Best for: Ethereal forests, dizzying ridge walks and panoramic views
Two Leading ‘Best of Europe’ Quality Trails stretch for 158 km across the Ardennes from Luxembourg into Belgium: the Escapardenne Lee and Eislek trails.
The 52 km-long Escapardenne Lee Trail offers some of the best walking in the Éislek region. Around Kautenbach and Hoscheid, the ridge sections feel more Alpine than Ardennes. Expect the unexpected: an isolated woodland church; the Klangwee sound trail of rustic instruments. Refuel with a hearty lunch at the Hôtel des Ardennes in Hoscheid.
The Escapardenne Eislek Trail is a more challenging 106 km of ups-and-downs, offering tranquil river valleys, historic sites and charming settlements. Detour to Clervaux with its UNESCO-listed ‘The Family of Man’ photography collection and enjoy a romantic meal in the turreted castle.
Worried about the weight of a heavy rucksack? There are 'hiking without luggage' packages in Luxembourg for the Escapardenne Trail.
Best for: Deep-cut ravines, wildflower meadows and sun-bathed vineyards.
What a great name for these circular routes leading through the dreamy landscapes of the Moselle region. Take your pick from three premium hiking trails.
Schengen without Borders
Starting from the European Museum, the eight-kilometre trail heads through Strombierg Nature Reserve. Pause at the observation platform, taking in the sweep of the River Moselle, before crossing into France with the fragrant vineyards of Contz-les-Bains.
Wine and Nature Path Palmberg Ahn
Hike high above the Moselle valley, taking in woodland, limestone cliffs, orchid meadows and a canyon forest of waterfalls on this nine-kilometre walk. A glass or two of the Moselle’s finest wines will help you on your way.
From Am Burfeld climb through the nature reserve of Manternacher Fiels to follow a wooded ravine to the Lelliger plateau before stepping down through vineyard terraces to Manternach on this 10-kilometre walk.
Best for: Ancient woodlands, bizarre rock formations, wildflower meadows and hill-top castles.
Difficulty: Easy to challenging
Delux in name and deluxe in nature: the Naturwanderpark Delux is a cross-border area of premium walks that extends from the Eifel in Germany to the Éislek region and Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. It takes in twenty-three superb circular hiking trails that criss-cross four Nature parks.
Choose from four exciting cliff trails (the Felsenweg walks) around Echternach, Weilerbach and Dillingen in Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Enjoy three border walks that straddle the River Our in Germany and Luxembourg.
The trails offer glimpses of some of Luxembourg’s finest fortifications and ruins too, including Beaufort and Vianden castles. Explore local museums, mills and settlements along the way and relax with a drink or meal in one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants found on or near the trails.