Visit Luxembourg during Tour de France 2017

Luxembourg has a close relationship with the Tour de France. The country has produced four winners and this summer will be the sixth time the Grand Tour event has crossed the Grand Duchy - during 2 stages on 3 and 4 July. However, this will be the first time that the peloton will cover as much as 115 km (70 miles) in Luxembourg, taking in the Ardennes in the north, the Guttland in the centre-west, the Land of the Red Rocks in the south and the Moselle in the east. As of 3rd July you will be able to explore the country roads on which 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck used to train.

The picturesque route through Luxembourg will underline how 85% of the country’s surface area consists of fields, woodland, streams and rivers. On a magnificent high Ardennes plateau, the race will hit Luxembourg on 3rd July at one of the country’s high points: the 559m (1,834ft) Schmëtt. At Wilwerdange, the cycle path network meets the so-called Vennbahn trail which runs on an old railway line crossing Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The riders then pass through Troisvierges with its remarkable baroque St André church. Moving onto Asselborn, the countryside becomes even more picturesque. This village is located on one of the great European postal routes and also features two museums, one centred around an old watermill, with the other dedicated to the evolution of handwriting implements. The race will then pass through the calm, peaceful landscape around Derenbach, a place known for the cultivation of rare, threatened animal species.

Next comes Wiltz with its attractive sheer hillsides, the first town to be crossed. Wiltz has been the location since 1953 of an outdoor theatre and music festival that welcomes internationally renowned artists. The stage has the added attraction of an historic castle as the backdrop.

Next comes Schumannseck with its memorial path that pays homage to the victims of the Battle of the Bulge, a conflict which raged on Luxembourgish and Belgian soil during the winter of 1944/5. This path represents a vivid call for peace. Heading towards Kaundorf, the Tour riders will take in attractive gentle rolling hills, then will enter the Upper Sûre Natural Park featuring the exceptional landscape created when the dam was built.

After a quick decent into Esch-sur-Sûre with its historic castle ruins, the stage will hit one of its most demanding sections: the côte d’Eschdorf. The landscape becomes more gentle as the race leaves the Ardennes to cross the valley plains of the Guttland. These localities are rich in Roman and Baroque religious heritage, such as the romantic Valley of the Seven Castles which will lead the racers across pastures and through ancient forests. This rural atmosphere is epitomised by Kehlen, a village worth visiting not least for its distillery museum. The course will then cross Mamer, where double Tour winner in 1927 and 1928 Nicolas Frantz was born.

The peloton then moves on to the country’s second town, Esch-sur-Alzette, the home of the University of Luxembourg. Next day, on 4th July, the new stage will start from Mondorf-les-Bains, home of the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank. After a 12km (7.5 mile) loop next to the Moselle river, the race will reach France via Schengen. This village is symbolic of on-going freedom of movement between 26 European countries.

http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/tour-de-france-2017

Publication date
19 April 2017
Author
Luxembourg for Tourism
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