Mullerthal Trail: 10 Tips From The Experts

By Rintsje Bosch

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In the small country we all know as Luxembourg, you will find the Mullerthal region, also known as 'Little Switzerland'. In September 2020, I visited this wonderful region for Bookatrekking.com. The result: several nice packages on Bookatrekking.com, and a lot of useful information. In this blog post, you will read about my experiences and I will try to share as much as possible on not only the route, but also on accommodations, luggage transport, food, drinks, and more!

The full Mullerthal Trail is 112 kilometers long, and consists of three different routes, that all can be combined. In addition, you have several 'extra tours' that are connected to the official Mullerthal routes. This makes the Mullerthal Trail suitable for a week, weekend, or even a day trip. Below is a small impression of two other hikers on the Mullerthal Trail!

Tip 1: Check the possibilities - Mullerthal Trail Map & Routes

There are many possibilities on the Mullerthal Trail, so before you decide to go, it is wise to see what the possibilities actually are. On the map below, you can see the three different Mullerthal Trail routes, as well as the extra tours. You can keep the following rules in mind when planning your itinerary:

  • One weekend hike (3 days): any route is possible
  • Long weekend hike (5 days): routes 1 & 2 or routes 2 & 3
  • One week hike (7 days): routes 1, 2 & 3

Route 1 (36 kilometers, 12 hours)

The first route is starting in Echternach (just like route 2) and can best be described as a sightseeing route. This route combines the forest, the meadows, and the rock formations around Echternach. This route can easily be split up into two stages, with one overnight stay in Born. The whole route takes you approximately 12 hours.

Route 2 (38 kilometers, 14.5 hours)

This route is also starting in Echternach and is dominated by rock formations. This trek is considerably more challenging than Route 1, due to the climbing and height differences. The total route is only two kilometers longer, but it will take you at least an extra 2.5 hours to complete. You can also split this route into two stages with an overnight stay in Mullerthal. Route 2 can be extended with 'Extra Tour D'.

Route 3 (38 kilometers, 12 hours)

Route 3 starts in Mullerthal and goes through valleys along several streams and passes several old castles. In terms of difficulty, this route is very similar to Route 1. You can also divide this route into two stages with an overnight stay in Larochette. You can still vary with route 3 as Extra Tour A, B and D also connect to this.

The Extra Tours

The Mullerthal Trail can be extended by 4 additional tours that you can hike as a warming up or add to the classic Mullerthal Trail. Keep in mind that these are complete stages that would normally take you a day.

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Tip 2: Visit Echternach

In September, I visited Echternach together with my girlfriend, and we suddenly fell in love with this small town. The historical center and the small restaurants and bars create a cozy atmosphere and in my opinion, it is the ideal base for all your trips to the Mullerthal region. The fact that you are addressed alternately in Dutch, French, and German shows that Luxembourg has always been between Belgium, France, and Germany. Brasserie Restaurant Aal Echternoach on the town square is not to be missed when visiting this city.

Tip 2: Visit Echternach

Tip 3: Travel by plane

It is the easiest to fly to Luxembourg Airport. From here, you can easily take a bus to get to your destination within the Mullerthal region. The bus to Echternach is only taking you an hour, and, public transport in Luxembourg is free!

Tip 4: Use the free public transport in Luxembourg!

As mentioned earlier, public transport in Luxembourg is free. This is convenient, should you only do a certain part of the Mullerthal Trail. In September, we had our base in Echternach, from where you can easily travel by public transport to Mullerthal or back from Mullerthal to Echternach. So you can easily reach all the start and end points of the Mullerthal trail.

Tip 4: Use the free public transport in Luxembourg!

Tip 5: Visit the local Tourist Office

In every village around the Mullerthal Trail, you will find tourist offices that are equipped for the many Mullerthal Trail walkers. Here they have really good hiking suggestions and travel advice. Moreover, they are providing free hiking maps and are a first aid post. So know where to go in case you suffer from blisters. You will find a tourist office in the following places along the route:

  • Echternach
  • Mullerthal
  • Medernach
  • Larochette
  • Beaufort
  • Consdorf

Tip 6: Bring the right gear

When we visited the Mullerthal region in September, we had changeable weather, where sunshine and showers constantly alternated. The right clothes will keep you from freezing, but also prevent you from being way too warm or packing too heavy. Good walking shoes are a must on the Mullerthal Trail. Because of the many rocks, height differences, and forest paths, this is no place for your sneakers. Moreover, when it has rained it can be very slippery on the paths. Here are some tips for your packing list.

