Echternach Travel Guide

  • The square, 22-05-2009
    The square, 22-05-2009
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  • The orangerie, 22-05-2009
    The orangerie, 22-05-2009
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  • The Hohllay cave, 22-05-2009
    The Hohllay cave, 22-05-2009
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Echternach Things to Do

  • Town walk -video tour

    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...

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  • Walk along the Sûre River

    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.

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  • St Willibrord Roman Basilica

    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...

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  • The Law Cross

    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...

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  • Abbey Museum

    The Abbey museum tells the history of the Abbey and Monastery, founded by Willibrod. It's history can be traced back to the 11th century.The museum is in the vaulted cellars of the abbatial palace of 1727, it also gives a quick over view of the works and life of Willibrod.

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  • St Willibrod Church

    The Church and Abbey, was founded in 698, and, it's well worth a visit.They have a famous dancing procession, which is performed every Whit Tuesday, also an International Festival of classical music held in May - June.

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  • Along the river

    You can make a long walk along the river Sure (Sauer). The river is the border between Luxembourg and Germay. The bridge across the Sure is connecting Echternach with the German village Echternacherbrück on the other side.

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  • Hohllay

    Hohllay is a cave which was used in former times to cut out the millstones. The traces of this activity can still be seen on the rocks

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  • Do the Echternach Berdorf loop

    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...

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  • Walk ...walk ...walk

    About 60 km tracks through "Little Switzerland". You can get detailed walking maps free from tourist office. You can do the Mullerthal Trail. Get your info from this websitehttp://mullerthaltrail.lu/en/Links.html

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  • Municipal Park

    If you happen to take a walk along the Sûre river you will surely go through the municipal park. Another nice little place in the town. Beautiful flower beds and perfect mown lawn. You'll also see a rococo pavilion built in 1761.

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  • A stroll through the town

    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.

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  • Stroll through Echternach

    Go for a nice liesurly walk through the center of the town. There are lots of interesting buildings. Eat at one of the cafes. You will not be disappointed with this destination.

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  • Other activities in Echternach

    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.

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  • Roman villa

    The roman villa is a site situated in the recreational centre to the west of the town of Echternach and was excavated in 1975-6 and boasts a palace with 70 rooms, 2 baths, mosaic floors, heating systems. The site also houses the exhibition the “Life of Romans” and a roman garden

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  • Museums, museums, museums....

    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...

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  • The Baroque Abbey

    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...

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  • Petite Suisse

    Little Switzerland, as the locals call it, is a gorges! Haha, thats my pun on the fact that there are gorgeous gorges with easily accessible walking and hiking trails for all abilities.

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Echternach Hotels

Echternach Restaurants

  • Delicious greek food

    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...

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  • Really good pizza and nice waiting ;-)

    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...

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  • Tajines & couscous

    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...

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Echternach Transportation

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    by sauravsaha Written Oct 5, 2009

    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.

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Echternach Shopping

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    by Bigjones Written Feb 15, 2004

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    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 !

    Gene & Bridget

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Echternach Local Customs

  • Local customs and events

    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...

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  • Dancing procession

    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...

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Echternach Off The Beaten Path

  • watch out for the snails

    we discovered them on the campsite.This snails are also served to eat. Some people find them delicious, but it is not my taste ....

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  • Echternach - Dancing procession

    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...

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    by nighthawk Written Sep 13, 2002

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    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.

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