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Canoeing on the Moselle

08.06.2015 From our online archive
Moselle tourism officials have launched a new project to offer canoeing along the river, with hopes that canoes will be available for rent at several stations by next summer.

(CS) Moselle tourism officials have launched a new project to offer canoeing along the river, with hopes that canoes will be available for rent at several stations by next summer.

While a canoe trail has already been developed by the regional tourism office, the Agriculture Ministry, the EU and the Luxembourg Youth Hostel Association, so far only one provider has expressed their interest to offer rental canoes along the trail.

The route takes canoeists from Schengen to Born via Wasserbillig. There are currently seven stops, with a laminated map available from the tourism office in Ehnen, also giving information on tourism attractions in the area and rules for canoeists to navigate the river safely.

Gilles Estgen, president of the ORT tourism office, however wants to expand the scheme and offer canoes for hire along the trail, similar to bike rental services elsewhere. “We would be happy, if this offer would be available next year,” he said. Currently, only one tourism provider has expressed interest.

Estgen explained that canoeing should be integrated better with other tourism activities, such as hiking, cycling or visiting the local wineries along the Moselle. He also acknowledged some challenges, such as infrastructure and logistics, as well as ensuring professional support for and safe conduct of canoeists.

Local sports fishermen have already voiced concern, saying that canoeists could disturb fish, especially where they spawn in shallow waters. President of the sport fishing federation Jos Scheuer has called for sufficient information for tourists and regulations as the project is being developed.

Reporting by Irina Figut