Mardell – small pond

A mardel (tiny pond) is a small hollow mould, which is at least temporarily filled with water. It is a typical form connected to dissolution of gypsum lenses or limestones from a marly subsoil. In places where the gypsum or limestone lenses were dissolved, the surface lowered. Mardels are a valuable archive of the history […]

A mardel (tiny pond) is a small hollow mould, which is at least temporarily filled with water. It is a typical form connected to dissolution of gypsum lenses or limestones […]

A mardel (tiny pond) is a small hollow mould, which is at least temporarily filled with water. It is a […]

Héikräiz – viewpoint

On the plateau on top of the Luxembourg Sandstone out­crop the mostly agriculturally used “Marls and Limestones of Strassen”. The location provides a 360 degree view, typical for these types of plateau. The area is deeply incised by rivers and creeks, which have their origin in temporarily pouring springs related to the banks of limestone. […]

On the plateau on top of the Luxembourg Sandstone out­crop the mostly agriculturally used “Marls and Limestones of Strassen”. The location provides a 360 degree view, typical for these types […]

On the plateau on top of the Luxembourg Sandstone out­crop the mostly agriculturally used “Marls and Limestones of Strassen”. The […]

Hëlt – Dolomite, orchids and wine

The Hëlt near Rosport is built up from the layers of the middle (marl with gypsum layers) and upper “Muschelkalk” (dolomite). The gypsum layers were quarried in open quarries in the past. On the north-west side of the hill, a landslide has taken place, leaving an irregular relief in the marls. The landslide reached into […]

The Hëlt near Rosport is built up from the layers of the middle (marl with gypsum layers) and upper “Muschelkalk” (dolomite). The gypsum layers were quarried in open quarries in […]

The Hëlt near Rosport is built up from the layers of the middle (marl with gypsum layers) and upper “Muschelkalk” […]

Schéissendëmpel – force of the water

At the Schéissendëmpel with its stone bridge, the water of the Black Ernz stream flows over some large boulders lying in the stream bed. They cannot be carried away by the flowing water, but are ground smooth by the sand, gravel and smaller boulders. This material comes from the geological layers of the surrounding slopes […]

At the Schéissendëmpel with its stone bridge, the water of the Black Ernz stream flows over some large boulders lying in the stream bed. They cannot be carried away by […]

At the Schéissendëmpel with its stone bridge, the water of the Black Ernz stream flows over some large boulders lying […]

Al Schmelz – Ponds of a former blast furnace

Fischbach is one of Luxembourg’s early industrial centres: until 1857, bog iron orefrom the Mersch area was smelted here in blast furnaces. The blast furnace was located in the area of the ponds south of Fischbach. Water and charcoal as energy suppliers were easily available here: the water was impounded in ponds and drove water […]

Fischbach is one of Luxembourg’s early industrial centres: until 1857, bog iron orefrom the Mersch area was smelted here in blast furnaces. The blast furnace was located in the area […]

Fischbach is one of Luxembourg’s early industrial centres: until 1857, bog iron orefrom the Mersch area was smelted here in […]

Champignon – a mushroom shaped rock

The Champignon is a solitary boulder of Luxembourg sandstone in the shape of a mushroom. It is the weathering remnant of this sandstone layer, which originally extended further north here. A few metres to the south, it is still completely preserved. To the north, on the other hand, one can look far into the hilly […]

The Champignon is a solitary boulder of Luxembourg sandstone in the shape of a mushroom. It is the weathering remnant of this sandstone layer, which originally extended further north here. […]

The Champignon is a solitary boulder of Luxembourg sandstone in the shape of a mushroom. It is the weathering remnant […]

Steekaul Burermillen – a former sandstone quarry

The oldest rocks in the region can be observed: red sandstones from the Lower Triassic (“Buntsandstein”). The red colour is due to oxidyzed iron concentrations in the rock. These older sandstones are outcropping at the surface in this area because the geological strata buckles here upwards and forms an arch-like structure, the “Born saddle”. The […]

The oldest rocks in the region can be observed: red sandstones from the Lower Triassic (“Buntsandstein”). The red colour is due to oxidyzed iron concentrations in the rock. These older […]

The oldest rocks in the region can be observed: red sandstones from the Lower Triassic (“Buntsandstein”). The red colour is […]

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. […]

Salzmännchegaart

The Salzmännchegaart (garden of the salt producer) was named after a legend from Born, according to which a little salt producer used to live near the local salt springs on the Sauer river who liked to scare people. A large geological profile built in stone, a small theatre made of the different types of building […]

The Salzmännchegaart (garden of the salt producer) was named after a legend from Born, according to which a little salt producer used to live near the local salt springs on […]

The Salzmännchegaart (garden of the salt producer) was named after a legend from Born, according to which a little salt […]

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 […]

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 strata of Luxembourg sandstone are suitable for use as quarry- and building-stones. Sandstone was extracted in the Beaufort and […]