Natural Avenues

On a bend of the Sûre River, 6km (4 miles) south of Wiltz, Esch-sur-Sûre has a ruined medieval castle. But it is the Parc Naturel de la Haut-Sûre, on the village's doorstep, that brings visitors here in large numbers.

Though its area of 184 sq. km. (71 sq. miles) is tiny by North American standards, the natural park occupies a significant chunk of Luxembourg's real estate, a protected scenic part of the Grand Duchy in the hills and forests around the waters of the Lac de Haut-Sûre. This is the place for fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing in winter. There's good bird-watching, too.

For the lowdown, stop by the visitor center in the Maison du Parc Naturel, route de Lultzhausen 15, Esch-sur-Sûre (tel. 89-93-31-1; www.naturpark-sure.lu). The center is open Monday to Friday from 10am to noon and 2 to 6pm, and weekends and holidays from 2 to 6pm (Nov-Mar closed Wed and at 5pm). Admission is 2.50€ ($4) for adults, 1.25€ ($2) for children ages 12 to 18, and free for children 11 and under. The park itself is open permanently and admission is free.

There are buses to Esch every hour or so from both Wiltz and Ettelbruck. By car, take N15 south from Wiltz and northwest from Ettelbruck.

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