The 11 most beautiful walks in Luxembourg

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Get off the beaten track in the heart of continental Europe: here are the best walks in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is a modestly sized territory wedged between its Belgian, French and German neighbors. Modest in size, but rich in landscape diversity: forests, valleys, hills and watercourses make up a remarkably bucolic landscape. The Haute-Sûre, Our and Mullerthal nature parks together cover more than a third of the country.

To help you explore them at your own pace, we’ve put together a selection of the best walks in Luxembourg. These varied itineraries are perfect for discovering the treasures of this charming cradle of Europe.

1. A bucolic tour of Little Switzerland

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 9.7 km
  • Difference in altitude: 293 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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The Mullerthal is the name given to Luxembourg’s « Little Switzerland », a hilly region in the east of the Grand Duchy, close to the German border. Its name derives from its landscapes, which bear a striking resemblance to those of the Helvetic Confederation. On this hike in Luxembourg, you’ll follow almost ten kilometers of typical cliffs and canyons leading to some sumptuous panoramas.

The route, which is forested, is very pleasant in summer thanks to the shade, which is much appreciated on hot days. As for the rest, the path is very well signposted and passable in all seasons. So there’s no excuse not to come and walk it!

2. The Bavigne Loop

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Height difference: 286 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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The Boucle de Bavigne is located in Diekirch, west of Esch-sur-Sûre, in the center of the Haute-Sûre Nature Park. You’re in the heart of the Ardennes(Eislek in Luxembourgish). The Haute-Sûre lake supplies drinking water to 70% of the country’s population. This Luxembourg hike is of reasonable length and moderate difficulty, making it ideal for families with children.

Close to a superb leisure area where you can enjoy a wide range of water sports, it is dotted with swimming and relaxation areas. And if you’re a gourmet, why not try your hand at a lakeside barbecue?

3. Sumptuous route between Echternach and Berdorf

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Height difference: 365 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Meet at the Echternach basilica to begin this exceptional itinerary along the German-Luxembourg border. This Luxembourg hike crosses the Wolfsschlucht (Wolf Gorge) and its impressive rock faces. Some are over 50 metres high!

All along the thirteen-kilometer route, you’ll enjoy superb views of the Mullerthal. The Paulsplatte and the Trooskneppchen are excellent panoramic lookouts, to be enjoyed before reaching the Hohllay cave and its tunnels.

Good to know : the layout becomes particularly sumptuous in autumn, when the deciduous trees take on a golden hue.

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4. Lovely loop in Berdorf

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Height difference: 143 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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We suggest this lovely tour near the village of Berdorf, in the heart of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. The area is renowned for its production of natural cheeses and other dairy products. On the spot, this bucolic route leaves the village, wends its way through the woods along a cute little stream, through fields and then into the gorges and caves for which the region is famous.

Very well signposted (just follow the blue arrow), it’s ideal for visiting the Mullerthal. This loop is suitable for both beginners and experienced walkers, and will appeal to young and old alike.

5. Nommern walking trail

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 5.6 km
  • Difference in altitude: 207 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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In the canton of Mersch, right in the center of the Grand Duchy, we found this hike to do in Luxembourg. It’s a short walk through the forest, taking in a variety of terrain. In fact, you’ll have to « climb » a few rocks and stone staircases… although not particularly difficult, they give the itinerary a much-appreciated playfulness.

Nearby, we also suggest you visit the impressive Reckingen menhir, a star of the local heritage. Mysterious, around 3 metres high and weighing around 3.5 tonnes, we don’t know much about it… who knows, maybe you’ll discover its mysteries when you pay it a visit?

6. Pastoral path in the Mullerthal

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 11.3 km
  • Height difference: 321 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Join the commune of Bech in the canton of Echternach for an easy, well-marked route through the forest. Park at the restaurant at the starting point and stroll to the tour’s points of interest. The river features a number of beautiful waterfalls, which can be reached via pleasant paths and gently sloping forest roads.

Trees are definitely the kings of the region: to see for yourself, take a look at the incredible Hersberg oak. With a circumference of almost eight meters and over 500 years old, it is a local place of pilgrimage. The trunk of this behemoth, classified as a « remarkable Luxembourg tree », houses a statue of the Virgin Mary.

7. Shady walk around Abweiler

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 10.8 km
  • Height difference: 224 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bettembourg, in the canton of Esch-sur-Alzette, is the setting for one of Luxembourg’s most enjoyable hikes. It begins in the hamlet of Abweiler and continues through undergrowth and rolling hills. In our opinion, the second half of the hike is the most interesting: rest areas and picturesque little ponds await you.

Perfect for a quiet moment of contemplation… or a delicious picnic. A sandwich with « Ham de l’Oesling », the Ardennes ham, or a « Gromperekichelcher », a potato pancake with eggs and onions, are sure to delight all participants.

8. Lovely forest edge loop between Bridel and Mamer

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Difference in altitude: 175 m
  • Difficulty: easy
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The river Mamer, a tributary of the Alzette, gives its name to the commune in which we invite you to join us. This hike crosses the valley from the forest along a blue-signposted trail dotted with rest areas. In summer, the trail is perfumed by the scent of conifers, giving it a Mediterranean air all the way to the Juckelsbësch plateau. The little ones will appreciate the ease of the route as much as the play area at the finish point.

If they have enough energy left, of course… Do they? Then take advantage of your presence to visit the Gallo-Roman baths of Mamer, whose foundations are still visible. A real leap in time in the heart of a wooded park, ideal for enjoying the gentle Luxembourg way of life.

9. Discovering the Mullerthal caves and canyons

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 6.3 km
  • Height difference: 214 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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This Luxembourg hike takes place in the heart of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Follow the well-marked Mullerthal Trail to the spectacular Roitsbach canyon. The B2 trail takes you up the iron ladder to the Nid d’Aigle or Ile du Diable. You’ll enjoy exceptional panoramic views of this beautiful region, interspersed with visits to the rocky caves for which it is famous.

Bring good boots and sturdy clothing for the route, especially when it’s raining. Rain is common in Luxembourg, but don’t worry: it never lasts very long.

10. Charming route to Mertert

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  • Duration: about 3 hours
  • Distance: 10.3 km
  • Difference in altitude: 277 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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This beautiful walking route starts on wide forest tracks before entering the shady Mertert forest. You’ll follow the course of the Syre, a left-hand tributary of the Moselle, to a waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing break. This itinerary is distinguished by the beautiful diversity of landscapes encountered: undergrowth, fields, rivers and meadows. Depending on the season, a few cows may be watching you placidly.

Some steep sections add a playful touch to this easy hike, which takes less than three hours to complete. In conclusion: a lovely walk that we recommend all year round!

11. Between forest and castle

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 8.7 km
  • Height difference: 361 m
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Here, you’ll have the pleasure of discovering one of Eislek’s Sûre valleys. The path begins steeply and gradually flattens out. It can be covered in less than three hours, making it ideal for a summer or spring afternoon. This last route in our selection is an enjoyable hike in Luxembourg, with its lovely panoramas.

You’ll also appreciate our proximity to major tourist attractions. The castle of Esch-sur-Sûre, for example! This is the oldest castle in the Grand Duchy, and its ruins, which are freely accessible, offer a superb view of the village and its medieval streets.