Echternach, the oldest town in Luxembourg, was founded in 698 by St Willibrord, a monk of Irish origin. It lies near the border with Germany. The picturesque town, still surrounded by its medieval walls with towers, was badly damaged in World War II and has been thoroughly restored. There are two churches at Echternach. The larger is the Abbey's...more
173 kms long, this river draws the border between Luxemburg and Germany. It raises in the Ardennes (Belgium) before flowing eastwards and crossing the border with Luxembourg. It then goes on o Germany and the Moselle. It makes for very nice walks either towards other parts of the town or towards the neighboring towns in the other direction.more
This benedictine monastery was founded by Saint Willibrord, to which we own the founding of the city, in the 7th century. Although a big fire caused severe damage to the building, the new construction was finished in 1031. Its main feature is the alteration of pillars and columns, a style copied later on in the Rhineland. Pillaged by French...more
The Law Cross or Colum of Justice stands on the market square, near the pedestrian shopping street. It was supposed to demonstrate abbot Willibrord's supremacy on the citizens regarding all matters of judgment. The cross was destroyed by the French revolutionary troops in 1794 and set up again in 1982 in its original place according to 18th century...more
Start your trek near the Echternach bus terminus. Ask the locals for help. It is behind the bus terminus.. a little side lane and then you cross the road and then you begin your climb up the slope. Look out for sign E1 in green and white as well as the red M for Mullerthal. can be found on signposts or painted on tree trunks.11.7 km long. level of...more
Enjoy a nice stroll through the streets and you'll come across nice little shops and beautiful fronts. I particularly appreciate the architecture. You can for example visit the Willibrord - founder of the town - basilica just off the market square, then cross the square and go through the shopping streets.more
Given the weather is good, there is a recreational centre with lake around 50 hectares. Also there are promenades in the beautiful muellerthal region that can cover a total of 70 kms!!Also the town is a perfect base to discover all the villages in the region either by car (as we lazy didi), or by bicycle or for the nature lovers on foot.more
If you are the absolute museum type, then Echternach has its share to keep you occupied. There are totally 4 museums: the museum of prehistory (private collection), near to the Roman villa the “life of Romans”, the museum of the Abbey (with book illustrations and techniques) and the museum of rural architecture in the Pavillion (models and...more
The Baroque Abbey was designed by Leopold Durand from Lorraine and built by the Austrian family Mungenast. Since 1899 it houses the “Lycee classique d’Echternach”. It is an impressive building both in terms of architecture and size dominating the centre of the town. Just opposite to the Abbey you’ll see (unluckily access was not possible at the...more
Well, this was very special as we went there for our first meeting anniversary. You might say it's...more
7-8 Place du Marche, Echternach, L-6460, Luxembourg
Good for: Business
Clean. Family-run hotel. Everything works. Centre of town, value for money meals. order the set menu...more
While we had our dinner in Trier, we were told by the greek owners that there is a greek restaurant in Echternach. In fact we would never expect that it was on ... the german side of the borders! As soon as you reach Echternach from the east there is a small narrow bridge leading you to Germany. A few meters lined up with restaurants lead you to...more
The food here is great. A nice waitress (close your mouths guys) helped us translate some of the dishes served, but I stuck to pizza, basically.For an atmosphere upgrade, they usually have some musicians standing by, which just gives the place a little extra! I would definately recommend the carpaccio. It was just very, very good. The kind of dish...more
Nice North-African restaurant not far from the cafe "Le Philosophe". We ordered tajines and couscous. While waiting, we were offered different little salads with bread (carrots/coriander - thuna - onions/tomatoes/pepers) - Delicious ! So were the tajines, couscous and the fresh-mint tea with orange blossom water. We ate so much that we couldn't eat...more
To go to Schiessentümpel, take bus from Echtarnach. You have to change to some place.
The bus stop is 'Mullerthal-Schiessentümpel'. then walk back the bus road for 10 min. The bus stop at ectarnach have the details.
Also to go to hohlay rock formation (in berdorf) from Schiessentümpel, you can take a direct bus. From Echtarnach also you can take a direct bus to hohlay rock formation (in berdorf).
Then walk 30-40 min.
Excentric little shop where you can find a lot of crazy and colourful stuffs. If you like unique clothes and accessories, this is the place to go !
Another unique event is the “Dancing Procession” which dates back in the middle ages. This takes place annually on Whitsun Tuesday. Thousand of pilgrims, holding each other by handkerchiefs, skip and spring to the rhythm of an ancient simple tune which is played by brass and violin bands, heading to the crypt of the Basilica where Echternach’s...more
The old church was restored in 1862 and consecrated in Sept., 1868. Another solemn translation of the relics took place on 4 June, 1906, from the Church of St. Peter to the new basilica. On this occasion occurred also the annual procession of the holy dancers (see ECHTERNACH, ABBEY OF. -- The Dancing Procession). Five bishops in full pontificals...more
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The origins of this dancing procession are very vague, and cannot be traced with certitude. One folk legend says that a local horse thief by the name of Veidt (spellings vary greatly) was sentenced to death, and -as is the custom- was granted one last wish before his public execution on the market square (pictured above). Feidt wanted to play his...more
Favorite thing: In Echternach is an impressive church, its patron is St. Willibrord. We have visited this church years ago and since we will be staying in Echternach this year, I will make sure we go there again. I want to see the crypt of St. Willibrord and the beautiful interior of the church.