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Cross-Border Hiking 5 beautiful hikes in the Our Valley

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Explore spectacular landscapes between Germany and Luxembourg!

Cross-border hiking is a unique experience that allows you to explore different landscapes, cultures, and natural wonders. A fascinating example of cross-border hiking can be found in the Our region, where the river serves as a border. One bank is on the Luxembourg side, while the other belongs to Germany.

Nat’Our Route 1- Where 3 countries meet

Embark on an unforgettable journey along Nat'Our Route 1, where adventure awaits at the crossroads of three countries: Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg. This scenic route winds its way along the Luxembourgish and German banks of the Our River.

This hiking expedition takes you right to the heart of Europe. The exploration begins in the park of the European monument, where towering stones symbolize the unity of the six founding members of the European Union. This significant monument stands proudly at the meeting point of Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium. It's where the three national borders converge, at the confluence of the Réibech and Our Rivers.

Throughout the hike, you'll be immersed in the wild beauty of the Our valley. As hikers venture south, the valley becomes narrower and steeper. They then conquer a short yet challenging ascent to Königslei, where they will be rewarded with a mesmerizing panoramic view of the valley below. In the past, the Our River was home to thousands of pearl mussels. Today, the region is home to numerous other rare animal species that add charm to this remarkable place.

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    NaturWanderPark delux - Circular walk Nat'Our Route 1
    Distance: 14,07 km
    Duration: 4:15 h
    Difficulty: medium
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    Tri-border area
    In the grounds of the Monument to Europe, large stone blocks symbolise the 6 founding members of a united Europe.
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    Kalborn Mill
    The mill in Kalborn, which is over 200 years old, has developed into a nature conservation centre. Endangered river pearl and brook mussels are bred here. Information boards in front of the mill show how gardens can provide habitats for wildlife and insects.
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Nat’Our Route 2 - A journey into the past

Embark on a hike along Nat'Our Route 2, where history unfolds amidst breathtaking landscapes.

Here, hikers step into the past as they traverse the Our valley, passing by charming old mills that once echoed with the rhythmic clatter of water wheels. These mills were the lifeblood of the region, grinding the precious oak bark into tanbark, a vital ingredient for local tanneries. This trail is a window into a bygone era, where the river served as a livelihood and was at the heart of many traditions.

Crossing the border into Luxembourg in Dasburg-Pont, the adventure takes an exhilarating turn. As hiking fans venture further, a thrilling ascent awaits, leading them to the majestic Kasselslee viewpoint, where a mesmerizing vista of the picturesque Our valley awaits.

The path winds along the graceful curves of the Our river, unveiling awe-inspiring landscapes at every turn. With each step, hikers are captivated by new vistas.

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    NaturWanderPark delux - Circular walk Nat'Our Route 2
    Distance: 17,94 km
    Duration: 5:25 h
    Difficulty: difficult
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Nat’Our Route 4 – Between natural beauty and engineering art

Around the Our Valley Loop in Bivels, hikers will witness a mesmerizing spectacle of nature and discover one of Luxembourg's impressive architectural marvels.

The Nat'Our Route 4 begins in Bivels, near Vianden, nestled within a picturesque loop of the Our River. From here, the trail takes goes up the wooded hills surrounding the village, offering breathtaking views of the meandering Our River and the majestic Falkenstein Castle on the opposite bank.

Continuing along the path, ramblers reach Niklosbierg, circling around the upper reservoir of the Vianden pumped storage plant. This awe-inspiring structure, built between 1954 and 1964, harnesses the power of water to generate electricity, showcasing Luxembourg's engineering prowess.

The trail then leads downhill, almost reaching Stolzemburg, where hikers will catch a distant glimpse of the castle in Scottish style. Here, the path crosses the Our River, paving the way for a journey along its banks and ascending on the other side. Panoramic vistas of the meandering river loop await hikers. Through the enchanting forest, the trail leads back to the starting point in Bivels, completing this extraordinary adventure.

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    NaturWanderPark delux - Circular walk Nat'Our Route 4
    Distance: 15,54 km
    Duration: 5:00 h
    Difficulty: medium
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Nat’Our Route 5 – Up to the majestic Falkenstein Castle

This scenic trail leads from Vianden to Falkenstein Castle and back, offering beautiful nature panoramas along the way.

The adventure begins at the parking lot on the outskirts of Vianden, heading towards Bivels. As they ascend, hikers will pass beneath the country's only chairlift and navigate a serpentine path that leads to the mountain station.

The trail then leads to a dense forest as it meanders towards the Machine 10 of the pumped storage plant, built in 1970. Like all the other machines in the plant, it serves the purpose of generating electricity, a marvel of modern engineering.

Continuing along the path, ramblers will follow the meandering course of the Our River, with Bivels as their next destination. Crossing the river, the trail winds uphill, leading to privately-owned Falkenstein Castle. There, hikers should take a moment to catch their breath and enjoy a well-deserved pause.

The final leg of the journey descends exclusively downhill, guiding back to Vianden.

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    NaturWanderPark delux - Circular walk Nat'Our Route 5
    Distance: 12,56 km
    Duration: 4:20 h
    Difficulty: medium
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    Vianden Castle
    Explore Vianden Castle, one of the most beautiful and impressive castles in Europe, which delights with its majestic setting, excellent state of preservation and history.
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    Pavillion Schënnbierg
    Viewpoint
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    Bildchen Chapel
    The Bildchen Chapel in Vianden is located at a pilgrimage site above the reservoir of the pumped storage plant and is worth a visit because of its idyllic location.
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    Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Power Station SEO
    The Stolzembourg pumped-storage power plant is a unique structure used to produce electricity. It offers a visitor gallery with information about climate and energy. In addition, you can visit the upper basin at any time and enjoy a beautiful view from there.
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    Chairlift Vianden
    Fly over Vianden by chairlift
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    Viewpoint Lätgesbierg
    The rocky ascent "Lätgesbierg" grants hiking fans an almost alpine experience with a magnificent view of the lower reservoir of the Vianden pumped storage power plant and the forested banks of the Our.
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Nat’Our Route 6 - On the trail of the smugglers

A hike on Nat’Our Route 6 is like a journey from Vianden into the mystical depths of the German Kammerwald, tracing the footsteps of ancient smugglers until you reach the majestic "Königseiche”, the oldest oak tree in the Westeifel.

After a brief ascent to the panoramic viewpoint Beim Fändelchen, the trail leads out of Vianden towards Scheierhaff. From here, hikers get a stunning view of the magnificent Vianden Castle.

As the path delves into the Kammerwald, ramblers will tread upon the very same smuggler trails that once buzzed with secretive whispers. Along the way, they will be enchanted by the presence of impressive oak trees, none more remarkable than the grandest and most ancient oak of the Westeifel: the legendary "Königseiche," standing tall for 350 years. Its colossal dimensions of 5 meters in diameter and 32 meters in height have earned it the title of the "King's Oak".

The journey continues through the picturesque Gaybach valley, where nature unveils its beauty in every corner. As hikers make their way back into the Kammerwald, they will get a few more glimpses of Vianden Castle.

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    NaturWanderPark Delux
    NaturWanderPark delux - Circular walk Nat'Our Route 6
    Distance: 17,20 km
    Duration: 5:15 h
    Difficulty: medium
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    Vianden Castle
    Explore Vianden Castle, one of the most beautiful and impressive castles in Europe, which delights with its majestic setting, excellent state of preservation and history.
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