Titled as the Pearl of Moselle, Remich shares the border with France and Germany, in the highlands of Ardennes. With the outskirts covered in vineyards and fruit orchid, the settlement is embraced in a ring of verdant woodlands. The lush greenery contrasts with the medieval outlook of this picturesque town, which has inspired its epithet as the region’s pearl.
This green refuge is surrounded by hiking and cycling routes that reward the hikers with breathtaking vistas. To discover the gem of Moselle, here is our guide to the top 15 attractions in Remich.
Formerly as a prosperous Roman city, Remich was a fishing hub, producing hand-crafted goods and masterfully brewed wine; while encompassing a bountiful landscape. After several intrusive attacks, the town manifested a defensive strategy, building a fortress and a military watchtower. Today remains of the fortress’s ramparts and the base structure of the fort still stands, testifying Remich’s turbulent history.
The old town is a labyrinth of medieval houses, veranda viewpoints, and heritage sites, marking the touristic hub of present-day Remich. Maacher Gaass street stretches at the heart of the old alleys; flanked by artistic cafes, cozy restaurants, and fresh produce shops that have operated since over a century ago. Rue St Cunibert’s charismatic medieval apartments once accommodated the Gallo-roman ancestry.
The most significant residence in Cunibert is the 7th-century natal residence of a holy man, later titled as archbishop of Cologne. The pedestrian precinct of the old town displays a series of magnificent ancient urban art; fountains, sculptures, and monuments from distinctive timelines. Interesting hotel rooms at the medieval noble residences and castles are a tourist fashion in Remich; and unique experience within itself.
Rising high at the city’s historical center, the Decanal Church initially operated as a part of the old town’s defensive structure, built in the 12th century. The outer appearance of the church resembles a fortlet, with rococo architectural renovations added in the following centuries. Artistic designs on the interior embrace elements such as fresco depictions of Saints Stephanus and Laurentius, the patron saints of the parish church, and a richly decorated altar at the epicenter of a magnificent vault, colored in warm hues.
A mausoleum at the side of Église houses a few tombs of the well-regarded counts and countesses of Remich, known for their highly charitable endeavors.
The ancient inhabitants of Remich dwelled as a fishing village, on the fertile banks of Moselle river, even before Roman’s presence in the region. This legacy yet remained after the succession of Christianity. The Gate of Saint Nicholas was built in the honor of the Fisherman’s Patron Saint, as a benediction for the sailors.
Rue Saint Nicholas, named by its ancient gate, is one of the renowned streets of the old town, where visitors can stay in the medieval accommodations and take a stroll among the scenic Esplanade. Tor tasting the canton’s nouvelle cuisine restaurants in this neighborhood offer authentic dishes, with a vista overlooking the vineyard valleys of east Moselle.
Paces from Dr. F. Kons Square soars the figure of Bacchus, riding a wine barrel; at Bacchus fountain, the masterful sculpture of Bucchus, the Roman God of Vine, was sculpted by Will Lofy, the contemporary Luxembourgish artist. The fountain symbolizes the ever-flowing springs of wine in the culture of Remich. In accordance, a few renowned wineries exhibit authentic wines and limited edition bottles, sided with several top-notch restaurants and bistros encircling the fountain; often regarded for their wide array of quality wines, both imported and locally brewed.
An annual festival in this square celebrates the viticulture of the canton, sided by wine tasting and banquets of Luxembourgish Entréeën.
Waterfronts of Moselle River are treasured in various manners at Remich; golf courses, camping areas, a large swimming pool, and the renowned promenades of Remich. Representing the largest golf course in the region’s largest mini-golf course, Minigolf bids a full 18 course on natural grass; with long tees, arcades, and children play area. As a family-friendly recreational center, a small restaurant with picture-worthy scenery marks a perfect place for delicious snacks, refreshments, and a few souvenir photos.
Other attractions next to the Minigolf are Promenade de la Moselle, a fun mini-scooter track for children, and an open-air swimming pool; with water slides, diving slaps, and aquatic games structures, even for the youngest visitors. Swimming pool’s restaurant is best known for its belvedere and the town’s best Crémant.
Forest of Réimecher lounges at the north of Remich urban boundaries until the southern rural of the picturesque town of Stadtbredimus. Veined with many hiking paths, the forest is best known for its remarkable scenery; of moss ridden trees, leaf-covered detritus, sweeping silver streams and panoramic vistas atop the verdant hills.