Essentials

  • Hiking boots (worn in)
  • Hiking socks
  • Base layer tops - ideally thermal
  • Mid-layer tops (e.g. fleece)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Hat for warmth or shade
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Casual clothing & footwear for the evening
  • Nightwear and underwear
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses & sun cream
  • Toiletries

Extras

  • Small first aid kit
  • Blister plasters
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and charger
  • Map and compass
  • Whistle
  • Book to read
  • Energy snacks
  • Walking sticks
Tip 6: Bring the right gear

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Tip 7: Luggage transport

That Luxembourg thinks well of hikers and cyclists was already evident from the fact that they offered free public transport, but that's not all. During the season, you can book cheap luggage transport with the organization Move we Carry, which takes your luggage from hotel to hotel. That means that a small daypack is enough for you while hiking the Mullerthal Trail. Here on the website you can find all the information and arrange your luggage transport.

Tip 8: Don't get lost

No worries! The Mullerthal Trail is part of the 'Quality Trails Europe'. This certificate from the European Hiking Association means that the trails are extremely well maintained and signposted. During our visit to the Mullertal Trail, it became clear to us that it is pretty hard to get lost in the Mullerthal region. The Trail is very well marked with a white square in which a red M is central. Besides the direction, the distances to the next villages along the trail are also well indicated.

Tip 8: Don't get lost

At Bookatrekking.com, we not only book your accommodation and luggage transport, we also send you on your way with a comprehensive hiking guide with the most important information for your Mullerthal Trail, including interactive Komoot maps. Browse all our options here and turn your dreams into reality.

Tip 9: Book your accommodation with a Mullerthal Partner

The organization around the Mullerthal Trail has created the label 'Mullerthal Trail Partner' for companies along the route that have specially equipped themselves for the many hikers. For the hotels and B&B's allowed to call themselves 'Mullerthal Trail Partner', it means that they will have to meet the following conditions:

  • Short distance from the Mullerthal Trail
  • Individual hiking suggestions and travel advice
  • Travelling pharmacy (first-aid kit, blister plasters, tweezers)
  • Varied, healthy hiker's breakfast (if possible)
  • Trays for hiking boots in or in front of rooms
  • Facilities for cleaning and drying hiking clothes and equipment
  • Short stays, including one-night stays (possible exceptions on public holidays)
  • Sale of hiking maps
  • Packed lunch to take away (at extra cost)
  • Thermos jugs filled with tea or coffee (at extra cost)

If you book one of our packages on Bookatrekking.com, we will use the Mullerthal Partners as much as possible to give you the ultimate hiking experience.

Tip 10: Book your hiking trip with Bookatrekking.com

Do you want to spend the nights in the most special places, get local tips for romantic dining, a tailor-made itinerary, don't have to worry about luggage transport, and just fully enjoy yourself? Then choose one of our Bookatrekking.com packages, put together in close cooperation with our local partners.

Route 2: The most beautiful part

During this long weekend in the Mullerthal region, you start from Echternach and walk Route 2 completely. This route is all about rock formations. You can perfectly split this route into two stages, with an overnight stay in Mullerthal. You don't have to worry about the logistics of booking accommodation along the route, we'll take care of that! Check out the package here.

Route 1 & 2 combined: Short week hike

The Mullerthal Trail can also be done in a short week. Here you walk Route 1 and Route 2 in 4 stages varying between 13 and 24 kilometers per day. Route 1 also starts in Echternach and is best described as a route where you see a bit of everything. This route combines the forest, meadows, and rock formations around Echternach. Then, as Route 2 involves more climbing and height differences, Route 2 is a lot tougher than Route 1, but still doable. Again, you don't have to worry about booking accommodation along the route, we'll do that for you! Check out the package for route 1 & 2 combined.

Route 1, 2 & 3 combined: The classic route

The Mullerthal Trail can also be done as a classic hike in 6 stages. For this you will hike the entire Mullerthal in stages that vary from 13 to 25 kilometers per day. This trail combines castles, stream valleys, forest, meadows and spectacular rock formations. This package with route description, accommodation, breakfast, luggage transport can be booked here.

Tip 10: Book your hiking trip with Bookatrekking.com

Where Can I Book the Mullerthal Trail?

At Bookatrekking.com you can book the self-guided Mullerthal Trail and many other treks. We take care of all the details for you, including arranging accommodations, organizing luggage transportation and providing you with relevant information well in advance of your trek. Find our offers here. Our easy-to-use platform allows you to browse and compare different trekking options and find the perfect fit for your interests, abilities, and budget.

If you have any questions about a specific trek or need help choosing the right one for you, our team of trekking experts is here to assist you. Simply reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations and advice to help you plan the trekking adventure of a lifetime.

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