Enchanting, beautiful and picturesque! These are the three words I’d use to describe the small town Esch-sur-Sûre, in the North of Luxembourg. A postcard from Luxembourg.
For most international people, Luxembourg stands for banks, insurance, funds & co. Luxembourg, however is so much more and via my articles, I’d love to show you the other side! Today, I’ll take you to northwestern part of Luxembourg; to a small, very beautiful and enchanting village called Esch-sur-Sûre, skirted by the river Sûre (in Luxembourgish: Sauer).
How to get there?
There are many ways to get to Esch-sur-Sûre. I’ve selected 3 options that might come in handy when planning your visit:
By public transport: From Luxembourg Gare, take a train direction Diekirch Gare and get off in Ettelbruck. From there, take bus number 535 direction Insenborn (Duerf) and get off in Esch-sur-Sûre (an de Gaert). It’s ecological and it will give you the chance to discover some of the beautiful countryside. Travel time is approximately 1 hour
By Bike – If you are a biker and adrenaline junkie, this should be for you: Simply put Esch-sur-Sûre in your navigation system, put on protective wear and off you go. You will experience the countryside from a whole different angle but be aware: you have to take on a few hills! I can promise you a great adventure including calorie burning! 😉
By car: you can plan your journey as you wish and maybe take the opportunity to discover other cities and villages in the North. The direct drive from Luxembourg City to Esch-sur-Sûre is approx. 50 minutes. Parking is available at the entrance of the village. If however, you’d like to start your visit by discovering the dam close to the village, you can use the parking next to the Syndicat des Eaux du Barrage. The village is in walking distance.
Essentials: Hiking shoes! This picture will give you an idea of what you can expect.🙂
Now that we have arrived in Esch-sur-Sûre, let’s explore, shall we? I think the best way to discover any place; big or small, is to start with its inner village/old city. It gives you a vibe of what to expect and often you’ll find more information about what to do. Here is my list of what to see and do in Esch-sur-Sûre:
What to see?
The castle of Esch-sur-Sûre is the oldest castle in Luxembourg. It is considered a Feudal castle due to its foundation dating back to 9th century when Feudalism flourished in medieval Europe. The castle is centrally located on the hill of the village, signaling protection and providing a great view of its surroundings. It is believed to have been active until its demolition in 1685 by Louis XIV troops during the French Revolution. The accessible ruins of the castle still offer a panoramic view of the village, its narrow streets that haven’t changed since the middle ages and of course the river Sûre. If you happen to stay overnight; don’t miss the opportunity to visit the castle at night when it is magnificently lit.
It is believed that the round observatory tower was added in the 15th century to fortify the defense.
And the chapel was added later on while the restoration was done in the early 1900’s.
Old Cloth Factory “Duch vum Séi”
The old cloth factory is located at the Naturpark Oewersauer Center and it offers a chance to learn about the history of the cloth making industry in the region and in Luxembourg. I personally didn’t visit when I was there. The factory has been restored since its closure in 1975 with a current small production ranging from pillowcases, to scarves, to plaids and more. Exclusive wool made in the factory is available for purchase in the museum’s shop.
The famous dam is located approximately 3-minute drive, or a 15-minute walk from the inner village. It’s the perfect moment for your hiking shoes to come into action, the walk is beautiful!
The main purpose of the arch dam and its reservoir, Upper Sûre lake, is to provide municipal water supply and hydroelectric power generation. It was built from 1956 to 1957 with power station commissioned in 1963. The magnificent dam is around 48m high and has a water capacity of approximately 62millions m³. (The dam includes two secondary dams whose purpose is to regulate river water levels rise. Those are located in Bavigne and in Pont Misère.)
What more is there to convince you. This picture tells it all!!!
What to do?
Apart from hiking, I didn’t take part in any other activities. However, here’s a list of things to do:
All year round, it is THE number 1 activity to do in and around this beautiful village that is surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes. Here’s the hiking tour we’ve made:
From the dam; we took the Rue de Lultzhausen and walked next to the main road until we’ve reached the small town Lultzhausen. Once there, we walked passed the Youth Hostel and down to the floating bridge, which we took to crosse the river.
On the other side we’ve continued the road and walked up to Kaundorf. Expect more trees and tranquility on this side. Absolutely relaxing!!!
From Kaundorf, we’ve made our way back to Esch-sur-Sûre with a little glimpse at the sunset. The whole trail was around 15km long, so you can imagine how well I slept that night! 🙂
If you prefer to walk an official trail, make sure to check out the different options on Naturpark-Sure.lu
If you are visiting during summer, you should definitely bring your swimsuit! Make sure to check out if swimming is allowed (sometimes, when there are too bluegreen algae, swimming is not allowed. Also make sure to book your parking space in advance.
Treat yourself to a 2-hour solar powered boat tour exploring the largest water reservoir in Luxembourg with its surrounding flora and fauna while learning about the lake’s history. A visit at the forest discovery centre Burfelt is included. Boat price is set at €8 (adult) and the tour is offered in the following languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Luxembourgish. The tour is offered from May 1st to October 1steveryday (except Monday). More info: HERE.
Bring your canoe and take it out on the river! Furthermore, the Youth Hostel in Lultzhausen organizes daily guided canoe trips in July and August. Further information for youth groups, kayak/canoe classes or any other water sports activities can be found at. Please note that individual rental isn’t possible without an international membership card of youth hostels for canoe tours.
Haute Sûre lake is located at an altitude of 323m, hence all dive sites are regarded as altitude dives. There are three main diving sites around the lake: Lultzhausen, Liefrange and Insenborn.
Check here or here or here if you consider diving in Esch-sur-Sûre.
Wind surfing and sailing
Upper-sur-Sûre reservoir is among the two places in Luxembourg where sailing is permitted without a motor. The second place is the lake in Echternach. Sailing and regattas classes are organized by Federation Luxembourgeoise de Voile. For further information; refer here and here and for weather forecast refer here
Where to stay?
The number of hotels in Esch-sur-Sûre are modest, so the choice won’t be too hard. 🙂 There are also several camping sites in Esch-sur-Sûre and its surrounding towns. There is one in Liefrange for example, one in Esch-sur-Sûre and one in Heischtergrund.
Thank you for reading until the end! 🙂 I hope you’ve liked my impressions and you got inspired to explore Luxembourg’s beautiful treasures. Keep an eye out for my next adventures in Luxembourg right here on Rosport Life. Before you go, check our my last article about Belval which is located in the south of Luxembourg in the municipality of Esch sur Alzette.
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