People don’t give much thought to Luxembourg for their next holiday destination. It doesn’t have an exotic ring to it nor does it speak to the imagination. After our weekend trip, we disagree. It has a certain quirkiness and preserved its authenticity, which we loved. Two characteristics inherent to the oldest town of Luxemburg: Echternach
Little but charming
Echternach is the perfect base for starting the Müllerthal trail. Don’t make the mistake to skip this quirky little town: soak up the culture and relax before you get lost in the beautiful Müllerthal nature.
Head to the Place du Marché, the main square packed with bars, restaurants and tea rooms. Turn off your Google Maps and just take a stroll through this baroque style city. It’s quite little, but cozy, charming and authentic. Perfect to spend a day and night.
The cobble stone streets and cute colorful houses in the historic part of town are overlooked by the Basilica of St. Willibrord, considered as the most important religious building in the country. For culture lovers: the abbey is just next door and houses a museum.
Done with culture? Direction Rue de La Gare or Place du Marché for a refreshing beer or coffee and cake. We recommend the ‘Chocolate House’. What’s in a name: they have over 30 different ‘hot chocolate spoons’ on their menu. Perfect sugar rush to go completely loco.
Sunset walks on the Sauer bank river
Finish your day with a romantic sunset walk through the city park, but don’t forget to walk a little bit further. A nice stroll on the banks of the Sauer River, with the sun going down behind the Roman bridge, is the perfect way to end your day before spending your evening in one of the bars or restaurants on Rue De La Gare. A lot of typical ‘tourist restaurants’ so we chose the one that caught our eye, or rather our ear. Music, cocktails, a terrace decorated with flowers, a friendly waiter: der Philisoff was all we needed for a perfect night out.
Where to sleep?
We stayed at B&B Roudenhaff, which is a little bit out of town (10 min drive), but you do get a nice view on Echternach lake and the region. The rich breakfast is the perfect fuel to start hiking the Müllerthal Trail!