Grand Duchy of Luxembourg North Attractions
The northern reaches of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg extends to the border with Belgium.
The town of Dudelange (pop. 14,000), also known as "Forge du Sud", lies at the foot of Mount St Jean. The old steelworks in the town have been replaced by a modern cold rolling-mill. The town, with its town hall, is an attractive commercial center. Dudelange also has a local museum with exhibits on archeology, paleontology, history, steelwork and a photo gallery). The town has many flowered squares and is dominated by the area's characteristic red rocks. The neo-Gothic parish church has been renovated and features the famous "Way of the Cross", created by one of the country's greatest painters: Dom. Lang. The RTL TV transmitter is located on the top of the "Ginzebierg" hill and provides excellent panoramic views. There is also a tourist lookout tower in Duelange with the restored ruins of an ancient castle (open year round; free admission, guide at Taverne Mont St-Jean). At the R. Hartmann sports center can be found an indoor swimming pool and an omnisports hall. Other attractions in Dudelange include: an open-air swimming pool with terrace and restaurant, a municipal park called "Léi", and the natural park "Haardt" with a 240 hectares surface.
Walferdange (pop. 5,800) was the Grand ducal residence until the end of the last century and is now a residential center in the process of development. It is situated at the entrance to the Grunewald wood, on one of Luxembourg's principal tourist routes and a short distance from Luxembourg city. It has picturesque scenery and is situated at the junction of the Alzette valley and the wooded heights. It has numerous viewpoints and a well-equipped conference hall. Walferdange is also well known for its roses and there is a rose garden in front of the station. The town has excellent sporting facilities, including a stadium, an all-weather swimming pool with sauna, a fitness room, a playground and fitness trails. The area's history is reflected in the large archeological site: Roman villa and underground aqueduct.
The town of Boevange-sur-Attert also encompasses the localities and communities of Grevenknapp, Bill, Finsterthal, Buschdorf and Brouch. The town is located in a wooded area on the banks of the Attert river. There are pleasant walks that link up Boevange-sur-Attert and the other communities with the Helperknapp, where traces of Roman fortifications can be found. Also on Helperknapp is the St Willibrord chapel and a spring.There is an annual procession on Whitsun Monday in honor of St Willibrord. At Brouch there is an animal enclosure and at Bill there is a Roman tumulus.
The town of Mersch (pop. 6,300) is a crossroads for many of the tourist routes in the center of the country. It is situated at the entrance to the Valley of the Seven Castles. There are many walks through wooded areas highlighting beautiful scenery. Points of interest in and around Mersch include: the springs of Hunnebour, the prehistoric caves of the Mamer and Dreibouren, the remains of a Roman villa, an early feudal castle (free admission: open year round), St Michael's tower with carillon, a church and the Centenary Column. Mersch also has an all-weather swimming pool.
Nommern is a rural village where the slopes are covered with fruit trees and the woods surrounding the village have flat ledges and holes (Nommerlayen) that are inviting for walks. The picturesque scenery features Luxembourg sandstone in the shape of a mushroom (Champignon). Also included in Nommern are the villages of Crutchen in the Alzette river valley surrounded by farms, Schrondweiler (Neoroman church) and Gladbach (chapel).
Situated on the Attert river, Redange-sur-Attert is a quiet and pleasant holiday resort. The town is in the center of densely wooded agricultural country and its streets are bordered with chestnut, ash and limetrees. There are old mills and farms, as well as the "Jangeli" bridge, a sports center and fishing ponds. Redange-sur-Attert is the main center in the canton of Redange and is a regional center for banking, administration, trade, and arts and crafts.
The towns of Steinsel, Mullendorf and Heisdorf are located in the Alzette valley, 8km from Luxembourg city. In this region there are many attractions, including extensive forests, Roman ruins, various cultural activities (hobby market, strawberry and apple festivals, concerts, art gallery), sports facilities and a playground. In Heisdorf there is a Rambouillet-style castle with a fine park and trees. Steinsel is famous for its strawberry, apple and potato crops.
Colmar-Berg is located at the confluence of the rivers Attert and Alzette (pop. 1,400). The town has the Grand Ducal residence, the Goodyear tire plant (international research center, test circuit, other plants), a sports center with indoor swimming pool and tennis courts, and walking paths. The town is in a valley surrounded by extensive woods.
The village of Junglinster (pop. 1,800) is dominated by the towers of Radio Luxembourg's transmitters. The Baroque parish church in the town is known for its pastel color scheme and the tombstones of the knights of Linster and in the neighboring town of Bourglinster there is an attractive manor house. Also in the region is a network of pleasant walking paths.
Septfontaines (pop. 500) lies in the middle of the extensive woods of the Eisch Valey, dominated by a medieval castle. It has a Gothic church and there are seven springs that meet at the Seven Fountains after which the town is named. There are walks through the Valley of the Seven Castles and an open-air swimming pool in Septfontaines.
Tuntange, Hollenfels and Ansembourg are villages in the farmland of the Eisch valley. The feudal castle in Ansembourg is from the 12th C. and the manor house there was built in 1639. The Hollenfels castle is home to a beautiful youth hostel. The parish church in Tuntange contains a Pieta of note. In Bour, nearby, there is a benediction of horses, tractors and cars on Easter Monday.
Eischen - Gaichel is a picturesque village situated near the border with France. The village is overlooked by an illuminated church standing on a steep hill and lies in a region of green meadows and deep woods. Eischen- Gaichel is a good base for walking trips to surrounding villages.
Kopstal (pop. 800) is located in the Mamer valley. There are a number of footpaths through the nearby forests. Bridel (pop. 2,250), its sister town, is located on a sunny plateau. These villages are starting points for a network of tourist routes that measures 60km.
The village of Useldange is on the banks of the river Attert and is dominated by two round towers and a defensive wall from the 14th century castle, and a keep from the 17th century. There are possibilities for both glider flying and pleasant walks in the surrounding woods.
Vichten is a small town situated in a region of green meadows and deep forests, away from heavy traffic. It is close to the towns of Mersch and Ettelbruck and to the valley of the Attert river. Vichten has numerous walking routes, Roman remains, a church with a historical steeple, and the Lourdes-grotto.
Bettborn (Preitzerdall), Luxembourg
The small village of Bettborn is located in a peaceful valley off the main roads. There are footpaths through the surrounding forests and orchards offering an ideal place for a rest.
Saeul, with the surrounding villages of Schwebach, Kapweiler, Calmus and Ehner, is situated in the center of beautiful forests. It has a Romanesque church and a folklore market that operates in the springtime.
The town of Lintgen is in the heart of Luxembourg, on the banks of the Alzette river. It is surrounded by hills and forests where there are pleasant walks.