Thematic paths Pit Gelz
Discover the history of the city of Luxembourg
This trail provides information about the various aspects of the natural environment and the man-made environment in the city of Luxembourg (fortress, old town and the parts of the town outside the walls). It describes the landscape and the biotopes present, and also deals with subjects like market gardening and urbanisation. This route is identical to the Wenzel cultural route, which received the Henry Ford prize for conservation of nature and heritage in Europe in 1996.
The route starts with a visit to the archaeological crypt of the former count's castle, the actual cradle of the city and the country (963). The path follows fortifications from the Middle Ages, the Spanish period (XVItth century), Louis XIV (1684) and other eras. The Wenceslas Wall was once 875 m long and equipped with 37 towers and 15 gates. One of them is the Gothic "Dinseltor". The mighty fortress towers of the Rham plateau now belong to the newly laid out path. The four defense towers have been completely restored and shine in new splendor. The moat was exposed again. The casemates are accessible. It is believed that this part of the wall was built in 1420 and 1424. The railway line to Liège has been running through reinforced fortifications since 1862. At that time it was feared attacks with armored trains. There is a new panoramic viewpoint not far from the railway bridge. The tour continues to the barracks built under Vauban. The defense towers provide a previously unknown panoramic view of the Corniche, the Cité Judiciaire and the red bridge.
For your safety
Be careful on wet stairs.
Put on good shoes. No special equipment required.
Public transport: Easy to acces via the bus lines 9,14,15
Getting there: Get off the bus at the Bockkasematten stop
Parking: Parking along the street