If fairies still exist , this is where they hide. Quiet and well-meaning, by the shady springs that crisscross the domain or beneath the circles of water which tinge the gently winding moats with pale green. So what is this force that would lead us unhesitatingly to believe that all the spirits of nature are gathered here ? Is it perhaps the breath of its creator ? Or that of his daughter Marie-Eugenie who loved to frolic here with her brother Louis and was baptised in the chapel of Saint Madeleine on the 5th of October 1817 precisely. She who founded the religious order of the Assumption and who was canonised by Paul VI in 1975.
“If fairies still exist, this is where they hide. Quiet and well-meaning, by the shady springs that criss-cross the grounds or beneath the circles of water which tinge the gently winding moats with pale green. So what is this force that would lead us unhesitatingly to believe that all the spirits of nature are gathered here?
Is it perhaps the breath of its creator? Or that of his daughter Marie-Eugenie who loved to frolic here with her brother Louis and was baptised in the chapel of Saint Madeleine on the 5th of October 1817. She, who founded the religious order of the Assumption and who was canonised by Paul VI in 1975.
It was her father, Jacques Milleret, who designed the park. He wanted to set off the ruins of the old fortress. It was he who, at the beginning of the 19th Century, opted for the English style, and who had the rare species imported, and above all, acclimatized them … One must go to the west of the Château across the moats by an attractive cast-iron footbridge from the Wendel foundry, in order to get to the park. Saint Nicolas is its protector from up on his 18th Century “Bildstock”, a typical Calvary from the Moselle. From there one can take an alleyway leading to a little chestnut wood in the middle of which a statue of Saint Madeleine seems to be in eternal repentance.
Other grassy trails will take you towards a forest of oak trees or towards other pastures, the refuge of the flock of Hampshire sheep which grazein the grounds.
Park Preisch covers 170 hectares of which 105 are occupied by a golf course comprising three 9 hole courses..
« Each tree offers its poem and unveils its essence ». At the foot of about thirty trees, markers indicating the common name, the Latin name and a haiku about the particularity of the tree have been set up. Educational booklets are made available in order to explain the poems.
In the former vegetable garden, the boxwood hedges, borders of a century ago, have been cleared and restored, the cultivation areas and paths grassed. The bushes of the boxwood hedges have been pruned in waves, at the free inspiration of the sculptor, in various forms, figurative, animal and abstract, a work of topiary art.
This playful circuit lets the visitor discover the different figures, which is a game for children, soon to be relayed by a booklet.
In the middle of the topiary garden stands a dozen wooden games. Made locally, all of them offer more or less well known ways of playing and allow a playful interlude in a green and peaceful setting. Chinese billiards, power 4, river or trap game…games of skill or strategy, an ideal way to have fun with the family.
- OPENING 2020
The castle opens its doors on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 18 April to 18 October 2020.
The estate is open on Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 6pm.
Entrance Park and Castle + visit: 7 €.
Entrance Park with botanical path and old topiary garden: 7 €.
Pass Lorraine: 6€ for the castle and the park, 5€ for the park
Children under 5 and jobseekers: free of charge
Group (from 20 people) : 6 €.
Guided tour + tea room : 15 € / person (on reservation)
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Possibility of picnic.
- Castle: free visit of about 45 minutes to 1 hour including the castle and the chapel, simple guided tour offered every Sunday from 3pm.
- Park: includes the English garden, the botanical trail, the old topiary garden with its permaculture vegetable garden and old-fashioned wooden games, and footprints hunting (park open to mountain bikes).
Car: A31 exit 44 HETTANGE GRANDE.
Train: Thionville station (20km away) - Luxembourg station (15 km away).
Plane : Kirchberg Airport (Luxembourg 15 km away) - Metz-Nancy Lorraine Airport.
- EVENTS 2020
April 11th and 12th Easter Egg Hunt: Great egg hunt in the park with hundreds of hidden eggs including a golden egg. Chocolate eggs and rewards!
7 June Rendez-vous in the gardens: Rendez-vous on the theme "The transmission of knowledge" with several exhibitors planned such as the LPO, the Ammonite Apiary, the Zoufftgen Basketmakers, and a Tree Climbing activity.
3 July Open-air cinema: Film shown on a giant screen in the park in front of the castle and at nightfall, catering on site before the film.
19 July Sainte-Madeleine's Day: Traditional festival of the castle bringing together about fifty local craftsmen and producers in the form of an art and local produce market, with entertainment, restorations and music throughout the day.
20 and 21 September European Heritage Days: Sound and light show in the chapel for the occasion, original visit of the estate to rediscover its heritage.
October 24th The Night of the Castles: An original discovery of the castle by candlelight and its park illuminated by fireworks, with music specially set to the castle's rooms for the occasion.
25 October Halloween: Halloween returns to the castle for a second, even more terrifying edition.
December: Christmas animations.