Peaks and Panoramas
High, forested plateaux, schistose rocks, wooded hills fringing hidden valleys, dressed in all colours in autumn and covered with broom in spring: an impressing view for everybody who visits the Luxembourg Ardennes. Once passed the gateway of the Ardennes beyond Ettelbruck or Diekirch, numerous castles and fortifications testimony the rich past of this region. In Vianden you can visit the most beautiful medieval castle west of the Rhine.
Troisvierges and Hachiville possess remarkable high altars, built by the greatest Flemish masters. The castle of Clervaux has been chosen by the famous American photographer Edward Steichen for his marvellous exhibition "The Family of Man". The Luxembourg Ardennes are also the region of Natural Parks, the Upper-Sûre lake and the Our valley. The local products are excellent; Wiltz and Diekirch are charming brewery cities.
The extremely diverse landscape of the Luxembourg Ardennes also called the "Ösling, is a challenge to mountain bike enthusiasts like none other. There are 15 well-signposted routes with a total length of 300 kilometres, crossing dense forests, traversing deep valley and on occasions passing imposing castles.
Member of the Upper-Sûre Nature Park
Consisting of plateaus, narrow valleys with wooded slopes and the lake of the Upper-Sûre dam, built in the 1960s to meet the country's drinking water requirements, the Natural Park area is the right place for leisure activities and aquatic pursuits. Learning about an ecosystem or for research, wildlife and nature tourism is becoming increasingly important here.
During the Summer months, interesting nature park festivals are held such as the Kino um Séi (cinema by the lake) festival in Insenborn and the regional farmers' market Maart a Musik (market and music) in Eschdorf.
The House of the Park in the former cloth factory in Esch-sur-Sûre contains the reception and information centre about the activities in the region and is the first point of sale for buying typical regional products.
The following communes form the Upper-Sûre Natural Park: Boulaide, Esch-sur-Sûre, Lac de la Haute Sûre, Winseler