Located in the picturesque Mosel river valley, Château de Wintrange is the historic monument of the village of Wintrange.
Named as one of the most beautiful privately owned castles in the Luxembourg region in Hémecht, Château de Wintrange carries a long history of Nobles and Lords and simple people who were lucky enough to be the temporary guardians of this Renaissance gem.
Built in 1610 by Alexandre de Musset, Sire of Foetz, it has changed family ownership 18 times.
Photo: Château de Wintrange front courtyard with the blooming magnolia tree.
The village name “Wintrange” was first documented in writings in 987 AD, although the area has been inhabited for several millennia. The Romans were the first to cultivate vineyards in the fertile soil of the Mosel Valley. Remains of Roman villas have been excavated in the area.
The castle was built with its own well system, waterways, a walled park and own vineyards. The surrounding property was much larger in the 1600s than today, then being tended by servants.
Photo: The classic signature Renaissance windows and stone staircase.
The main building structure with its four towers hasn’t changed in the past four centuries. In the 30-year war (1618-1648) some fortifications were added, as well as a gunport to protect the main entrance.
Photo: The hidden gunport seen from outside and the staircase.
In the 18th century, the annexed barn with the 5th tower was built as an interconnected extension. It was mainly used a horse stable.
In the 1930’s, iron ore mining industrial Nick Schlesser hunted game in the lush forests above the village and fell in love with this little jewel of a castle in the valley. Previously owned by Gisbert de Witt, who cultivated the park into an orchard, the Château de Wintrange was sold in 1938 by Notary Champagne to Nicolas Schlesser.
Photo: In 1917, Nick Schlesser took his lovely Hansa-Lloyd nr.791 for a playful drive with his buddies.
Today, Château de Wintrange is still privately owned and carefully restored by Nick's grandson and Chatwin designer Philippe Schlesser and his family.
The castle and park are still the Schlesser family’s private residence and can be rented for events, weddings, film and photo shoots.
Please visit wintrange.com for more details on Château de Wintrange.