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Donkey Challenge Härebierg

Distance
4,75 km
Duration
1:25 h
Highest point
337 Hm
Lowest point
187 Hm
Aggregated Ascent
153 Hm
Aggregated Descent
151 Hm
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Description

Kids & Family Scenic Refreshment stops available

Are you looking for a challenge for the whole family and do you enjoy spending time in nature? Then the "Donkey Challenge" in Diekirch is just right for you.

The Donkey Challenge consists of three exciting tours: Donkey Challenge Haard, Donkey Challenge Seitert, and Donkey Challenge Härebierg. Each of these tours gives you the opportunity to conquer the three impressive mountains of Diekirch and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature.

Along the paths, you will not only discover fascinating landscapes but also gain interesting information about Diekirch, its rich history, and the local fauna and flora. If you complete all three tours, you can celebrate your success with a special memento. At the Diekirch Tourist Info, an exclusive patch featuring the Donkey of Diekirch awaits you.

 

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Audio and information

Welcome to the last phase of the donkey challenge!

From here you have a perfect view of the symbol of Diekirch: the donkey on the old church's spire – worldwide an unparalleled sight.

We are now passing the former vineyards where in the past – as you've already learned – the donkey actively helped with the hard work. By the way – the so-called “three men's wine” of the Herrenberg apparently didn't taste particularly good. That's why it was called “three men's wine” - you needed three men to consume it: one to drink it, one to hold the drinking man, one to pour it into him. At times it was even forbidden to drink some other town's wine before the Diekirch wine was used up. Luckily Diekirch is a lot more successful with another beverage today.

Our way goes straight on up, where we will cross a street. Here we come upon the only military barracks of Luxembourg.

Diekirch is also a garrison town. In 1955, the grand duke's army that was formed after the Second World War moved into the newly-constructed barracks on the Herrenberg, and is today named after Duke Jean. At present, the Luxembourgian army counts 800 voluntary soldiers

The Herrenberg

The Herrenberg is a place of many fascinating stories. You can listen to one of them now. But don’t forget to take a selfie as proof before the descent!

The Sauer

Up until the beginning of the 20th century, the annual  salmon fishing on the Sauer river was very productive in November, which is why salmon and especially smoked salmon regularly was part of the menu – particularly of the menu of the staff of hotels along the Sauer river. This is why in the job contracts of maids and farmhands there was a clause saying salmon shouldn't be served more than twice a week.

The way back to the historical city center of Diekirch marks the end of the last phase of the donkey challenge! You can pick up your patch on production of your three selfies at the tourist information point.

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