The Ardennes, called 'Éisleck' by Luxembourgers or 'Oesling' by the Germans, are in the north of the country and represent one third of the surface of Luxembourg and almost half of the woodlands.
A country of beautiful landscapes ...
The Éisleck is a very green area with splendid landscapes, where high plateaus alternate with steep slopes and wooded valleys with murmuring rivers.
In the heart of the Ardennes, the nature reserves of the Our and the Upper Sûre, with its reservoir, which is also the largest lake in the Grand Duchy, attract nature lovers and offer many opportunities for leisure and recreation (swimming, water sports, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking ...). For cyclists, a couple of mountain bike trails, carefully marked, and with a total length of 300km, run across the entire region.
... with fairytale castles
In addition to the intact nature, small villages with old farmhouses and picturesque towns with imposing castles are typical of the region. Sometimes there are only ruins, but most of the time visitors can visit the sumptuous buildings partially preserved or completely rebuilt.
Among these castles, Vianden Castle, restored to its former glory, is certainly one of the historical gems of the country. At night, Bourscheid Castle, another castle partially restored and enriching Luxembourg's medieval heritage, is illuminated and stands, majestically overlooking the valley of the Sûre.
Clervaux Castle houses the famous photographic exhibition 'The Family of Man' by Luxembourg-born American photographer Edward Steichen. This is one of the largest permanent photographic exhibitions in Europe, and was entered in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO.
... with a vast cultural offer
Music and theatre lovers mustn't miss the Festival of Wiltz, which takes place every year in July around the castle of Wiltz.
The 'Gënzefest' (broom festival) in Wiltz on Whit Monday, the Cavalcade (carnival parade) in Diekirch on Carnival Sunday, the Nut Market ('Nëssmoort') in Vianden or the pilgrimage of Fatima by Portuguese immigrants are important festivals.