Written by mahnster on 06 Feb, 2003
Echternach is located about 44km from Luxembourg. The bike path from Luxembourg City starts by taking you through little villages as you get away from the capital city. After about 20km, you find yourself riding through open fields and then through forests. The ride from…Read More
Echternach is located about 44km from Luxembourg. The bike path from Luxembourg City starts by taking you through little villages as you get away from the capital city. After about 20km, you find yourself riding through open fields and then through forests. The ride from Luxembourg City is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend it.
Echternach itself is a little town on the bank of the Sure River. The town is a great place to spend a day or two. The town has cobblestone streets lined with three- to four-story brick buildings. The town is dominated by the Basilica of St. Willibrord and an abbey. The surrounding countryside offers a lot of chances to hike through the woods.
The youth hostel is located in the middle of the town and is a nice place to stay. Note that you cannot check into the hostel until 5:00pm. There are lots of restaurants in the city with French, German, or Chinese food. I recommend trying the Chinese restaurant near the Basilica.
Written by Schubidu on 20 Aug, 2010
We have gone to a few places we maybe would not have gone to, had it not been for a game of soccer. This time it was the Greek National Team playing Luxembourg in the play -offs for the 2010 World Cup. We arrived on…Read More
We have gone to a few places we maybe would not have gone to, had it not been for a game of soccer. This time it was the Greek National Team playing Luxembourg in the play -offs for the 2010 World Cup. We arrived on the Friday afternoon in rainy Luxembourg, right on time as it turned out, the owner of our hotel was just about to lock up for the afternoon. We had booked into the Hotel Bella Napoli. Most reviews I had read in preparation for the trip pointed out the place to be spotless but somewhat Spartan. Spartan was the word as it turned out, but more on that in my review of the place. It was pouring down with rain and we had about three and a half hours drive to Luxembourg from Germany, the last hour or so along country roads. We occupied our room and had a little nap. Later on in afternoon, we turned to our travel guide for advice on where to go to for dinner. As it turned out, going for a meal in Luxembourg on a rainy Friday night in September is expensive and somewhat impossible without a reservation. All the places we went to were booked up. We had parked our car near a restaurant that at first glance looked like the restaurant of a senior citizens home, as there were only elderly couples inside. Having gone past several times looking for somewhere to eat, we finally took a second look and it turned out to be okay. The next day wasn't quite as wet, so we took a long walk up and down the town, that is really beautiful indeed. The town's history museum is quite interesting, too - we had the odd spot of rain. At lunch time, we had another surprise coming, for one thing you can't always trust travel guides for our choice of restaurant - ours didn't exist anymore- but what is more important, most places don't serve lunch/food after 2:30h. We found a steak house-type restaurant, which was okay, however we prefer to sample the local cuisine when abroad. Access to the soccer stadium JosY Barthel is easy enough by public transport. Parking is an issue in Luxembourg! We had parked our car in the carpark near the hotel as the owner recommended the train station car park being reasonably priced. If you can call € 50,- fee for Friday early afternoon until Sunday lunch time reasonable, I guess it was. On our way home we went to Vianden. Vianden is on the German border and a lovely little town with a restored castle towering above, part of the old town wall has been restored, too. It is full of restaurants for such a small place, too. I guess it is a popular get-away for citizens from Luxembourg and the surrounding German areas. A word on language, knowing French is helpful, even though Luxembourg's language is a kind of German dialect, most employees in shops and restaurants are from near-by Belgium and native French speakers. Close