Layby near ViandenOctober 7, 2017 in Luxembourg ⋅
After leaving Echternach we wound our way along a gorgeous tree lined valley on a road that snaked a course above the river's path. At some points the river formed the national border and at one point we crossed a bridge, only to find ourselves in Germany. Returning to Luxembourg a little further upstream, we eventually found a layby of bare earth and long grass in a forest. The road was quiet and it was good to get away from the bustle of town parking and see the stars twinkling in a dark sky when night fell.
The last place that had been recommended for us to visit in Luxembourg was Vianden and so after a restful night's sleep we tootled the few kilometres down the hill and parked up at the base of the chairlift. Vianden was nestled at the bottom of the valley along the River Our. The streets were narrow, often cobbled and without pavements. A grand castle bore imposingly down from its defensive position high up on the steep valley slope. There was a fishing competition taking place and tens of thousands of euros worth of equipment was being dangled hopfully over the fast flowing water. A few coaches of tourists came in and took selfies on the stone bridge, chainsaws revved from the woods and the noise of Saturday morning vacuum cleaners reverberated off the walls of stone houses. It didn't look too busy but it sounded it and we retreated to the chairlift that scooped us calmly over the river, high up on to the wooded slopes. We enjoyed the ride and the zig zag walk down the forest track, stopping off for a close up look at the castle a third of the way down.Read more