The region stands out not only with its imposing rocks and gorges, but also with the traditional orchard meadows (bongerten) and their hundreds of fruit varieties, large forests, unique fern and moss flora, natural forest reserves and a land area of 42 % Natura2000 areas. In addition, one finds here the remains of the “oldest Luxembourgers”. The oldest town in Luxembourg, the intangible world cultural heritage “the hopping procession of Echternach”, the castles and palaces of Beaufort and Larochette, Echternach Abbey with its illuminated books, and relics of early industries such as the iron and textile industry, can be found here. Last but not least, this historic tourism region can be explored on award-winning hiking trails, some of which date from the 19th century.

Here, you may discover selected examples of our natural and cultural heritage!

Gipskaul – Mining of gypsum near Rosport

Mainly in the 1940s and 1950s gypsum was mined underground in a gallery on the slope of the “Giischterbësch” forest. The extracted gypsum was transported in wagons via a braking incline to a loading area. This transport was gravitationally controlled by the concept, that downhill moving loaded wagons are able to pull empty wagons uphill, […]

Mainly in the 1940s and 1950s gypsum was mined underground in a gallery on the slope of the “Giischterbësch” forest. The extracted gypsum was transported in wagons via a braking…

Mainly in the 1940s and 1950s gypsum was mined underground in a gallery on the slope of the “Giischterbësch” forest.…

Salt water spring – Historical salt mining near Born

Salt was extracted near Born between the 16th and 18th centuries by means of a brine concentrating system. This is proven by a concession certificate dating from 1585.
Salt mining was possible here because salt rich springs waters occur at various places on the river Sauer. One of the springs supplied a sufficiently large amount of water with a high enough salt content. Today, […]

[caption id="attachment_1894" align="alignright" width="262"] In a brine concentrating system (“graduation house”), the spring water flows over bundles of brushwood and is collected in a basin. Some of the water evaporates…

[caption id="attachment_1894" align="alignright" width="262"] In a brine concentrating system (“graduation house”), the spring water flows over bundles of brushwood and…

Orchard meadows

Orchard meadows (Bongerten in Luxemburgish) are among the most valuable and species-rich habitats in the Nature Park. However, the number of fruit trees declined by about three quarters during the 20th century. But orchard meadows still dominate the Nature Park’s landscape, despite the sharp decline. Today there are still about 40,000 fruit trees in the […]

Orchard meadows (Bongerten in Luxemburgish) are among the most valuable and species-rich habitats in the Nature Park. However, the number of fruit trees declined by about three quarters during the…

Orchard meadows (Bongerten in Luxemburgish) are among the most valuable and species-rich habitats in the Nature Park. However, the number…

Former sandstone quarry at Beaufort

Various strata of Luxembourg sandstone are suitable for use as quarry- and building-stones. Sandstone was extracted in the Beaufort and Dillingen quarries until the 1970s. The stones were used in various buildings locally, nationally and beyond the national borders. The quarries had a high economic value and brought work for many people. The stone was […]

[caption id="attachment_171" align="alignright" width="284"] The quarry in service © Collection héritiers Hermes-Conter[/caption] Various strata of Luxembourg sandstone are suitable for use as quarry- and building-stones. Sandstone was extracted in the Beaufort…

[caption id="attachment_171" align="alignright" width="284"] The quarry in service © Collection héritiers Hermes-Conter[/caption] Various strata of Luxembourg sandstone are suitable for use…

Huellee, a former millstone quarry

The Huellee quarry is a characteristic feature. Etymologically, the name denotes a hollow rock. Over the centuries, rough stones were broken here from a particularly abrasion-resistant stratum of Luxembourg sandstone in dangerous manual labour and were worked into millstones. A number of mills in the region are likely to have been fitted with millstones from […]

The Huellee quarry is a characteristic feature. Etymologically, the name denotes a hollow rock. Over the centuries, rough stones were broken here from a particularly abrasion-resistant stratum of Luxembourg sandstone…

The Huellee quarry is a characteristic feature. Etymologically, the name denotes a hollow rock. Over the centuries, rough stones were…

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