Echternach is a small picturesque town some 20 miles northeast of Luxembourg city on the German border. The medieval Abbey dominates the town, it was founded in 698 by St Willibrord – a Northumbrian monk who came to christianise the region and also Luxembourg’s only Saint – whose coffin is now in the crypt of the basilica.
Every year on Tuesday after Whitsun the world’s only “dancing procession” commemorates St Willibrord, Luxembourg’s major Saint, and whose 1350th anniversary is celebrated in 2008. Visit the Abbey museum containing facsimiles of the Bible copies that were made here in the 11th century, and the Museum of Prehistory that examines how Stone Age Man lived in the area.
And if that’s too old for you, check out the Roman villa that has been excavated near the Echternach lake, and which retraces Life some 2000 years ago.
Echternach is the capital of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland area, so called because of its craggy sandrock formations and myriad of small streams criss-crossing the region’s dense forests, a genuine hikers paradise!