Hostel-to-hostel hiking in Luxemburg
Hostel-to-hostel hiking in Luxemburg Reviews
beautiful country, but no hiking culture Jul 04, 2005
In the summer of 2005, not having found a steady job yet after my long Eurasian trip in 2004, I wanted a cheap but satisfying vacation. As transport is usually the biggest expense, I chose hostel-to-hostel hiking in Luxemburg.
I walked from Echternach to the outskirts of Luxemburg city, via Beaufort, Larochette and Hollenfels.
Of course it doesn't compare to hiking in the Alps or Carpathians, but Luxemburg has plenty of sights, both natural (e.g. the "Little Switserland" region) and cultural (castles, Roman and prehistoric remnants, picturesque towns), to keep one occupied.
The trails are often badly marked, especially the special hostel trails. Having a trail marker 500 m after a crossroad and not at the crossroad is really not very useful. So rely on the maps rather than the trail markers.
The biggest disappointment of the trip was that there really is no hiking culture in Luxemburg like there is in Central Europe. I really missed the cameraderie that can be found on the trails and in the mountain huts in countries like Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. People go walking for a day, but I only met one other person who was going on a multi-day hike like this, and he was going campsite-to-campsite. Which may be a better option, as the quality of the hostels in Luxemburg varies greatly and some of them much prefer to cater to groups than individual travellers. Also, if you go in high season (I went in july), you need to reserve them in advance so you have no flexibility. On the downside, you would have a far heavier load.
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