Tucked away in the Little Switzerland region of Luxembourg the Müllerthal Trail is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an exhilarating escape in the great outdoors. From spectacular rock formations and waterfalls, through gently rolling prairies to historic castles, Müllerthal offers some of the most wonderful landscapes in Europe, all neatly packaged into 112 kilometres of well-marked and maintained paths. Accessible from early May, the trails are beautiful in every season: spring brings woodland flowers and wild garlic, in summer, sun filters through the forest leaves and walkers can picnic in style, and autumn is a riot of glorious colours.
There is something for everyone on the Müllerthal Trail, as each of the three Routes has its own particular character. Route 1, starting and finishing in historic Echternach, is a great taster of everything Müllerthal has to offer, cutting through the ancient forest on winding paths, passing impressive rocky outcrops and crossing lush green meadows.
Route 2, which also circles around Echternach, is perhaps the most spectacular section of the Trail, with fresh surprises around every twist in the path. The sandstone rock formations are breathtaking, with narrow passages between sheer rock faces, deep canyons and precarious-looking overhangs. The beautiful and deservedly much-photographed Schiessentümpel waterfall is also on this circuit.
Route 3 has a fairytale atmosphere, with not one but two medieval castles to admire! Beaufort and Larochette. Beaufort is open to the public and combines renaissance and medieval elements; Larochette is a picturesque and photogenic ruin. Route 3 also passes through farmland and beautiful beech forest. The four bonus “Extra Tours” give walkers who are hungry for more extra hiking possibilities in this beautiful region.
The perfect trail for all levels of hikers
Whichever section you choose, or even if you choose to take on the whole Müllerthal Trail, you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, though you do need a reasonable level of general fitness. Müllerthal is the perfect introduction to long trail walking and you will encounter hikers of all ages along its paths! The three main Routes are easily divided into manageable sections, most between eight and ten kilometres in length. The Routes also start and finish conveniently in villages with good options for eating and drinking and handy network of regular bus services also connects the various points on the trail, making it easy to coordinate and plan your walk.
If you are planning to walk part of the Müllerthal Trail, make sure you have good walking shoes or boots, a waterproof jacket, sufficient water and snacks. A camera or smartphone isn’t essential, but it is recommended: you will almost certainly want to immortalise and share those wonderful views!