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Echternach

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Echternach

Echternach is a small town with about 5000 inhabitants on the eastern border of Luxembourg, just a hop away from Germany. It's Luxembourg's oldest town, based on an old monastery founded in 698.

Get in

Assumed you come from Luxembourg city, you can get there by

  • Bus: The buslines 111 and 110 take you from the central station and the main bus station (Aldringer) to Echternach in under one hour.
  • Car: Leaving the city via Kirchberg, the directions to Echternach are well explained.
  • Bike: Via Kirchberg, you got a perfectly signed cycling-trail which should take about 3 hours.

Get around

As Echternach is a small town, you can easily get around by walking.

See

  • The old abbey founded in 698 by St. Willibrord is one of the must-sees in Echternach. Today, it's a school building for high-school classes (7th-13th grade). The basilica next to it still serves as church of Echternach. If you're interested in the history of the monastery, there is a small but nice museum next to it.
  • The town square with its square cross and the historical guildhall "Denzelt" is a nice place to see and stay.
  • The roman villa about 20 minutes walk from the centre shows the remains of an ancient roman house. A walk-through is free, worth a visit.
  • The lake is an artificial lake. Enjoy the silence around it, 20 minutes walk from the city centre.

Do

  • Visit the small cinema "Cine Sura", the oldest movie theatre in Luxembourg. Shows from Friday-Wednesday.

Buy

  • Macarons mous, typical traditional sweets. Taste like pure sugar, but at least you should give them a try. Can be bought at the Patisserie Zimmer and Patisserie Simon.

Eat

  • Italian and Chinese restaurants are the main appearance in Echternach. Try the restaurant Giorgio, they have quite a good Italian kitchen.
  • Close to the police station, there is a really good kebab restaurant, worth a try.

Drink

Most cafés are situated around the town square and the main shopping road

  • 'Café de la Poste (Wohli)' offers a nice ambiance on two floors and a small terrace for summer evenings. Also got some minor fast-food.
  • Café 'Aal Eechternoach' is mainly nice because of its terrace directly on the town square.
  • 'Café Philo'soff' is still an insider-tip. Typical students-pub in the main shopping road. Especially the garden is nice. Very crowded on Friday evenings

Sleep

  • The new youth hostel offers cheap and comfy beds.

Get out

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