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Minett Trail

Starting point
Rue de la Montagne, Clemency
Destination
Route de Mondorf, Bettembourg
Distance
63,32 km
Duration
16:55 h
Difficulty
medium
  • Condition
  • Technique
Highest point
416 Hm
Lowest point
267 Hm
Aggregated Ascent
654 Hm
Aggregated Descent
692 Hm
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Description
Scenic

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.

The Floater (Dudelange), the Gonner Haus (Rumeldange), and the Aalen Arbed’s Büro (Tetange), opened their doors on August 1, 2022.

More “Kabaisercher” hiking huts will be opened from now until the end of the year.

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The path of change

Outdoors Passion

Showcasing the scenic beauty of Luxembourg’s southern region, the Minett Trail is sure to capture the hearts of nature and history lovers alike. The trail winds its way over 90 kilometres through the former heartland of the steel industry. A hiking adventure into Luxembourg’s industrial past and through its natural beauty.

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Winners of the Tourism Awards 2023

The entirety of the "Minett Trail" and its 11 "Kabaisercher" were a finalist at the second edition of the Luxembourg Tourism Awards in 2023.

On July 14. the project won the Tourism Award 2023 in the category "Gîtes" - a recognition of all the hard work and dedication to a premium tourism offer put on display by all the partners involved in the "Minett Trail" project.


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