Welcome in the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland
In the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, the visitor can spend a diversified vacation. Echternach, the eldest city of the country, is considered as historic hot spot and capital of the whole region. Hikers will encounter a well signalled hiking net throughout the whole region and they may discover impressive rock formations, romantic brook valleys, amazing view points on the valley of the Sûre. The small villages are quite charming and the old ruins of the castles of Beaufort and Larochette as well as the Schiessentümpel cascade are worth a visit.
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Hiking in the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland
The Mullerthal Trail is a regional hiking path situated in the east of Luxembourg, in the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland.
The aim of this 112 km long hike, set up in three big loops of 38, 37 and 37 km, is to enable hiking amidst fascinating sandstone rock formations, created more than a million years ago. The Mullerthal Trail also leads through dark forests, light-filled valleys and along small streams. Extraordinary natural phenomena such as luminous moss reflect the power of nature; faces and figures emerge among the rocks.
In 2014, the European Ramblers Association rewarded the Mullerthal Trail with the quality label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, an award which is valid for 3 years.
Echternach - the eldest city in Luxembourg
Lying on the banks of the river Sûre, Echternach had been the site of a 1st-century Roman villa. The second foundation was in 698 when the Benedictine monk Willibrord settled down and shortly after created the Benedictine Abbey. During the 11th century, the abbey entered a Golden Age, as it became one of northern Europe's most influential abbeys. The Codex Aureus of Echternach, an important surviving codex, was written entirely in gold ink.
The market square, narrow streets as well as remains of the former town wall are remnants of ancient times.
The Dancing Procession
Today, Echternach is best known for its traditional Dancing Procession, held on Whit Tuesday, in honor of Saint Willibrord. The event became part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010 and draws to Echternach tens of thousands of visitors and pilgrims. The Documentation Center displays paintings, texts, maps, photos and films about the history and organization of the Dancing Procession and the eventful history of the Basilica.
The castle of Beaufort
The medieval castle of Beaufort was built in three different periods between 1150 and 1650. The castle had been uninhabited for a long time from the 18th century onwards. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the castle ruins had been open to visitors. The torture room is impressive.
Since its construction in 1649, the Renaissance castle had always been inhabited by the various owner families. In 2012, it had been opened for guided tours. The visit of the castle leads to the chambers, the dining room, various offices, the gardens and the former distillery.