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Abbaye d'Echternach

Just north of the basilica, 19th-century Benedictine abbey buildings spread towards the tree-lined banks of the Sûre. Most of the complex is now a school and closed to the public, but its famous scriptorium in the v…
Church in Echternach

St-Willibrord Basilica

St-Willibrord Basilica is part of the Abbaye d'Echternach complex. First raised around AD 700, it was rebuilt in 1862 but bombed to rubble during WWII, when much of the town was severely damaged. Nonetheless, Willib…
Ruins in Echternach

Villa Romaine

Excavated during the creation of the reservoir lake, today a popular boating and recreation area, this Roman villa has sparse, over-neatened remains but was obviously an impressively large, peristyle set-up. Free 30…
Italian in Echternach

Oktav Amadeus

Framed by a wrap-around street terrace, this sleek spot has black-and-white decor and waistcoated waiters serving classic Italian pasta, thin-crust pizza and more substantial mains (such as scampi sautéed in garlic,…
Cultural in Echternach


On Whit Tuesday, 51 days after Easter Sunday, the Sprinprozession sees many townsfolk and pilgrims whipping out their handkerchiefs as thousands dance in formation through the streets of Echternach. It's the culmina…
Mediterranean in Echternach


Away from the tourist beat, 400m east of the central square by the bridge to Germany, contemporary GriMouGi serves innovative salads, such as seared duck with roast plums, and artistically presented mains like musse…
Architecture in Echternach


The most distinctive building on Echternach's delightful town square is this stone-fronted former law court. Its origins date back to the 14th century, though the arcade, statues and corner turrets that give it its …
Gelato in Echternach

Gelateria Venezia

As soon as temperatures rise above 15ºC, queues start forming at the Luxembourg branch of this Belgian mini-chain. Pistachio and coconut are standouts among the regularly changing flavours.