Written by Kylie Mullis
Rosport is a small town located in the eastern part of Luxembourg, known for its picturesque natural beauty and hiking trails. It is situated in the Mullerthal region, also called “Little Switzerland,” which is famous for its stunning landscapes, rocky cliffs, dense forests, and meandering rivers.
Start near the church in Rosport, where most of Luxembourg’s bottled water originates. The well-known company “Sources Rosport s.a.” is exploiting two mineral water sources: a first mineral spring called “Rosport”, delivering naturally sparkling water and a second spring, supplying the still water named “Viva”.
The village is also known as the home of Henri Tudor (1859-1928), the official inventor of the lead-acid battery and the builder of the world’s first electric car. The beginning of the walk leads you through large gardens past Tudor’s former family home, now housing the town hall and a museum dealing with Tudor’s life and achievements. This house was one of the first in the country to get electric lighting. Tudor’s company also supplied Echternach with electricity, illuminating it for the first time in 1886.
Now, head towards Girsterklaus, a hamlet in the hills south of Rosport, and see its tiny church (fourteenth century, built on Roman foundations). It is said to be the oldest sanctuary in Luxembourg. Inside, enjoy the beautiful Lady altar and the remains of some lovely frescoes depicting the apostles.
Continue through the sloping hillsides to see some magnificent views over the Sûre Valley, its wooded sides, and its numerous orchards.
Duration: 2 h
Elevation: 188-327 m
Level: moderate (5/10)
Walking ground quality: good
Here are some other notable hiking trails and attractions in the region:
The Mullerthal Trail is a well-known long-distance hiking trail that spans over 112 kilometers and is divided into three main routes (Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3). The trail passes through Rosport and offers hikers a chance to explore the region’s diverse landscapes, including rocky formations, narrow gorges, and lush green forests.
Teufelsschlucht (Devil’s Gorge):
Although not directly in Rosport (or in Luxembourg!), Teufelsschlucht is a nearby natural attraction worth visiting. It is just across the border in Germany and is a deep ravine with impressive rock formations and a small waterfall. You can hike through the gorge and marvel at the unique geological features.
Echternach, a charming town close to Rosport, serves as the starting point for many hiking trails. The town itself is worth exploring with its medieval architecture and famous Benedictine abbey. From Echternach, you can access several trails that lead you through the enchanting landscapes of the Mullerthal region.
Beaufort Castle is a historic castle located near Rosport. While it’s not a hiking trail itself, the castle and its surroundings offer a beautiful backdrop for a leisurely walk. You can explore the castle’s ruins and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the area.
When hiking in Rosport and the Mullerthal region, it’s essential to be prepared with appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy footwear, water, and a map or guidebook. Additionally, make sure to follow any safety guidelines and respect the natural environment by staying on designated trails and not littering.
Hiking is a great activity during the summer, so be sure to check out these trails for a fun escape into nature!!