Echternach - an abbey town with character
The historical and cultural center of the Mullerthal Region - Luxembourg's Little Switzerland as well as the oldest city of Luxembourg (5.600 inhabitants) has retained its medieval ambience: labyrinthine streets, remains and towers of the ancient city wall and a marketplace with a Gothic town house take the visitor back in time.
In the center there is a museum of prehistory and at the lake there are the remains of the largest Roman villa north of the Alps, along with a visitor center and a permanent exhibition.
The former courthouse “Denzelt” belongs to the main attractions of Echternach. Some parts of the building go back to the 14th century. The reconstruction of the court after a fire in 1444 largely gave the building its present appearance and Gothic and Renaissance elements mingle on the facade. During the restoration in 1898, the statues of Virgin Mary, King Salomon and the four cardinal virtues were added.
The city of Echternach also has a wide cultural offer with a large calendar of events during the summer months: concerts such as the International Festival of Echternach with classic music in May and June, its Jazz concerts in September, folklore festivals and flea markets provide a lively atmosphere. The Trifolion is a generously designed cultural and congress center with a sophisticated program. A large recreational area with lake, bike and hike trails and an adventure playground make a holiday here worthwhile. In addition to hotels and restaurants, there are two campsites and a modern youth hostel situated next to the lake.
EDEN: European Destination of Excellence. Echternach was rewarded with this EU- award because of its quality in the field of sustainable tourism.
5 Museums - center of cultur in Echternach
- Museum of prehistory & porcelain from Echternach
The exhibition focuses on the technical evolution of lithic tools and weapons over a period of more than a million years.
- The Roman Villa Echternach
The modern visitors' center provides a clear and vivid picture of everyday life in the manor of the Roman villa and is one of the biggest Roman Villas north of the Alps.
- Museum of the Abbey
The Museum of the Abbey in the vaulted cellars of the abbey palace (1727) features facsimiles of the most beautiful manuscripts of the famous Echternach scriptorium. It also provides manifold information about Willibrord's life and work.
- The Documentation Center about the Dancing Procession
The Documentation Center displays paintings, texts, maps, photos and films about the history and organization of the Dancing Procession and the eventful history of the Basilica.
- The museum of rural architecture
This small museum is on the first floor of the Rococo pavilion located in the municipal park.
Castle Beaufort & Renaissance Castle
Impressive ruins of a 12th century castle with tower, huge walls, torture room. After the visit you may try the famous Casero, a delicious blackcurrant liqueur which is still produced in the basement of the castle.
Discover the Renaissance castle which was built in the 17th century by governor Beck. This castle is one of the best preserved castles in the Grand-Duchy and is now open to visitor groups.
During the guided tours of the castle, the adjacent farm buildings and the two gardens will play a role as well. This is in line with the former chatelaine, who wanted to provide an authentic picture of life in and around the castle.
The entrance is located at the castle ruins, which you can also explore on your own.
Find more informations under www.chateau-beaufort.lu