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Museum Dräi Eechelen (M3E)

5, Park Dräi Eechelen, 1499 Luxembourg

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Posted on: Sat Jan 2015

‘The Musée Dräi Eechelen – fortress, history, identities is situated in the restored keep of fort Thüngen, which is an extraordinary historical building. The permanent exhibition illustrates a different era of the fortress in each of the casemates as well as its influence on the country’s history.

The tour begins in the Middle Ages with the capture of the city of Luxembourg by the Burgundians in 1443, and ends with the construction of the Adolf Bridge in 1903. More than 600 objects and original documents, a lot of which have never been shown before, highlight the diversity of the collections. A special room houses a selection of historical photographs which present the fortress immediately before and after it was razed. The history of the building of the museum constitutes in itself an important element of the permanent exhibition. With its impressive underground galleries and mines, it corresponds to a large extent to the original condition of the last phase of its expansion in 1836/1837.’ (source visitluxembourg.com)

Formerly known as ‘Gibraltar of the North’ due to its impregnable fortifications, the keep represents an example of the impressive fortifications (above and below ground) that protected the city in case of a siege and transformed it into the most formidable defense installations in Northern Europe. It took 20 years to be fully restored.


Good idea

Combine a visit to M3E with the UNESCO Wenzel tour, also known as ‘1000 years in a 100 minutes’ to get a real feel of the city’s breath-taking history. This will also include a visit to the very popular underground fortifications, the Casemate

Good to know

– guided tours are available T: +352 26 43 35
– find out about historical reenactment of the Napoleonic period, 200 years ago


Venue details

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opening hours
  • everyday 10am - 6pm except Tuesday
    Wed. 10am-8pm

contact +352 26 43 35

location Kirchberg, about 300m bus stop Philharmonie/ Mudam

website www.m3e.public.lu

entrance fee 5 € adults
5 € reduced entrance fee

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'The secret star of the 'Dräi Eechelen' is the restored keep within which the museum is located. Within the spectacularly illuminated bowels of the keep even going to the toilet is an adventure by itself. There is an underground pathway to connect to Fort Thüngen which leads to one of the most spectacular views onto the city.We strongly recommend to take advantage of a guided tour.'

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