The Mullerthal is an area in Luxembourg with strange rock formations, narrow canyons, romantic rivers and medieval castles. It’s often called little Switzerland because the nature is so beautiful. We even wondered why this wasn’t a Lord of the Rings movie set.
And with a 112 kilometer trail, the Mullerthal is a great place for hiking. The Mullerthal trail is split in 3 big tracks.
Route 1 starts from Echternach en runs mainly through forests and farmlands.
On Route 3 however you’ll be hiking through valleys and visiting medieval castles.
But we decided to go with Route 2, a 37km trail which runs through the heart of the Mullerthal where you’ll come across strange rock formations, pitch black canyons, lovely rivers and the often photographed waterfall, the Schiessentümpel. So strap on your hiking boots and pack your flashlight because we’re going hiking!
The Mullerthal Trail
In our group of friends we have a nice collection of knee and back injuries. So we decided to take it slow and hike the trail several smaller stages.
Echternach – Berdorf
On day 1 we decided to start with the 6 kilometer stage from Echternach to Berdorf, the perfect warming-up. We started off with a short climb to the viewpoint of Troosknäppchen which gave us a nice view over the city of Echternach. Immediately afterwards we got to the Wolfsschlucht canyon, a former home to the wolves of the area.
The next highlight was the Labyrint, a maze of mossy rocks where we got to play hide and seek.
We then came across the famous rock formation Perekop which we ascended by climbing a ladder in between the narrow rocks.
The trail became quite lovely after this as it ran through the Aesbachtal where we followed a meandering river.
And last but not least we got to see the Hohllay cave and the ampitheater in the rocks.
With only 6 kilometers, this stage it packed with must see highlights making it a very popular stage for hikers. The trail can even get somewhat overrun making it impossible to keep a decent hiking pace. But you’ll want to snap a lot of photos anyway.
Berdorf – Mullerthal – Consdorf
On day 2 we continued our hike and combined 2 stages. We walked from Berdorf to Mullerthal and from Mullerthal to Consdorf. About 11 kilometers in total. In Berdorf, the trail dove into a valley where we hiked in between the rocks. This part of the trail was even more lovely than the Aesbachtal the day before. There are plenty of strange rock formations on this stage with names of which we dare you to say them out loud: Ruetzbéchschlëff, Binzeltschlëff, Priedegtstull en Werschrummschlëff.
At noon, we pic nicked at Herringer mill. Shortly after we arrived at the waterfall with romantic bridge, the Schiessentümpel.
After this the trail became a little more adventurous. We had to walk in between the narrow corridor at Eilebuerg and had to use our torchlight for passing through Godfralay.
This stage might be our favourite part because there is a variety of things to see. It’s also a bit more adventurous and you’ll come across less tourists.
Consdorf – Hersberg – Scheidgen
On day three we walked the second part of yesterdays stage, from Consdorf to Hersberg and the extra stage from Hersberg to Scheidgen. A total of 8,6 kilometer. This was the most adventurous part of the trail and we used the lights on our cellphones more than once. We first had to elbow our way through the narrow corridor of Rittergang. But the 50 meter pitch black canyon, Déiwepëtz was even more of a challenge for those of us who didn’t particularly like dark cramped spaces. Kim on the other hand loved the little extra adventure, and decided to also wriggle herself in between the rocks at Kuelscheier.
Sadly, the trail became a little less interesting as we passed through a forrest. But the good new is that because of the lack of other hikers, we got to spot a few deers.
The Mullerthal trail consists of 3 big tours but it’s best to simply combine different stages which will lead you from village to village. If you prefer to walk with a day pack there are two options for getting back to your start point: using the bus network or using two cars.
Where to sleep
We decided to spend the night at the youth hostel in Beaufort, which we can recommend. The same goes for the one in Echternach, where we stayed a few years ago. Both youth hostels are new and have private rooms with a private bathroom. The one in Beaufort has a bowling lane, the one in Echternach a climbing wall.
If you’re planning to hike from village to village you might want to check out the youth hostel hiking packages which will arrange your stay in different hostels across the trail.
Where to eat
The had some pizza at Oktav Amadeus in Echternach. A bit of strange ambience but the giant crispy pizzas were to die for.