful one. Maybe you won’t get much action in here but you will be surprised by just how much Bourglinster will capture your heart with its quirky, charming, fairytale atmosphere. But the town hall is not all you can find there!

Château de Bourglinster

The main attraction of Bourglinster is its beautiful castle built in the 13th century by the Linster dynasty, around an already exisiting old roman chapel, suspected to initially exist as part of a larger fortress. It was acquired by the state in 1968 and was in restoration until 1988.

In 1990, two gastronomic restaurants opened at the Château itself - “La Distellerie” and “La Brasserie Côté Cour”. Since then they are the town’s main attraction, bringing gourmands from all over the country, as well as from abroad to taste intriguing high-end dishes in a surprising and delectable manner. In fact, in 2020  “La Distellerie” was awarded the best vegetable restaurant in the world by “We’re Smart Green Guide”. For those who have had the pleasure to taste the inventive palatable dishes of René Mathieu (the restaurant's chef, proclaimed the very pioneer of natural, seasonal cuisine) this comes as no surprise, but for those who hear about these gastronomical curiosities for the first time, you can find out more information here. To reserve a table or get a gift voucher, please visit this website.

But wonderful restaurants are not the only worth while aspect of the Château de Bourglinster. From late 90s there are many artistic and historical exhibitions taking place on the second floor of the castle, which started being organised with an aim to represent the local young talent. In addition, the castle offers residency for artists within a program organised by the Ministry of Culture. The residency includes a private room, a monetary grant, and further expenses for necessary materials. You can find out more about the program here.

Last but not least, the castle serves as a great spot for conferences, receptions and banquets. There are a few historical rooms available at different prices, as well as equipment and catering. The prices vary depending on the type of event and its duration. Find out more here.

Buchholz forest

If Bourglinster’s main attraction is the castle, the surrounding Buchholz forest definitely comes right after. Even for Luxembourg where show-stopping nature can be found in many locations, there is something about this specific area that appears to be just a little extra special. It’s hard to describe but once you’ll see it for yourself you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Château de Bourglinster is located quite literally in the middle of the forest, just like the rest of the village. You can actually take a look at it from “Scheifrei” viewpoint, which offers a full panorama of the castle. In fact, all the buildings are situated in the centre of this little town, embraced by elevated forest areas from every corner, making you feel completely encircled by nature. No matter where you’re standing, wherever you look there’s trees, cliffs and more trees.

As you wander around the castle on one of many hiking trails, you quickly realise that every part of this forest has a little treat to offer. It is filled with excellent viewpoints and countless benches to take landscapes in, which quite honestly are breathtaking. Because the village itself is situated at a lower altitude than the surrounding forest, as you walk through it you can observe this scenic town from every angle.

I would recommend to just walk into the forest and explore it, let yourself be guided by your intuition and take in fully the refreshing scents and beautiful light peeking through the trees. However, if you are more of an organised hiker, here are a few maps to follow.

Millebières

The restaurant “Millebières” is the fairly recently renovated bistro that offers craft beers, seasonal menu and great vibes.

It is located in the very centre of Bourglinster, right next to the youth hostel and the parking area. It is also very close to the castle, situated right next to the entrance leading up to it. In short, sitting at the terrace of “Millebières” offers you wonderful views as you sit and take in the village’s idle aura.

The staff is welcoming, very polite and very well informed on their menu - food and drinks alike. The food menu changes every week and is posted on the restaurant's Facebook page. Their range covers burgers, soups, burritos, meats, snacks and deserts and includes vegetarian and vegan options. Do consult their week menu ahead to see if dishes meet your liking.

As its name indicates, the restaurant offers a wide variety of craft beers as well. But that’s not all you can find there in terms of beverages. For those of you who dislike beer, there are plenty of delicious cocktails to chose from, as well as non-alcoholic beverages for all the healthy queens, skinny legends and designated drivers.

“Millebières” also organises concerts and events in its cool and friendly establishment, so make sure to follow their Facebook page and keep your eyes open for the upcoming happenings!