Day 4. Luxembourg’s Müllerthal region

From our base in Luxembourg’s city centre it was just a 40 minute drive to the Müllerthal region which is often referred to as Little Switzerland due to its hilly landscape and beautiful hiking trails.

Mullerthal Trail, Luxembourg
Taking the Mullerthal trail

Our first stop was at the Scheissendempel Cascade located on road 121 close to Müllerthal.  We parked in a small free car park just across the road from the start of the 500 m trail to the waterfall.

Müllerthal Trail to Scheissendempel Cascade, Luxembourg
Taking the trail to the waterfall

This is part of the Müllerthal Trail which stretches for 112 km through the rocky landscape.  The waterfall can be accessed either from the road or along the trail so we decided to take the scenic trail one way and then to make our way back along the road.

The Scheissendempel Cascade, Luxembourg
The Scheissendempel Cascade

The path was quite stony but as it had been so dry, was quite easily manageable with well maintained wooden boardwalks and flights of steps in places.  Soon we reached the waterfall on the Black Ernz river alongside a sandstone bridge.  This was constructed in 1879 and since then has become the symbol of the region.  It’s not a very high waterfall yet with the combination of the ancient bridge and spectacular rock formations is very scenic and worthy of a detour.

Beaufort Castle, Luxembourg
Beaufort Castle

From there, we drove a further 30 minutes to Beaufort Castle, constructed in four different stages between 1050 and 1650.  In the beautiful countryside of Beaufort it’s possible to visit not only one but two castles as they are located side by side.  These two castles are set in a wooded valley on the edge of the small town.  After leaving our car in the small car park across the road we collected our tickets €10 (£8.79) each to include both the medieval and renaissance castles, also included in the Luxembourg Card.

Ruins of Beaufort Medieval Castle, Luxembourg
Ruins of the medieval castle

We began our visit with a self guided tour of the ruins of the medieval castle which was built from sandstone on the site of a Roman camp.  We explored its many levels from down in the dungeons and torture chamber and then up to the surviving turrets by following numbered signs with detailed information and a map from a leaflet we’d been given.

Beaufort Castle ruins, Luxembourg
Walking through the castle ruins

The medieval castle had several owners over the years but once uninhabited it fell into disrepair.  Some of its stone work was then used as a quarry by the residents of the surrounding area.  In 1928 major renovations took place and four years later the castle was able to open to the public.

Entrance to the Beaufort Renaissance Castle, Luxembourg
Entrance to the Beaufort Renaissance Castle

Located behind the ruined castle is the renaissance castle which was built in 1558 and never damaged.  Over the centuries with the exception of s few minor additions and modifications it has remained virtually unchanged.

Inside the Renaissance Castle at Beaufort Castle, Luxembourg
One of the room settings in the Renaissance Castle

This castle was last inhabited by Anne Marie Linckels until her death in 2012 at the age of 98.  Visits are by one hour guided tour with ours taking 90 minutes as our helpful guide Diana spoke in both German and English.

Inside the Renaissance Castle at Beaufort Castle, Luxembourg
Another of the castle room settings

We were shown the beautifully furnished rooms, gardens, stables and distillery which have all been maintained in the same condition as when they were occupied by the last owners.

Beaufort Castle garden, Luxembourg
The castle’s garden

After the end of the tour we were invited to sample the famous Cassēro liquor that is still produced in the castle today.

Cassēro liquor, Beaufort Castle
Sampling the Cassēro liquor

To complete our tour of the scenic Müllerthal district we then visited Echternach, the historic centre of the region which has retained its medieval beauty.  We decided to park on the edge of town at the free park and ride and then take a bus into the centre from there.

The market place at Echternach, Luxembourg
The market place at Echternach

This small town which is the oldest in Luxembourg, has a beautiful cobblestone market place surrounded by historic buildings.  The Cross of Justice stands to one side representing the sovereignty of the abbots over the city bourgeoise.

Echternach Abbey, Luxembourg
Echternach Abbey

Close by stands the imposing Romanesque basilica originally built in 700 but destroyed by fire in 1031.  After re-building, it then suffered severe damage during the Second World War and was reconstructed once again in 1952.  We explored its Gothic aisles and stained glass windows that portray the life of St. Wilibrond.  Willibrond was born in northern England and lived as a young monk in Ireland.  In 1690 he crossed into Europe to undertake missionary work and noblemen granted him the land in Echternach to build its abbey and basilica.

