Our youth hostel will stay closed to the general public for the time being. Not due to the pandemic, but because we consider it absolutely essential to help refugees in need of shelter and a warm meal. We have therefore decided to support the local governmental bodies in accommodating our fellow human beings from the Ukraine. It’s an endeavour that’s not only near to our hearts, but an important part of our mission.
You can also do something to help those affected by the war by donating money to one of the many charitable organisations. One of these is Caritas Luxembourg, which can be reached under the following link: www.caritas.lu
In the heart of the ‘Guttland’ or ‘good country’ extending to the gates of the capital city, lies the charming village of Hollenfels. But what exactly has this small village to offer to its visitors? It’s located in the centre of the Grand-Duchy on a rise above the valley of the Eisch. Its landmark is a fortress from the 14th century with a 40 metre high keep – a very unique monument indeed for this region of the country. The youth hostel Hollenfels is located opposite this mystical fortress and is thus the perfect starting point for a discovery hike through the valley of the seven castles – on foot, by bike, alone as a backpacker or in the company of your family or a group. Nowhere else will you find in Luxembourg such a high density of medieval buildings than in the valley of the seven castles, one of the most important touristic highlights of the country. In this region, the visitor will find the castles of Mersch, Schoenfels, Ansembourg and Koerich as well as the fortresses of Ansembourg, Septfontaines and the already mentioned fortress of Hollenfels. Why not plan a holiday full of experiences and sporty activities in the nature or simply spend a few relaxing days in the ‘Guttland’?
The youth hostel Hollenfels fits 86 visitors per night throughout the whole year in its rooms at an affordable rate. The showers are located on the ground floor, toilets can be found on every floor. The youth hostel also has a craft room as well as three common rooms at the disposal of the groups for their activities and meetings.
At the ‘Melting Pot’, the inhouse restaurant of the youth hostel, the chef as well as his team take care of the pleasures of the palate of their guests. The meals are prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients and with loving attention to the detail. Tourists as well as local residents are welcome here to savour the daily special or order a dish from the menu upon request. When the sun is shining, the lovely terrace with a beautiful view of the castle welcomes its visitors.
|Prices 2023 (in Euro)
Prices are subject to change!
|Overnight with breakfast and bedsheets per person per night
showers / WC on the floor
|27,00 €||31,00 €|
|Twin room - additional charge per person per night||7,00 €||7,00 €|
|Single private room - additional charge per person per night||20,00 €||20,00 €|
Packed lunch (Attention: no plastic bottles in the lunch packs, please bring your own bottle or buy one at our hostel)
|7,00 €||7,50 €|
|Light meal (dish)||11,00 €||12,00 €|
|Complete meal (starter, main dish and dessert)||13,00 €||15,00 €|
|Find more information about our terms and conditions here.|
|When booking through our website, prices for non-members will be charged. 4 € per night will be refunded in cash at check-in upon presentation of the Hostelling International membership card (except for bookings via third party sites).|
|Discounts for families and groups - conditions on request.|
… by public transportation
Hollenfels can be reached in 30 minutes by car from Luxembourg City. The bus stop 'Hollenfels, Schoul' is only about 200 metres from the hostel. Public transport is free throughout Luxembourg.
More information or timetables for buses to/from the bus stop ‘Hollenfels, Schoul’: www.mobiliteit.lu
…by bus or car
Coming from Belgium:
Arriving from Brussels, follow the A4/E411 through Namur and Arlon to Luxembourg. Take the exit 31 in direction of Arlon and continue on the N82. Pass through Arlon on the N4 in direction of Ettelbruck-Mersch and continue on the N844 to Mersch-Waltzing. At the border to Luxembourg, drive in the direction of Hobscheid on the N8 and pass through Kreuzerbuch. Continue then on the CR112a in direction of Greisch. On the CR112, follow the Tëntenerstrooss and pass the village Tuntange. Continue on your right on the CR113 onto the Rue de Hollenfels. When you arrive in Hollenfels, follow the Rue de Tuntange/Wandhaff to the Rue du Château where the youth hostel and the castle are located.
Coming from Germany/Trier:
Arriving from Trier, continue on the A64 until you arrive at the border and follow then the A1. Continue shortly before Luxembourg on the A7/E421 in direction of Ettelbruck/Echternach through the tunnels Stafelter, Grouft and Mersch. Take the exit 4 in direction of Mersch/Reckange/Saeul. Follow the N8 until Reckange. Continue on the CR105 and on the Rue de Septfontaines until Marienthal. Make a turn on your right into the Rue du Château. The youth hostel is located on your right side opposite the castle.
