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The Luxembourg Way

General remarks

One of the objectives of the "Frënn vum Camino de Santiago de Compostela" consists of the description and the markup of the Way of St James through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Apart a few sections, the way is connected to the vast network of trails of Luxembourg.

During the Middle Age, the pilgrims used the existing trade routes as well as the ancient Roman roads, and oriented themselves along the rivers on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

When choosing the pilgrimage route, the “Frënn vum Camino” opted for a compromise between the past and the present. For this reason the path is practical and authentic at the same time. So it runs along places where the cult of St James was practiced in the past, such as the localities of Münschecker, Roodt / Syr and the Jakobsberg near the village of Berbourg, but it also joins the high places of pilgrimage of Echternach and the city of Luxembourg, giving the possibility to profit from the marvelous nearby caterings and accommodations.

In 2020 the signage was completely renewed and further on it will be maintained in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

The itinerary of the Way

From the point of the three borders Lieler / Ouren, the path follows the river Our, crosses Vianden, largely borders the river Sûre to Echternach, continues via Grevenmacher towards the city of Luxembourg then reaches Dudelange and leads to Schengen.

Places of interest :

Echternach: basilica housing the tomb of St Willibrord.

Jakobsberg: remains of a hermitage. At the place called "Jokesbierg" a market was organized each 25th of July, but was abolished on July 23rd, 1799.Münschecker: the saint is venerated in the church, the fountain of St James springs up next to it.

Grevenmacher: during excavations, a scallop was found next to the bones of a deceased.
Roodt / Syr: the only parish church in Luxembourg with relics of St James.

Luxembourg: the capital has two places of pilgrimage: during the octave 'Our Lady of Consolation' is venerated in the cathedral and, during the Lent, believers come to pray to the 'Black Madonna' in the St John's Church which is located at the Stadtgrund.

Dudelange: at the "Gehaansbierg" (uphill, near the path) the ruins of a castle which belonged to the Order of St John can be found. Pilgrimages were organized to the adjacent chapel.

Schengen: in this locality, next to the banks of the river Moselle, at the Franco-German-Luxembourg tripoint, the Schengen agreement has been ratified. This treaty opens the borders to the free passage of people and goods.

After crossing the Moselle bridge in Schengen, the Luxembourg path leaves the country and joins the one that connects Trier to Metz.

Practical instructions

Public Transport - some advices - Signage - different Stages - overnight stays - pilgrim’s passport & stamp.

As of March 1st, 2020, all public transports are free of charge in Luxembourg (train-bus-funicular-tram).
On mobilitéit.lu you can find all the possible connections.
Obviously, all attendees want to know where to stay overnight. For this reason, we start a fictitious run of the St. James Luxembourg pilgrim way - (from Lieler to Schengen - about 180 km) - to show you all the possibilities where to stay overnight. For safety, we recommend, to book the hotels and youth hostels in advance.
Those who are accompanied by children and may have strollers along, should start the Pilgrim Way only at Vianden because the route from Lieler to Vianden is rather inadequate for this purpose.

Route Signage
Mostly the yellow scallop shell and an additional directional yellow arrow accompany you almost all the way. If there is no arrow, you should always follow the pointing prongs of the scallop shell. If no scallop and no sticker are attached, follow the yellow arrow. The exact route is also published under geoportal.lu

How to reach Lieler?
The best means is to travel by train and alight at Clervaux station. At the bus station of the secondary school (about 250 m from the Clervaux railway station) you will find the public bus stop. Here you take the bus to Lieler (about 30 minutes) and you should get out off the bus at the stop “Schull”. From here on the route is signposted.
You take the downhill street (about 2 km) in the direction “Trois Frontières” (Ouren). At the tri-border point (monument of Europe) you turn to the right. This is where the real path begins.

From Lieler to Vianden - Bridge and statue of Nepomuk (40,8 km).
Concerning the section between the monument of Europe and Dasbourg, be aware that path could be inaccessible due to seasonal floods. Please note that leaving Dasbourg you have to walk alternately on the road because a sidewalk is not always available.
If your physical strength is sufficient, try to reach Vianden where you will find a lot of hotels.
If not, you can split the distance and do it in two stages. Here is our proposal :
- You book an hotel in Vianden for 2 nights. On road there are several public bus stops. The first one is located in Dasbourg after around 16 km walk from Lieler. The next one is Rodershausen about 1,7 km further on. Here you can break away and take the bus to the hotel. The following day you return by bus and alight where you got the bus the day before and continue the stage to Vianden.
- In Dasbourg (after 16 km) you can book the Daytona Hotel (on the German border side) or you stay overnight in Eisenbach (Camping Kohnenhof). To do this, you would have to extend the stage by 5 kilometers.
- You book an hotel at Clervaux. A bus takes you there and back without changing.

From Vianden to Echternach (Willibrord Basilica. (27,5 km).
At Echternach a lot of hotels and a youth hostel offering 118 beds are available. The youth hostel is located on the edge of the lake, 2 km away from the City Center.

From Echternach to Grevenmacher , Church (21,5 km)
Arrived at Grevenmacher, we propose to return by bus to Echternach in order to spend a second night over there. The bus will take you back to Grevenmacher the following day. Grevenmacher itself is devoid of any hotels, except the Hotel Simon’s Plaza located in the industrial area called “Potaschberg” (5 km further on). Another possibility is to cross the Mosel-Bridge and reach the German side. At Wellen (turn to the right after crossing the bridge and go on for 1 km approximately) you will find an hotel called “Pension Weber”
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From Grevenmacher to the City of Luxembourg, Cathedral 34 km)
The City of Luxembourg has a youth hostel offering 240 beds as well as a large choice of hotels.

From Luxembourg to Dudelange, Church (25 km).
Arrived at Dudelange you have several opportunities. Either you return by train to Luxembourg-city to pass the night, or you stay in a Hotel at Dudelange (Hotel Cottage). Another possibility is to take the public bus to Esch-Alzette and alight at the terminal stop. (bus and railway station). Here you will find a youth hostel offering 122 beds. In this case you return to Dudelange (from Luxembourg-city or Esch-Alzette) and continue the pilgrim path.

From Dudelange to Schengen, Mosel-Bridge (31 km)
Before reaching Schengen, you will cross Remerschen. Here is a youth hostel offering 150 beds. Another opportunity is to go by bus to Remich, where enough hotels are available.

In Schengen, at the Europa Info Center, you can buy a brochure which describes the way to Langres. The Tourist information is open every day: November to March from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Where can I get a pilgrim pass (Credential)?
With us, the Frënn vum Camino de Santiago de Compostelle asbl. (Tél 00352 500085- meca@pt.lu). Payment by bank transfer of 5 € to one of the accounts listed below.
BILL LU23 0026 1860 9432 7800
CCPL LU29 1111 2311 2571 0000
After payment, the passport will be delivered by post. Note that this is the official passport issued by the Cathedral of Santiago. Note the following comment on this. The “Credentials” change their outlook from time to time, but they remain always valid.

Where can I get a stamp?
Have a stamp with date entered in your passport where you stay overnight. You can get it also in tourist information offices, campsites, town hall, petrol stations, pubs, parish priest, etc. There are no regulations for the issue of the stamp. The seal does not have to bear the sign of a church or a conch.

Gastronomy and accommodation
The hotels and restaurants, are also published under : geoportal.lu (Tourisme >Sentiers de randonnée >Randonnées itinéraires >Chemin de Saint Jacques >Découverte du Luxembourg > Gastronomie et hébergement)

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