Upper Sûre Nature Reserve, located in the Ardennes, in the north-east of the country, was the first nature reserve to be created in Luxembourg. Since 1999, the park has combined work, leisure and ecology over an area of 162km2. The reserve covers five municipalities, has around 13,700 inhabitants and is largely dominated by wooded slopes and high plateaus outlined against a distant background where horizons and skies meet.
At the heart of this picture-perfect atmosphere is the reservoir created at the end of the 1950s. It covers 380ha and supplies two thirds of the population with drinking water. It is without a doubt the biggest lake in Luxembourg. Each year the Upper Sûre lake attracts many nature fans and offers visitors many options to practice water sports.
The small villages with old farms and carefully renovated houses are typical of this region. High-quality local products can be enjoyed in the region's network of gastronomic houses.
Discover the park
One of the objectives of the park, which aims to be a development hub for a region that is essentially agricultural, is to preserve and promote the region's natural and cultural resources. Furthermore, it helps the development of new economic perspectives for the region and its inhabitants, especially with the production of regional products vum Séi (literally: from the lake): meat, tea and aromatic herbs, wool blankets, spelt derivatives, etc.
The park's information centre is located in Esch-sur-Sûre in the old drapery, which has been restored and converted into a visitor centre. It offers an interactive exhibition on nature, culture and landscapes, and a drapery museum.
The Maison du parc (Park Visitor Centre) is the perfect starting point for all visitors to the park to discover the region. Whether it's a trip by a solar-powered boat on the lake or walks along educational trails in the region, the tourism activities available offer both active and more relaxing options.
Among all these options, a rich cultural and architectural heritage is just waiting to be discovered: chapels, churches, museums, commemorative monuments, as well as a vast network of around 700km of hiking trails will delight visitors. The themed routes, include the sculpture trail (4km), for which six international sculptors worked their stones on the spot and adapted them in the best possible way to the landscape surrounding the reservoir.