The Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall was founded in 2016 and is the most recent of Luxembourg's three nature reserves. It groups together 11 municipalities (Beaufort, Bech, Berdorf, Consdorf, Echternach, Fischbach, Heffingen, Larochette, Nommern, Rosport-Mompach and Waldbillig) along the German border in eastern Luxembourg, over a total area of 256km2 and with a population of 25,000 residents.
The region's main features are its spectacular rock formations, steep slopes and breathtaking panoramic views over the high plateaus, deep valleys and extensive forests. But above all, its landscape spotted with surprising rocky hills are what have earned this region the nickname of Luxembourg's Little Switzerland.
This green region, which also includes the valleys of the Black Ernz, White Ernz and the Lower Sûre, invites hikers to stroll through the corridors carved into rocks, and offers climbing or mountain biking for more sporty visitors.
The reserve's missions
The Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall aims to promote the sustainable development of the region whilst encouraging economic, environmental and social development. In short, it aims to provide the region with a certain quality of life. In practice, this means the protection of water tables and all watercourses, as well as the use of responsible regional logging.
The nature reserve is neither an enclosed area nor a national park. It serves as a platform to implement European, national, regional and local projects in the field of nature and landscape conservation together with its many partners, the member municipalities and their citizens. Some of the projects completed at regional level include: a community garden, an educational trail on bees, a pilot project to extensify communal green areas and the planting of over 1,000 fruit trees so as to preserve meadow orchards.
The Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall also supports the promotion of regional products and is committed to educating people about the region, whether in terms of its flora and fauna, history, culture, crafts or architecture.