Coming from France/Saarbrucken:
Arriving from Metz on the A31/A3 or from Saarbrucken on the A13/A8, continue on the E25/E44/A6. Take the E25/A6 in direction of Bruxelles/Liège and then the exit 2 Mamer/Capellen. Follow the N6 in direction of Mamer. At the roundabout, take the third exit in direction of CR102 and pass through Kehlen. Follow the CR102 on the Rue de Keispelt. At the roundabout, take the third exit in direction of N12 and follow the CR105/Rue de la Vallée until the Rue d’Ansembourg. You arrive at Hollenfels and if you follow the Rue du Château you’ll see the youth hostel, located opposite the castle.
… by bicycle
Hollenfels is connected indirectly to the cycle path network via some quiet roads. The CR105 passes through the valley of the seven castle and continue to Mersch. Here you follow the cycle path PC15, continuing southward to Luxembourg-city and northward to Ettelbruck. Continue through Brouch and Buschdorf until you arrive over tarred field paths on the cycle path PC12 in Useldingen.
We recommend the cycling maps ‘Luxembourg by cycle’ 1:50.000 by ProVelo asbl. (www.provelo.lu). These maps are available at every youth hostel.
There are no parking spaces available at the youth hostel, but you’ll find free parking spots in the village.
Specific free parking spaces are located in the village of Hollenfels.
If you’d like to spend some time in the heart of the ‘Guttland’, the picturesque village of Hollenfels, located in the municipality of Helperknapp is exactly what you are looking for. The village is not only girdled by fortresses, castles, forests and rivers but also the valley of the seven castles, which you can explore on foot, by bike, car or motorbike. A relaxing stay in the midst of nature for all time travel fans.
At the youth hostel
In the region
Hiking through the ‘Guttland’ is always a good idea. The valley of the seven castles not only boasts fortresses, castles, dungeons, moats and ruins but also the charming valley of the Eisch with green meadows and dense forests, which will appeal to nature lovers.
You’re not a fan of hiking by foot? You’d rather bike? That’s ok, because you’ll find 23 national cycle path in Luxembourg. The PC12 de l’Attert, PC14 Eisch-Mamer and PC15 de l’Alzette are all located in the vicinity of the youth hostel, which is labelled ‘Bed+Bike’.
Mountain bike package
If you prefer taking your mountain bike on a tour over rough and smooth through the ‘Guttland’, Hollenfels is just the right place for you. The valley of the seven castles awaits you for an adventurous tour on your wheels.
Birthday for kids
As the birthday of your child comes but once a year, the little one should have the best party ever. The youth hostel of Hollenfels provides just the right programme for this special day, including beverages and cake.
Educational and youth centre SNJ
The ‘Service National de la Jeunesse’ runs a youth centre since 1975 in the castle of Hollenfels, situated directly opposite the youth hostel. The training centre for sustainable development offers activities for school classes and youth groups on the subjects of nature, environment and sustainability. Further information about the Centre SNJ Huelmes: www.hollenfels.snj.lu
Another youth centre, called Centre SNJ Märjendall is also located close to the youth hostel and focuses on the well-being of young people as well as on media education. The centre offers activities for youngsters and school groups while focussing on team building, balanced nutrition and intercultural learning. During media education, the focus is set on media creation and media criticism. Further information about the Centre SNJ Märjendall: www.marienthal.snj.lu
Restaurant ‘Melting Pot’
The youth hostels’ restaurant
The youth hostel Hollenfels, located in the heart of nature with a view of the castle, boasts an in-house restaurant for 70 people. On request, the guests as well as the locals, backpackers, solo travellers, families or groups may have lunch or dinner here. Everyone is welcome. On the menu, you’ll find a choice of regional and seasonal dishes as well as the daily dish. Special children’s menus as well as vegetarian dishes are also on display. Groups may choose between the many offerings of the catering brochure.
In order to avoid food waste in the restaurant, the youth hostel Hollenfels has developed a campaign on this important topic in collaboration with the municipality of Helperknapp and the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development. A self-service fridge with an attractive design has therefore been installed next to the ‘Veräinsbau’ in Tuntange (4, rue de Hollenfels), offering leftover meals from the youth hostel’s kitchen. All residents, tourists or people working in the area can choose their meals by paying 3 euros into the cash box next to the fridge.
Daily menu and ‘à la carte’
Enjoy our varied daily menus or order regional dishes ‘à la carte’.
If you’d like to organise an event – whether it is for children, family, friends or your company – why not reserve the in-house restaurant of the youth hostel Hollenfels? The kitchen staff will gladly put together a personal menu for you and your guests. In summertime, you may also celebrate on the terrace with a view of the castle.
Download here the current catering brochure with all the prices.
Youth hostel Hollenfels
2, rue du Château
T. (+352) 26 27 66 500
N 49° 42.732' E 006° 03.044'
Management of the youth hostel
Opening hours of the youth hostel
The youth hostel is closed until further notice.
Restaurant ‘Melting Pot’:
A total of 86 beds and 17 rooms, the showers are located on the ground floors, the toilets are located on the different floors: