The Great Outdoors in Luxembourg

Information on the facilities in Luxembourg for outdoor activities: walking, hiking, cycling and other activities in the area...

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has many marked paths for walking, hiking and cycling. Popular areas for outdoor sports include the Ardennes, Mullerthal in the east and Wellenstein in the Moselle region.

Most Tourist offices have information brochures, often in English and websites with details on activities in each area.

There are companies that hire out any specific equipment needed for excursions.

The Luxembourg Tourist office can provide information on adventure and sports activities:

Haute Sûre Nature Reserve

The Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre provides great opportunities for walking, mountain biking and horse riding. Water sports activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, swimming and fishing are possible on the lake.

In the winter, cross country skiing can be carried out in Harlange, provided there is enough snow.

  • Harlange Snow Line Tel: 42 82 82 20

Hiking in Luxembourg

Hiking is popular in the Grand Duchy and there is an extensive network of hiking trails and footpaths throughout the country. The trans-European hiking routes, E2 (from the Netherlands and the Mediterranean) and the E3 (Atlantic-Bohemian Forest Footpath) both traverse Luxembourg,

There are 27 national and cross border hiking trails in Luxembourg. Official hiking routes are marked with a blue triangle and national footpaths are marked with a yellow sign. Regional walking maps as well as topographical and tourist maps can be obtained from most Tourist Offices.

As well as the national hiking trails, a number of themed walks of varying distances and difficulty are possible. WebWalking is a website that allows users to plan their walk on the theme of their choice.

The Mullerthal region, known as Luxembourg's little Switzerland, is a popular area for hiking. The 112 Km Mullerthal trail is a natural path through forests, small canyons, rock formations and fields. Different distance hiking routes are available for all levels of fitness in the region.

In the Moselle vineyard region, hikers can choose between a local walking circuit of 7.9 Km or a national path of 55 Km in the River Moselle Valley.

The Seven Castles Valley extends from Merch to Garnich in the west of the country and offers 200 Km of marked walking routes.

Cycling and Mountain Biking in Luxembourg

Cycling is a popular pastime in Luxembourg and there is an extensive national network of cycling paths.

The Luxembourgish Ardennes offer 16 marked itineraries for mountain biking ranging from 10 to 40 Km, with varying levels of difficulty. Some itineraries are more specifically designed for families with children. In the summer, guided mountain biking tours can be organised.

The Luxembourg National Rail Company - CFL (Société des Chemins de Fer de Luxembourg) provides information on 40 signposted walks and 10 cycling tours that all start and end at a rail station.

The Lëtzebuerger Vëlos-Initiativ (LVI) is a not-for-profit association whose aim is to improve the conditions and safety for cyclists in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg section of the Fédération Francophone Belge du Cyclotourisme organises regular cycling trips, meet-ups and cycling outings for families.

Climbing in Luxembourg

The main spot for outdoor climbing is Berdorf in the Mullerthal region. This is a nature preservation area and in order to climb a permit is necessary.

  • To apply for a one day climbing permit download the form and send it to the following address at least 15 days before the planned climbing trip
    • Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures 
      Département de l’environnement
      L – 2918 Luxembourg

Horse Riding in Luxembourg

The Upper Sûre Nature Park in the Luxembourg Ardennes provides over 120 Km of bridal paths. Detailed maps can be obtained in the park showing the routes available for horse riders

For further information about horse riding, contact the Luxembourg federation of Equestrian Sports:

Watersports

The Echternach Lake offers various watersports including windsurfing, canoeing and fishing.

The Esch-sur-Sûre Lake is one of the main reservoirs of the Grand-Duchy. Watersports such as diving, canoeing, swimming and windsurfing can be practiced on the lake. A part of the lake is not accessible to the public.

Rosport provides water skiing on the Moselle River over a 42 Km distance from Ahn, Bech-Kleinmacher, Ehnen, Grevenmacher, Remich and Wasserbillig. Courses are also provided on the Rosport reservoir from May to October.

  • Luxembourg Water Skiing Union (Union Luxembourgeoise de Ski Nautique)
    At: 3, route d'Arlon, L-8009 Luxembourg
    Tel: 48 56 42

Hot Air Ballooning

Luxembourg has facilities for hot air ballooning, early morning or evening in the summer and at any time of the day in the winter season. Bookings should generally be made a few days in advance.

Gliding

Gliding may be practiced during the weekend from April to October in Useldange.