The Müllerthal Trail is often nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’. As a former scout boy and chiro girl, we are both avid enthusiasts of the Swiss alps. Expectations were high, to say the least. They also say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So we packed our bags and strapped our shoes to find out if it would meet our expectations. A swift 3 hour car drive later, we were in the heart of the ‘mysterious Müllerthal’.
Let’s cut right to the chase: the Müllerthal Trail is more than worth it. Let there be no doubt about that. A treat for the eye with a stunning all-round scenery and magnificent rock formations. But the comparison with the Swiss Alps was not the first thing that came to mind.
Not because it isn’t valid, but because we were constantly thinking that we were in the midst of the next Lord of The Rings movie (filmed in New Zealand). I was waiting until an orc would jump from one of the sky-high rock formations, which are abundant on trail 2. Maybe this is my ‘nerd-personality’ taking over but mystery seems to be lurking around every corner.
Gloomy gorges and narrow crevices, wooden bridges over babbling brooks in the middle of the forest, gloomy cliffs and mossy rocks: the Müllerthal Trail seems to be plucked right from a fairy tale.
Add the extensive color palette (warm leafy colors, mossy green, grey rocks) to the equation and we would walk those winding paths again in the blink of an eye.
Why walk the Müllerthal in a nutshell
In need of some peace and quiet? It’s the perfect getaway for your (digital) detox. Time seems to stand still in the woods and the tiny but charming villages that you pass along the way.
2. But don’t think it will be boring. The trail offers you loads of diversity and adventure. Don’t forget your flashlight to get through the narrow crevices.
3. If you are into photography, the trail is an absolute treat. You can keep on clicking: from wide fields just outside of the forest to the smallest details. Just look up, down, around, everywhere…feast your eyes!
Which trail? You have 3 loops. We did trail two, because it's the most adventurous one. If you research, they also say that it is ‘physically demanding’, but this is quite ok. It’s about 38 km which you can easily split up in two days.
Where to start? Stay a night in Echternach before you start you walk. We walked counter-clockwise Echternach – Consdorf – Echternach (passing Berdorf and Müllerthal on the first day). The first day offers more variety, but you are less tired so you tend to enjoy it more.
Where to sleep? We chose a bungalow at Camping La Pinède in Consdorf. Small but comfortable, perfect for a one night stay. You can have diner in town, but we recommend to try the restaurant BRASSERIE OP BUERGKAPP at La Pinède which offers good quality, a cozy setting and friendly staff. Try the local dish Gromperkichelchen, you won’t regret it.