This week, we’re following Luxembourgish Laurent on a visit to Esch-sur-Sûre, taking in views of the river, a medieval castle and steep forested slopes.
Esch-sur-Sûre (lux. Esch-Sauer, Esch am Lach) is a tiny village located in the Upper Sûre Nature Park, in the south of the Wiltz canton. It clings to the sides of an enormous rock of Devonian schists and sandstones, following the sharp meander of the river Sûre. The ruins of a 10th Century medieval castle romantically oversee the village. The surroundings of Esch-sur-Sûre offer extensive hiking trails, where you can discover the meadows of the river at the bottom of the deep valleys, steep forested slopes, the Upper Sûre Lake and the high farmland plateaux with gorgeous views over the region.
Esch-sur-Sûre (8,78 km – Auto-Pedestre)
You can start the trail at the bridge by the hotel Beau Site and head up the road leaving the village. After 900 metres, take the stairs right of the country road (CR 316) and dive into the shady woods of the “Elterbierg” slopes. On your way, get a view of the 50 m-high dam with its hydro-electricity plant, constructed in 1955. Behind the dam spreads the Upper Sûre Lake, at 19 km long, source of drinking water and popular recreation spot.
Continue through the forest. After nearly 4 km, you reach the cultivated countryside. Follow the country road for a while, then take the farm lane on your left. Range across the fields with sights of the villages of Goesdorf (lux. Géisdref) and Heiderscheid (lux. Heischent), sitting on the ridges of the “Eislek” plateaux. Be on the lookout and don’t miss the path on your right (6,65 km). Follow the edge of the forest and stop at the viewpoint with impressive panoramas of Esch-sur-Sûre. Get ready for the descent towards the starting point, with more nice views.
After the walk, take your time and stay a while to explore the village.
Date this walk was done: July 31, 2016
Duration: 1h 50min
Elevation: 275-477 m
Level: moderate (6/10)
Walking ground quality: good, some narrow and bumpy sectors
noun ~ the activity of walking in the countryside for pleasure.