Discover interesting and little-known facts about the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall in our short video features. With this series we would like to introduce you to the special features of our region in an exciting and entertaining way.
We are very happy to show you the region of Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall from different perspectives and hope that you will also learn something new.

The orchard meadows (LU Bongerten) are characteristic features of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall region. These are part of the cultural and natural heritage and shape the region in many ways. The high-quality fruit of the orchard meadows have always been used for a wide variety of purposes. Even today, local producers still refine the fruit of the orchard meadows into delicious and regionally typical products (apple juice, brandies, cider and many more).

For this reason, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise the “Mount vum Bongert” in 2020, together with its partners Office Régional du Tourisme – Région Mullerthal – Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise (ORT-MPSL), Leader Region Mëllerdall, Administration de la nature et des forêts (ANF) and Mëllerdaller Produzenten a.s.b.l. This year’s edition took place between the 20th September and the 25th October and invited visitors to discover the orchards of the Mëllerdall.

Culinary highlights

During the “Mount vum Bongert”, various restaurants in the region created menus using both the refined orchard products and fresh fruits from the region’s orchard meadows.

Léierbongert (didactic orchard)

Between the 29th September and the 21st October, 15 school classes from Cycle 3 and 4 (190 children in total) from 3 communes of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall visited the first “Léierbongert” in Luxembourg. The children had to solve tasks at 8 stations in the fields of mathematics, sciences, French, German and Luxembourgish. The “Léierbongert” was also open to the public from the 28th September to the 5th October.

Fruit varieties Drive-In

Those lucky enough to own a orchard meadow or even single fruit trees at home, had the opportunity to have their apple and pear varieties determined by pomologist Richard Dahlem at the two Drive-Ins in Born and in Schrondweiler. The two Drive-ins were a great success.

Rare apple varieties such as « Lütticher Ananaskalvill » and « Gelbe Schafsnase » have been localised and will be used, after consultation with the owners, to propagate these rare trees and preserve the varieties in the long term.

For the whole family

On October 10th a picking event in an orchard in Bech took place, where apples, pears and even walnuts were picked and collected.

Exactly one week later, the little ones were able to press apple juice together with the ANF in Echternach and could take their own apple juice home with them.

At the Generatiounsgaart in Beaufort, school classes also learned how to make delicious juice from apples and how to make apple compote on the fireplace.

Traditional festivals

Besides the activities of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, the traditional plum and apple juice festivals took place for example in Cruchten on the 19 th and the 20th September and in Echternach on 10th and 11th October. During these festivals, the importance of the orchards is celebrated annually.

Due to the success and the high demand for all of these activities during the first edition of the “Mount vum Bongert”, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise this event series every year and also to extend the range of activities. With this event we would like to celebrate the orchard meadows annually.

The entire team of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall would like to thank everyone who took part in the first “Mount vum Bongert”. We are already looking forward to the next orchard season. 

(c) NGPM Pierre Haas

The Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall (NGPM) is aiming for membership in the international program of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Since UNESCO already confirmed great potential and an internationally remarkable geological heritage in the region when it first applied in 2017, it was clear to all those involved from the start that a new candidacy should take place at a later date. This has now been submitted after intensive work was carried out to improve the points of criticism.

You can read the whole application dossier here:

In cooperation with various partners, we will hold an interesting online conference on the 12th of November from 17 – 18:30 o’clock on energy efficiency.

What will you learn during this conference?

  • Practical steps in order to address energy efficiency in your business and
  • Which financial aid (state & private) you can apply for in Luxembourg

More details about the program can be found in the document below.

You can register until the 9th of November under the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7116033526730/WN_CE8hHFUcS4-57fG4U7CIUQ

After your registration you will receive the access link to the conference via email. The webinar will be held in Luxembourgish, a French live translation is also offered.

The competition for projects with a sustainable character takes place annually in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Development. Individuals, companies and associations resident in Luxembourg have until 15 March 2021 to submit a project or event. The only condition is that the implementation should take place in one of Luxembourg’s 3 Nature Parks.

Try your luck and win financial aid of up to € 6,000.

You can find the registration form here (in German) and here (in French).

From September 10th on, Climate Alliance Luxembourg and Verkéiersverbond are organising the TOUR du DUERF cycling campaign for the seventh time, and Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall is taking part again!

The declared aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of daily use of the bicycle and to give it a more important role in everyday life. In particular, the members of the local council and advisory committees are called upon to find out about the reality of cycling and then of course implement measures to improve the situation in their municipality. The members of the local council and advisory commissions cycle in teams, together with the other residents of the municipality. The aim is to collect as many bicycle kilometres as possible over a period of three weeks, whether during working or leisure time, in teams or individually. Everyone is welcome to participate and form teams: school classes, associations, organisations, companies, etc.

Each participant enters his or her kilometres in the online cycling calendar at www.tourduduerf.eu. The best teams are rewarded by the municipality, while the organisers Verkéiersverbond and Klima-Bündnis Lëtzebuerg reward the most active municipalities.

Who can participate?

– The members of the municipal council and the advisory committees;

– All residents;

– All people who work in the municipality, belong to an association or attend school there.

How can I participate?

On www.tourduduerf.lu you can either join an existing team or create a new one. From September 10th onwards, all you have to do is use your bike as often as possible and enter the kilometres you have covered. Participants without internet access report the kilometres they have cycled to their team captain, who enters them online on their behalf. We trust in the honesty of the participants!

Interested? More information and registration at www.tourduduerf.lu !

Within the context of the « Naturparkschoul », a learning path for children from 6 to 9 years has been developed in Beaufort. The 4 kilometre long trail consists of 8 cross-curricular learning stations which demonstrate “outdoor teaching” according to the primary school curriculum. The activities of the different stations are aimed for children of cycle 2 and are divided into different levels of difficulty.

From 25 May to 7 June, families are invited to visit the Learning Path with their children. The starting point is at the parking place near the primary school in Befort (60, Grand Rue L-6310 Beaufort)

The official foundation stone for the energy cooperative “Energiepark Mëllerdall” was laid in early February with the signatures of 12 founding members. The aim is to offer the citizens of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall the possibility to contribute to and benefit from the energy transition.

If you would like to be informed about the next steps, please contact the project manager: Natassja Mich, Tel.: 29 87 82 91-24 / Mail: natassja.mich@naturpark-mellerdall.lu

You can find more information about the project on this website: www.energiepark-mellerdall.lu.

This initiative was launched within the framework of the LIFE-IP project ZENAPA, in which the Natur- & Geopark has been participating since 2016.