Inside Echternach Abbey, Luxembourg
Inside Echternach Abbey

The crypt houses his tomb with him being the only saint to be buried in Luxembourg.  Within the abbey in a side nave is the small museum ‘Documentation of the Dancing Procession”.  This tells the story of the dancing or hopping procession which takes place at Whitsuntide each year.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural tradition and attracts many people from across the region.

Abbey Museum, Echternach
The Abbey Museum

Nearby stands the abbey museum, entrance €3 (£2.64) and also included in the Luxembourg Card.  It is located in the vaulted cellars and is mainly dedicated to the Echternach scriptorium.  The decorative first letters of the gospels, painted in gold are outstanding works of art and Romanesque symbolism.

Display of religious statues in Abbey Museum, Echternach
A display of religious statues in the museum

Before returning to the car we enjoyed cups of coffee on the terrace of one of the town’s attractive cafes and then walked over the bridge into Germany as Echternach is bordered by the river Sauer.

Ramborn Cider Farm Shop, Born, Luxembourg
The Ramborn Cider Farm Shop

On our way back to Luxembourg city centre we called into Ramborn Cider, the first Luxembourgish cider producer.  Guided tours of the production process are available most afternoons but as we arrived just before closing time we only had an opportunity to look around the shop.  Ramborn Cider ferment the freshly pressed juice of apples and pears grown in local orchards without using concentrates.  We bought a couple of bottles to take home with us and then returned to our accommodation after a lovely day exploring the Müllerthal region.

 

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30 thoughts on “Day 4. Luxembourg’s Müllerthal region

    1. Thanks Hannah for your continued interest in this series of posts. Hope it will be third time lucky for when you eventually make it over to Luxembourg. It was our second attempt as we were originally due to fly out on Luxair’s inaugural flight from Manchester which never happened due to the dreaded COVID. Better late than never, it was a lovely place to visit! M xx

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  1. What another lovely region to explore in Luxembourg. How neat to see the contrast between the two castles. One is in ruins while the other that has never been damaged or left in a state of disrepair. It’s too bad that you arrived too late for a guided tour at the cidery, but hey, at least you were able to pick up a couple of bottles to sample on your own!

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    1. The contrast between the two castles couldn’t have been more different and the interior tour was splendid and such a nice surprise to be given a small liquor before leaving. As we had checked luggage it was nice to be able to buy a few bottles of cider to remind us of the trip and share round the family. I’m not usually a big cider fan but this was quite dry and definitely to my liking. Thanks for commenting and have a great weekend.

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  2. Even on the scale of Luxembourg, Echternach is a bit far from the capital, but I had colleagues who made the trip every day. For them, telework should really be a factor of improvement in their lives.

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  3. A lovely little trip out of the big city! Goes to show that there’s a lot more to Luxembourg than just its capital, as evident in the castle and the tour you went on. Echternach looks like a real treat, and I’m glad you got to enjoy the beauty of it! Looking forward to the next installment on Luxembourg!

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  4. Oh what a lovely area! The waterfall and the hike to it sound so inviting. and the castle and abbey would easily have me in awe all day long. I have really loved seeing Luxembourg with you. I love how you show the wide wealth of things to see and do in an area and present it so well that anyone could follow your path through the beautiful city. 🙂

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  5. Another wonderful post, Marion! You have traveled to some of the most interesting places, and as a reader, I feel that you have transported us there with you. This post had the same effect. Oh, and little waterfalls are just as pretty as bigger ones – at least I think so. Thank you for sharing the Mullerthal Region with us!

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  6. Hiking trails and castles close to each other – Müllerthal looks like my kind of place! Isn’t it amazing how that old Renaissance Castle is still looking in such great condition – centuries later! And the medieval town of Echternach looks like such a pretty place to explore. Another lovely day of exploring Marion – I’m glad you could buy a few bottles of cider (now you can think about your lovely time in Luxembourgh while drinking their cider)!

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    1. It was another lovely day spent exploring more of the Grand Duchy and we enjoyed every minute of it. More castles, walking trails, a medieval town and then the chance to stock up on a few bottles of cider – what more could we wish for! Thanks so much Corna for your continued interest in this series of posts and your valued comments.

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  7. Look at all the wonderful places you have been to, Marion! The marketplace at Echternach looks amazing and so do the renaissance castle and its wonderful gardens. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope all is well 🙂 Aiva xx

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