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.
Esch-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!
Esch-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!
However, 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?