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European Memory of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg – VI Haute Sûre

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Michel Thomas-Penette

05 May 2007

One of the last testaments to the wool-weaving industry, which prevailed in the Belgian Ardennes and present-day Luxembourg.

Cities: Luxembourg-Ville, Koerich, Redange-sur-Attert, Colpach, Esch-sur-Sûre, Wiltz, Clervaux, Vianden, Diekirch, Mersch, Larochette, Bourglinster, Junglinster, Echternach, Rosport, Wasserbillig, Grevenmacher, Wormeldange, Remich, Schengen, Mondorf-les-Bains, Esch-sur-Alzette, Dudelange
Department: Luxembourg
Region: Luxembourg
Country: Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

  A natural valley

From Colpach-Bas, you can travel back towards Redange and Reichlange. From there reach Hostert and Rambrouch towards Eschdorf. Eschdorf can be reached also through Bettborn and Grosbous.

Upon arrival at Esch-sur-Sûre, you can climb the valley towards the lake. But afterwards we recommand a short course along the valley and Nationale 27 to have a look on the splendid landscape with Bourscheid castle on the hill.

Why stop at Esch-sur-Sûre? Firstly, its status as a restored village makes it an excellent holiday area. Furthermore, the pleasant and relaxing character of the paths that can be followed along the Valley of the Haute-Sûre – in an area that was made a national park in 1996 (Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre) – up to the dam (we recommend that you follow the route on foot or by bicycle), has a significant environmental appeal.

This little town, crowned with a château, is one of the last testaments to the wool-weaving industry, which prevailed in the Belgian Ardennes and present-day Luxembourg. Woollen sheets are a typical product of Flanders, which stretched up to this point until the 15th century, and a weaving community has existed in Esch since this time.

However, it was at the beginning of the 19th century, following Martin Schoetter-Greisch’s creation of a fulling machine (1807), and then the installation of a spinning machine, that a factory was set up using wool from the sheep of the Oesling. Its was transformed in Maison du Parc Naturel.

Lake of Haute-Sûre

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