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Echternach

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Echternach is a commune with town status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach lies near the border with Germany, and is the oldest town (current population 4,610) in Luxembourg.It grew around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, which was founded in 698 by St Willibrord, an English monk from Ripon, Northumbria (in present-day North Yorkshire, England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians. As bishop, he was the Echternach monastery's abbot until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the notable Dancing procession of Echternach takes place annually on Whit Tuesday.The river Sauer that flows past the town now forms the border between Luxembourg and Germany; in the later Roman Empire and under the Merovingians by contrast, the Sauer did not form a border or march in this area. The Roman villa at Echternach (traces of which were rediscovered in 1975) was reputed to be the largest North of the Alps. It was later part of the Electorate of Trier (present-day Germany) and was presented to Willibrord by Irmina (Irmine), daughter of Dagobert II, king of the Franks. Other parts of the Merovingians' Roman inheritance were presented to the Abbey by king of the Franks Pepin the Short.
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Architectural Building
Abbey of Echternach
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Echternach Lake
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Hiking Trail
Gorges du loup
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Landmark
Place du Marche
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Side trips from Echternach

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Hiking Trail
Mullerthal Trail Mullerthal
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Castle
Vianden Castle Vianden
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Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
MNHM National Museum of Military History Diekirch
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Castle
Chateau de Clervaux Clervaux
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Hidden gems in Echternach

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Church
Saint Willibrord Basilica Echternach
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Government Building
City Hall
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ruin
Roman Villa
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Peter und Paul Kirche
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Echternach

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Park
Stadtpark Echternach
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Echternach

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Recreational Center
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Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Echternach

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History Museum
Musee de Prehistoire
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Duration: 1h 30 min