The German-Luxembourg Nature Park is one of the greatest examples of Luxembourg's open-mindedness. This first European cross-border nature reserve is located on both sides of the river Our and covers an area of approximately 800km2 (500 square miles). Nature and discovery - here I come! In fact, the park features over 170km (105 miles) of trails for hiking lovers. The trails go through unique cultural and natural landscapes. It also offers family adventures and adrenaline boosts for climbing fans.
Local development is one of the key elements of the park's management. Breathtaking landscapes with their own particular distinctiveness are preserved within a collaborative framework with cross-border regions. It is a precious place and an invitation to slow tourism that goes hand in hand with lifestyles in harmony with nature, and it will really allow you to disconnect.
Hiking trails, sport climbing and a hidden treasure await you!
Overall, 23 Premium routes have been developed over the past few years. The trails go through vast forests, pastures and abundant grassland. Hikers can also explore hop fields, deep valleys, mysterious gorges and striking rock formations.
One of the park's most spectacular natural monuments is the Wollefsschlucht rock formation, meaning the 'wolf's gorge'. It is located in the vicinity of Echternach, the capital of the Mullerthal region. The structure and stratification of Luxembourgish sandstones are highly visible on the rock walls that rise up to 50 meters high. Legend has it that a treasure is hidden in the gorge and guarded by a dog with sparkling eyes... who is in actual fact a haunted Count! Families and children can have fun in the footsteps of two Echternach boys who, supposedly, saw the treasure through the crevice one day.
Fans of pure adventures are also in for a treat by exploring this German-Luxembourg Park. Two trails go through areas specifically designed for sport climbing. You will find the Kalekapp and Wanterbach rocks on the Felsenweg 3 – Ferschweiler – Berdorf trail. As for the Eifelgold Route, it combines climbing, old windmills and 550 butterfly species.
Lovers of interesting geographic features can visit the Lieler/Ouren European monument located around 100 meters away from the German border. It marks the Luxembourg-Belgium-Germany tri-border area. It is undoubtedly a symbol of unity between these European countries.
Sustainable development and slow tourism - a happy couple
If you would like to reconnect with the pace of nature, feel the delights of rural life and the origins of food, then look no further - the German-Luxembourg Nature Park is undoubtedly the right slow tourism getaway for you.
Indeed, the park supports the region's sustainable development. As a result, social, environmental and economic concerns are all taken into account when planning actions.
That was the case, for example, of the School of Taste (École du Goût). The initiative promotes reflection on the link between our plates and the environment, climate and regional development. Through training and active exchanges between stakeholders in the food production sector, the École du Goût raises public awareness on sustainable nutritional culture. Since mid-2018, the École du Goût also covers the municipalities of the Mullerthal nature reserve.