Luxembourg: Europe’s undiscovered walking country

It may be one of Europe’s smallest countries, but Luxembourg packs a punch when it comes to dramatic scenery and award-winning hiking trails.

Landscape view over rocks and tree canopies 

A warm breeze is coaxing life back into the trees and bushes that line the River Alzette. There is even a glimpse of blossom – spring is in the air. One of the two rivers that meet in the heart of Luxembourg’s capital, the Alzette and its tributary, the Pétrusse, have – over millions of years – carved deep gorges into the underlying rock. These provided a fantastic natural fortification for the city’s early settlers and quickly led to the establishment of the capital here.

City trails

Today, Luxembourg City is one of Europe’s most scenic capitals – and the historic quarter and fortifications have been a World Heritage Site since 1994. Located around the Bock cliffs, it’s well worth a visit. It’s here that you will find the start of the circular Wenzel Walk (5.5km), one of the city’s many clearly marked walks, that runs parallel to the river and then winds its way past the capital’s cultural and historical highlights.

Fairy-tale landscapes

Two people walking a wooden boardwalk between tall rocksThere are more great walks to be discovered outside of the capital – in the Éislek, Moselle and Mullerthal regions. The Mullerthal Trail (left) is a must for walkers as this 112km path – split into three sections – traverses a fairy-tale landscape of rocky tors, mossy ravines and crystal-clear lakes. No wonder that the European Ramblers’ Association gave the path a Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe status. The 159km Escapardenne Trail has also been granted this status. Divided into two main sections, the Lee Trail (53km) and the Éislek Trail (106km), this long-distance path crosses the Ardennes – a wooded plateau that covers parts of Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany. The Éislek, the area within Luxembourg, is crisscrossed by river valleys, offering an almost Alpine hiking experience through steep, sloping forests and undulating mountain paths.

Short and sweet

For those who prefer shorter trails, but don’t want to miss out on Luxembourg’s natural wonders, there are more than 5,000km of well-maintained signposted hiking trails. The ‘Auto-pedestre’ self-guided walking circuits are particularly suited to families, and there’s also a whole series of railway station to railway station walks. Finally, the three Traumschleifen Dream Loops are superb circular trails close to the Moselle river valley. When walking, it is often possible to arrange luggage transport, guided tours and more. 

Walking in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has 332 hiking paths, 34 long-distance trails and seven pilgrim routes. A Luxembourg Card (one, two or three days, €13-28, 10% discount for over-60s), includes unlimited use of the Grand Duchy’s public transport network and access to 79 museums and other attractions free of charge.

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