90 kilometers of walks in a nature reserve in a unique region
In the south of Luxembourg, the name Minett brings to mind an area rich in history, culture, and nature. Iron ore (minett) and its extraction on an industrial scale have shaped the area’s inhabitants, landscapes, and biosphere.
The 90-kilometer Minett Trail passes through several former open-pit mines, which, over the past 40 years since their closure, have been gradually reclaimed by nature.
Each of the trail’s 10 sections, ranging from seven to 15 kilometers, offer hikers magnificent views and moving multisensory experiences while discovering this southern region, rich in biodiversity.
Flowering orchids, lush greenery, and red land, along with the colors and scents of the characteristic iron ore, give rise to fascinating scenery dotted with mines.
Labelled “Man and Biosphere” by UNESCO for its quality, this group of sites is part of the prestigious international network of more than 700 biosphere reserves in 124 countries.
Revitalise yourself in quirky hiking huts
To make it easy for hikers to spend the night on the trail, hiking huts (called “Kabaisercher” in Luxembourgish) have been set up along the way.
These include old industrial buildings, gateways, schools, factories, and passenger train cars. They have been given a new life following an architecture competition organised in cooperation with the national order of architects and engineering consultants, the OAI.
These works of architectural beauty, spread among the 11 communes of Esch2022, have been designed to provide relaxation and comfort after a stretch of rigorous hiking.
More “Kabaisercher” hiking huts will be opened from now until the end of the year.