A Luxemburgian surprise!

From time to time we book a little trip. A little getaway from everyday life. Just for a weekend or even a day! That’s how we booked a trip to Esch-sur-Sûre, Luxembourg. Just a two hour drive away from our home, but an entirely different atmosphere! We’ve spent two nights in this cute town and were absolutely swept away.

The Town

20180526_175000-01.jpegEsch-sur-Sûre, a tiny Luxemburgian town tucked away in the hills of the Ardennes. It seemed like a nice getaway from our day to day lives. A quiet place, surrounded by lots of green. The town itself even only counts about a few hunderd inhabitants! Before going there we had never even heard of it, but now it really captured a place in our hearts. It was just what we wanted for the relaxing weekend getaway we had planned. It’s a very quiet town, surrounded by the Nature Park Upper Sûre so it’s absolutely perfect for relaxing. However if you do want to go out and visit something (which we always do, even on a relaxing trip), the town also offers a stunning castle ruin which is over a thousand years old!

The Nature

20180526_171156-01.jpegEsch-sur-Sûre is surrounded by the river Sûre and the high and steep hills of the Nature Park Upper Sûre. The landscape is marked by high hills, deep valleys, a winding river, and high farmland plateaus. At the center of the park is a large water reservoir which provides water to about 70% of the Luxemburgian households! Needless to say that this is a paradise for your inner hiker! The gorgeous views you get to see and the fresh air you get to breath are priceless. We had a bit of a wander through the woods as well and had a great time!

The History

20180527_104104-01.jpegHowever, if you want more than just nature, there is also a bit of history attached to this place. The castle ruins really dominate the town. This truly is a ‘castle on the hill’ as the ruins sit on the top and the town is built on its slopes. It was first built in 927 which means it’s already over a thousand years old. Throughout the years both the town as well as the castle expanded. For example the two Gothic towers on the two hilltops date back to the 15th century due to an increased need of protection. After this expansion however, the castle started to decline. Up untill the 19th century the castle had a few families living in it, but this didn’t last either. The castle deteriorated even more, leaving us the ruins they now are which remind us of the proud castle it once was.

Esch-sur-Sûre really surprised us! It was perfect for a weekend as there was plenty to see or do, but not too much so you still have all the time you need to relax.

Do you also like to go on these short getaways? What was one that you would really recommend?


24 thoughts on “A Luxemburgian surprise!

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  2. We spent a long weekend in Luxembourg in 2014 and absolutely loved it. We cycled and hiked in a few places and the country is so green that it looks like a huge park. It is indeed a very relaxing place. Nice pics and story (Suzanne)

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  3. I’ve driven through Luxomburg to get to other countries on the Continent but never stopped to imagine what this small country is made of, your photos show such a wonderful looking and peaceful village, Luxomburg needs to be on my list of countries to visit as I’ve definitely missed out so far.

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  4. Esch-sur-Sûre sounds like a nice getaway. The fact that it is relatively unknown makes it even more alluring. The landscapes look beautiful and it seems an excellent place to commune with nature. Also the ruins of the castle sound really intriguing, something we would love to explore.

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  5. sarahrmorrison

    What a great little getaway! I really want to see Luxembourg, especially after reading your post. While I was living in Italy, we missed some of the smaller countries, because we just didn’t know the best way to get to them. Did you drive? There are tons of great little getaways in Italy. I also did a few weekend escapes in northern France as well.

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  6. Lara Dunning

    I do like to go on short getaways, and I love to visit small towns. Thanks for putting this one on my radar, as my kind of traveling includes history and the great outdoors. Do you have any hotel and dining recommendations?

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