With restaurants and bars still closed and cultural places restricted in numbers, walking is one of the few things you can do to get out of the confines of your home.
The weather has gallantly raised its temperatures a few degrees, so here are a few suggestions for where you can take a stroll or where you can find out about walking routes in your area.
Remember to take some water, and to keep your distance (approximately 2 metres) from others on the trail. Please remember to park your car with consideration for local residents.
Where to find walks
Local circular trails
Visit Luxembourg has a section devoted to circular walks and lists one for practically every village in Luxembourg. Some are as short as 5km, whilst others are 12-14km.
You can see photographs and more details of each walk to get a feel for conditions, landscape and how easy or hard the pathway is from the Hiking in Luxembourg Facebook page.
Author Laurent Jacquemart gives a breakdown of the itinerary and conditions on the route, plus details of where to park, and sometimes some fascinating information on ruins or historical places you might pass.
If you are looking for something longer or more challenging, you can try a section of one of Luxembourg’s national trails. You can join the linear Alzette trail from the capital, walking across wooded hilltops and beautiful countryside following the course of the River Alzette. The trail finishes in Mersch, the gateway to a number of other footpaths.
The national hiking trail Mëllerdall begins in Dommeldange and journeys all the way to Mullerthal passing through stunning forests on its way to Bourglinster. Part of the trail follows the Am Gatter circuit that runs through the Grand Ducal family’s former hunting grounds, and through the rock formations near Echternach.
If you want to make the most of the sunshine and views, the Dream Loop wine and nature path Palmberg Ahn is 9km long and affords spectacular views of the Moselle Valley. In addition to lime cliffs, the loop also passes vineyards and a protected nature area with ancient beech trees.
If you’re looking for more than just beautiful scenery, you can try one of six family trails listed in this article. Many have information panels or fun things for children to try out such as jumping as far as a rabbit or fox.
Other themed trails include the Bësch Tour which is an easy 8.3km circular trail in Remich. It traverses through a forest to Stadtbredimus and then follows the Moselle back to the forest.
Another easy but longer trail is the 13km Bunker hike which starts outside the village of Schlindermanderscheid near Hoscheid. Starting in the Schlinder valley and then on to the Wiltz valley, at one spot you can see the remains of a Second World War bunker that was restored in 2016. Seventeen people, mostly resistance fighters, lived in the bunker from the end of May 1944 until liberation day on 10 September. You’ll find more remembrance-themed walks in our article here.
The Luxembourg City administration office (VDL) lists a number of short walks in and around the city, and the government website also lists some hiking and walking suggestions. Check your local commune website section on tourism or walks for trails and routes close to home.
You can also order a copy of Guide Auto Pédestre, which has 201 circular walks in Luxembourg, each on a removable sheet stored in a file case, making it easy to take just the relevant map and directions with you.
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