While Luxembourg is deprived of access to the sea, having no beautiful coastline to call its own, the “Stauséi” is a great comfort in this respect.
Located in the ‘Éislek’, the hilly North of the country, the ‘Stauséi’ is an artificial lake created by a 47-meter high damn (hosting a hydroelectric power station).
It’s a big attraction for both Luxembourgers and tourists, especially during spring and summer times. Activities to do? Swimming, rowing, hiking, sailing, diving or just relaxing and cooling down on its banks. Come along!
On a Kayak-tour in Luxembourg, Instagram photo-ops are guaranteed! Canoeing in general, and kayaking in particular, have become very popular recreational activities in Luxembourg. Some of Luxembourg’s rivers and lakes seem perfectly designed for a spot of zealous paddling. Crossing the country from west to east, the river Sauer is famous for its rapids, sandstone sediment and rocks. Its valley offers kayakers a thrilling adventure with great views. Then there’s the motorboat-free Upper-Sûre-Lake, embedded in the lightly populated, forest-covered hills of the North, which promises an extensive selection of treks and tours. Tempted? Get on board!
The hilly North of the country is called ‘Éislek’ and, topographically speaking, contrasts with the flatter Southern region, ‘Guttland’.
The ‘Éislek’ is in fact the Southern bit of the ‘Ardennes’, a Franco-Belgian region of rolling hills and ridges, largely covered with forests.
Less densely populated, this region is a popular sports destination for Luxembourgers and home to many iconic castles, much of Luxembourg’s wind power and its agriculture.
Charmingly idyllic, wildly romantic and totally iconic. The ‘Schiessentümpel’ is the most photographed attraction in the Mullerthal region, an area so photogenic, it’s known as Luxembourg’s ‘Little Switzerland’. In three cascades, the ‘Black Ernz’ flows and falls, tumbles and sometimes rages down the sandstone, forging a pool of cool, clear water at the foot of the falls. High above, an elegant bridge has been standing witness for more than a century. Every year, countless, nature-loving hikers will pass this spot as part of a trail, while others come for the photo-opportunity. In any case, it’s a place definitely not to be missed! Let this gem enchant you!
Luxembourg is a country rich in forests. You’re never far away from one, even in the capital city.
The largest continuous forests are quite central: Bambësch to the North-West and Gréngewald to the North-East of Luxembourg-City. You’ll find hundreds of hiking trails to explore, along with the local fauna, too: deer, boar, rabbits, birds…
Even the wolf has recently been spotted after a looooong absence from the country!
Valley of 7 Castles
Once you drive along the ‘Mosel’ (‘Musel’ in Luxembourgish), you’ll understand why this river – part of the border with Germany – made it into our national anthem, along with the Alzette (‘Uelzecht’) and Sûre (‘Sauer’).
The local people, called ‘Miseler’, certainly know it best.
The vast valley is decorated with seemingly endless vineyards, picturesque towns and wonderful views. Don’t miss out on a wine-tasting!
Luxembourg’s South, the land of the Red Rocks is the cradle of the country’s industrial era. The region owes its name to the soil’s reddish colour, being rich in ore.
Towards the end of the 19th century, extraction of natural resources at an industrial scale heralded the industrial age and proved a cornerstone of Luxembourg’s development into a modern economy.
Today, the economy is shifting towards a more diversified post-industrial mix and the Red Rocks have largely been returned to nature.
All along the 20th century, many migrant workers from Italy, Poland, Germany and Portugal arrived in Luxembourg, strengthening the local workforce in mining and industrial steel production.
Paralleling the steel industry’s decline, the last mine closed in the 70s, but a handful of important and modern steel plants are still running today. Most mines have been sealed for good, but some now host museums and with the restored furnaces in Belval there is more exceptional industrial heritage.
Visit one of them, and experience the working conditions of people at that time. You’ll find it hard to believe!
Situated in the East of Luxembourg, this region is often referred to as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Once you visit, you’ll quickly see why. With its hilly landscape and unexpected geology, the region really lives up to its nickname.
Formed thousands of years ago, at the end of the last ice age, its fairytale rock formations, corridors, caves and idyllic waterfalls have been attracting tourists since late 19th century. The region is a must for hikers and nature-lovers.
By the way, the Mullerthal region is currently applying for the UNESCO’s Global Geopark programme. Expect a status update!
Be it for an afternoon, an entire week-end or a break of a few days, there are countless opportunities to explore Luxembourg by foot.
Whether you leave with friends, family, your dog(s), as part of tourist group or with a local hiking club, your backpack will be a constant companion.
Whatever you pack, don’t forget your camera to catch the inspiring, amusing or surprising moments awaiting you! Get your walking shoes on!
In a way, hiking has become a national sport in its own right.
In fact, the country is covered with a network of local, regional and national hiking trails, at different levels of difficulty, providing a huge choice of scenery: woods and fields, plains and hills, valley and riverbanks, caves and vistas. A variety of great attractions for both tourists and locals.
On a hike, you may spot wild animals, encounter a scout group or just run into fellow passionate hikers.
No doubt, blue skies and bright sunshine are good for everyone’s mood. Of course, this applies especially to countries like Luxembourg, where one is necessarily familiar with the contrast of showers and pouring rain.
When the sun comes out, the terraces fill up, sports seem easier, parks get busy, children are heard playing. It typically starts in spring when weather conditions improve and can last well into a golden autumn.
May the sun be with you!
Luxembourgers cannot, in all conscience, vouch for your stay to be free of rain. Carrying an umbrella therefore tends to be advisable.
Now, if you find no particular pleasure in getting your coat wet and your boots muddy, there are plenty of alternative activities to consider. Why not visit one of the museums, attend a concert or play, or meet friends in a cosy bar or café?
What we can promise is that, sooner or later, the sun will shine again.
For nature fans, spending time out camping, surrounded by greenery, soothes the soul, clears the mind or brings back precious memories.
Whatever the reason for your camping addiction, don’t miss Luxembourg’s many camping options. There are numerous camp sites across the country, combining camping with comfort, providing plenty of opportunities to escape from the stress of daily life.
Fancy a night in a safari tent? Be our guest.
Nature is rich and diverse in Luxembourg. This is, of course, a guaranteed tourist attraction. Lakes, rivers, nature reserves, woodlands, rock formations, an abundant flora and fauna. Yes, Luxembourg ticks all these boxes.
At the same time, it also presents wonderful opportunities for locals to take a break from stress and daily routine. Wherever your home is, in less than 15 minutes you can be surrounded by nature.
This proximity, combined with an awareness of how important this natural asset is, makes Luxembourg strive to respect, protect and cultivate its ecosystem in the best way possible.
The castle of Vianden is an icon of Luxembourgish heritage. Rebuilt over the last few decades, it stands like no other symbol for the country’s medieval history which, to a large extent, is a history of castles, counts and knights.
In particular, the hills in the Northern region of the country were perfectly suited to the building of castles, and this developed over the centuries.
Make sure you stop by at least one!