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Echternach

Echternach  © Steven Lek
Echternach © Steven Lek

The beautiful old town of Echternach lies on the border between Germany and Luxembourg on the banks of the Sûre River. It boasts a famed abbey founded in the 7th-century by St Willibrord, whose remains are contained in a magnificent white marble sarcophagus in the crypt of the Basilica. There are three museums, one dedicated to the history of the abbey, another showcasing ancient artefacts and a third detailing rural architecture. Echternach also boasts the remains of an ancient Roman villa, thought to have been the largest of its kind north of the Alps. Echternach also attracts visitors because of its stunning natural surroundings. It serves as a base for hikers and nature lovers wishing to explore the Mullerthal, a fascinating landscape of sandstone formations, waterfalls, creeks, springs and forests. Also known as 'Little Switzerland', it's criss-crossed with hiking trails and dotted with picturesque villages.