The Land of the Red Rocks lies in the South of Luxembourg. It is a region that covers a fairly wide area but there is one specific spot which has the most unexpected landscapes… and this is precisely where I’m taking you!
The lands of the Red Rocks is filled with former iron mines, as the whole region economy was once turned toward this industry. There are still a lot of traces of such past and the area, I’m showing you here, is one of them. Once an open cast mine, it has been given back to Mother Nature and is now a hiking and cycling paradise.
The best hiking spot of the Red Rocks!
As far as I know, this part of the Red Rocks is the largest area of its kind in Luxembourg or at least the largest we have found! The landscape there are incredible. Check the pictures below and you will understand.
Once you are there, which paths to follow is up to you. Just let your feet guide you.
Some of those paths will take you up in the small hills formed by the former mines. From the different plateaus, you will have a great view on what looks like a valley down below, with the city of Esch in the distance. Perfect for a picnic!
If you continue further, you will head deep into the surrounding forests. Some of the paths will take you to surrounding villages, some into fields of wheat…
You can also choose to solely take the paths that are in the ‘valley’ to admire the view from below. This area seems to always be the busiest area with lots of kids and dogs playing around.
In a previous post, I showed you another area where I like to hike in Luxembourg: The Mullerthal. I love both regions and I couldn’t choose if you asked me to!
OK… Maybe, maybe, I do prefer to hike in the Mullerthal when the weather is super hot and I’m seeking fresh air and shade. And maybe, maybe, I prefer the Red Rocks for evening picnics in Spring time… especially if it includes wine 😉
Don’t forget I have created for you a Tree guide to help you recognize trees by looking at their leaves. The perfect companion for your next hike!
Hint: there are lots of birch trees in the Red Rocks!
The Technical bits
The official website of the region: www.redrock.lu. This site includes lots of different info about the whole region.
How to get to my favorite part?
From Esch sur Alzette, follow the directions to Kayl. This road is called rue de Rumelange or route 31. Before the intersection with route 33 which goes to Rumelange, park your car on one of the parkings to your left (the P sign at the bottom of the below map). You’re there and ready to explore! (path might be a few steps behind you if you chose the second parking).
You did bring good shoes and water?! And your picnic?!