Luxembourg Ardennes – Lee Trail

The Éislek region in northern Luxembourg is crisscrossed by valleys and plateaus with panoramic views, medieval castles and idyllic villages. We are on a section of the 52-kilometer Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe. The entire trail can be completed in three days and leads from Ettelbrück to Kautenbach. It is a hiking pleasure with 2,000 meters of altitude gain that rewards you with great views. Lee means rocky ridge in Luxembourgish and the Escapardenne Lee Trail offers plenty of them.

Startpunkt der Tagesetappe ist Bourscheid-Moulin. Am Fluss Sauer gibt es verschiedenen Unterkunftsformen. Vom Hotel über Cottage-Suite mit Flussblick bis zum Campingplatz. Nur die Burg von Bourscheid ist nicht mehr bewohnt / © Foto: Georg Berg
The starting point of the day’s stage is Bourscheid-Moulin. There are various types of accommodation along the Sauer River. From hotels to cottage suites with river views to campsites. Only the castle of Bourscheid is no longer inhabited / © Photo: Georg Berg
Die Cottage Suiten des Cocoon Hotels La Rive sind ideal für einen naturverbundenen Urlaub. Die Cottages liegen direkt am Ufer der Sauer. Zwei Hotels mit Restaurantbetrieb sichern die Versorgung und gleich früh am morgen kann die Tour auf dem Escapardenne Lee Trail beginnen / © Foto: Georg Berg
The cottage suites at Cocoon Hotel La Rive are ideal for a nature-filled vacation. The cottages are located directly on the banks of the Sûre River. Two hotels with restaurants ensure the supply and first thing in the morning the tour on the Escapardenne Lee Trail can begin / © Photo: Georg Berg

The middle stage of the Escapadenne Lee Trail is 19 kilometers long and, with a good 900 meters of altitude gain, also the most demanding of the three sections through the Éislek region. It goes from Bourscheid-Moulin on the Sûre River to Hoscheid on the Ardennes plateau. In Burscheid-Moulin there are numerous accommodation options. Two hotels, cottage suites overlooking the river, and also a campground line the banks.

Auf dem Escapardenne Trail gewinnt man immer wieder Höhe und wird mit Blicken in die Landschaft belohnt / © Foto: Georg Berg
On the Escapardenne Trail you gain altitude again and again and are rewarded with views of the landscape / © Photo: Georg Berg

You should pack a lunch for this stage, as there are no places to stop along the way. Enchanted forest paths, rocky outcrops, lonely valleys, passages with blooming broom and every now and then a mountain ridge with a good view, however, offer many picnic opportunities. The sign of the white wave on a blue background is the official logo of the trail and accompanies you reliably along the entire route. In between there are always stage signs of the Escapardenne Lee Trail. Despite the good signposting, it is recommended to switch on a hiking app as your own backup.

Der erste Steilanstieg aus dem Tal der Sauer ist geschafft. Das Zeichen der weißen Welle auf blauem Grund ist das offizielle Zeichen des Trails / © Foto: Georg Berg
The first steep ascent out of the valley of the Sauer is done. The sign of the white wave on a blue background is the official sign of the trail / © Photo: Georg Berg
Eine Bank für die Brotzeit: Mit rund 19 Kilometern ist diese Tagesetappe die längste. Sie wird durch die Höhenmeter von Kamm zu Kamm zu einer tagesfüllenden Aktivität. Einkehrmöglichkeiten gibt es unterwegs kaum. Ein Lunchpaket sollte man dabei haben / © Foto: Georg Berg
A bench for a snack: at around 19 kilometers, this stage of the day is the longest. It becomes a day-filling activity due to the meters of altitude from ridge to ridge. There are hardly any refreshment stops along the way. You should have a packed lunch with you / © Photo: Georg Berg

Once you have left Burscheid behind, the next hiking stop is the Napoleonsknäppchen, also called Napoleonsbäumchen. It is located on a high plateau and is visible from afar. Except for a tree and the viewing platform, there is – almost – nothing else to see here. However, a farmer has placed a huge and also clearly visible manure pile next to the tree. This seems disrespectful at first, but maybe it’s good for the tree itself.

Kurze Geschichtslektion am Napoleonsknäppchen. Hier wurde 1811 zu Ehren der Geburt von Napoleons Sohn ein Baum gepflanzt / © Foto: Georg Berg
Short history lesson at the Napoleonsknäppchen. A tree was planted here in 1811 in honor of the birth of Napoleon’s son / © Photo: Georg Berg

Back to the historical significance of the Napoleon’s Knapchen. The original tree was planted in 1811 in honor of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte’s son. In 1940, this tree was cut down by the Nazis. But only a year later the local residents planted that linden tree, which still stands there today. After the excursion across the plateau, we continue through gorse bushes, which bloom profusely in June, and back into the forest.

Blühender Ginster säumt im Juni an vielen Stellen den Weg entlang des Escapardenne Lee Trails / © Foto: Georg Berg
Blooming broom lines the path along the Escapardenne Lee Trail in many places in June / © Photo: Georg Berg
Die Wanderung entlang schmaler Waldpfade ist Erholung pur / © Foto: Georg Berg
The hike along narrow forest trails is pure relaxation / © Photo: Georg Berg

What follows now is definitely one of the highlights of the trail. Via a steep path you climb the Molberlee ridge. It is a narrow path a good 500 meters long. To the left and to the right the only sparsely overgrown rock drops steeply. One walks over almost fine-leaved slates. The Mollbier, in German Heidelbeere, gives the ridge its name. This point is certainly one of the most beautiful in the Luxembourg Ardennes. The stage ends on a high plateau in the village of Hoscheid.

Der Molberlee Grat. Hier führt ein schmaler Pfad rund 500 Meter lang über bröseliges Schiefergestein. Es geht, auch wenn das Bild es nicht so zeigt, recht steil zu beiden Seiten hinab / © Foto: Georg Berg
The Molberlee ridge. Here a narrow path leads for about 500 meters over crumbly slate rock. It goes, even if the picture does not show it so, quite steeply down on both sides / © Photo: Georg Berg

Boarding please! Free ride through Luxembourg

The Éislek region in the Luxembourg Ardennes is one of five regions we explored on foot. We covered the distances between the daily stages by bus and train. Luxembourg offers its residents and visitors alike free public transportation throughout the country. Ticket booths have therefore had their day in the Grand Duchy. And with the nationwide Move We Carry service, we walked during the day without a care in the world, while our suitcases traveled from accommodation to accommodation with the luggage service. Up to six consecutive days can be booked online.

The Éislek region in the north of Luxembourg is dotted with valleys and plateaus with panoramic views, medieval castles and idyllic villages. We hike a section of the 52-kilometer Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe from Bourscheid-Moulin to Hoscheid. The entire trail can be completed in three days and leads from Ettelbrück to Kautenbach. A hiking pleasure with 2,000 meters of altitude, which rewards you with great views. Lee means ridge in Luxembourgish and the Escarpadenne Lee Trail offers plenty of ridges.

The middle stage of the Escapardenne Lee Trail is 19 kilometers long and, with a good 900 meters of altitude gain, also the most demanding of the three sections through the Éislek region. It goes from Bourscheid-Moulin on the Sûre River to Hoscheid on the Ardennes plateau. In Burscheid-Moulin, there are numerous accommodations. Two hotels as well as cottage suites overlooking the river and also a campground line the banks.

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For this stage in the Luxembourg Ardennes you should pack a lunch, because there are no refreshment stops along the way. Enchanted forest paths, rocky outcrops, lonely valleys, passages with blooming broom and every now and then a mountain ridge with a good view, however, offer many picnic opportunities. The sign of the white wave on a blue background is the official logo of the trail and accompanies you reliably along the entire route. In between there are always signs of the Escapardenne Lee Trail. Despite the good signposting, it is recommended to switch on a hiking app as your own backup.

Moselle, Minett or Mullerthal – Luxembourg City or the Éislek region – the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg offers hikers and cyclists a nature-oriented vacation with a nationwide free transportation system and a free luggage service. The topic of hiking in Luxembourg can be expanded in terms of content to include the following aspects:

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