The footpaths crossing the heart of Réimecher are collectively known as Nordic walking trails; comprising the 56-kilometer long Bësch circuit and small trail of Heedbach with its romantic wooden bridge that marks a photogenic spot in the woodland. The first trail from Remich lies after the old town and the castle, climbing upwards.
It ultimately leads to the wine hike Sentier de la Moselle, also recognized as a national footpath and one of Luxembourg’s most beautiful landscapes.
As a characteristic of Luxembourgish municipalities, weekly, seasonal and annual markets set forth much beyond quality products and exceptionally laid-out stalls; an antiquated tradition of the craftsmanship, inherited recipes of cheese and cured meat and wine and the unique ambient of this civic gathering, all illustrate the town’s culture.
Music bands from a nation-wide artist on every Sunday at Dr. F. Kons Square, as an addition to the Sunday market. At the heart of the city, visitors can find an appetizing meal at restaurants, or a drink at cafes with high terraces; overlooking the bustling streets filled with cheerful shoppers, graceful merchants, photographing tourists, and the glistening view of Moselle.
For the fans of European vintage fashion, Vide Dressing locale attracts thousands of visitors each year for its outstanding and stylish collections, only at a stone-throw from Dr. F. Kons Square.
Following the Nordic trails from the wine footpaths behind the old town, the way leads to the cellars of Saint Martin caves. After a brief hike from the castle, a kilometer-long tunnel conceals the magnificent cellar of Saint Martin. Regarded as a treasure trove of authentic wines, the underground vault holds a variety of wine from Rosé, sparkling white, dry to sweet, and even peculiar hand brews, aged over decades occasionally.
With Guided Trekking Tours, visitors can discover the wine tasting breweries at various spots throughout the trail, and Saint Martin’s cellar. Although for the fans of self-guided tours, pamphlets and route maps on the indicative panels can assist a fairly delightful experience.
Recognized as the largest public park in Remich, Brill Park sprawls at the urban center, laden with sports facilities and touristic conveniences; from children’s playground with a sandy floor and safeguarded boundaries, a tennis court, magnificently decorated pond and tree-lined passages, among grassy shades, perfect for winding up during hot summer days. While the largest, Brill is not the only municipal park in the town.
Gréin Réimech stretches along the west banks of Moselle, encircling Promenade de la Moselle. This green zone sits at proximity to the city’s ancient quarters; where fine dining with quality wine and classy cafes are a part of the borough’s essence. Gréin has designated particular areas for picnic and barbeque in nature. Feeding aquatic bird species, walking on the town’s main trail and children’s playground are among the favorite activities of the park.
Millerad Park is situated in the vicinity of the weekly Sunday market, marking the borough’s get-together hub at Dr. F. Kons Square. During the market fairs, shoppers seek a green refuge from the bustling stalls, noted for the cool shades of trees, a delightful café and a meeting point for friends and families.
Whether on foot, bike, or a car, the lake of Baggerweieren expenses at a brief distance from the town’s old alleys to the south. Recommended for sunbathing and swimming destination, lake Remerschen is most popular as a family day-trip.
Bird watching licensed recreational fishing with scenic photography and hiking highlights the lake’s activities.
Locating the heart of Haff Réimech Nature reserve, a distance of 6 kilometers connects Remich to the canton of Schengen; besides the lake, the region conceals a wealth of nature and many significant heritage sites; including Gallo-Roman Grave Monument, Museum of Valentiny Foundation, and Wind Turbines indicating the Schengen’s vineyards. The entire municipality renders cultural vestiges and intellectual centers encircled by an outstanding landscape; in effect, Schengen stands a prevalent sightseeing destination with posh touristic amenities.
An artificial island harbors the natural conservation center Biodiversum, seated amid the lake Haff Réimech. It is surrounded by diverse aquatic and land species; though the building of the center itself is a prize-winning and state-of-the-art eco-friendly architecture.
Remich is conceivably the most festive town in the grand duchy, with a festival nearly for any characteristic cultural elements. Wine festivals are the most impressive among all; traditional Crémant sparkling wine festival, Bacchusfescht in the summer flea market, and a week of wine tasting during the Whitsun weekend. Another festival in the same contest, but different in spirit, is Remich’s renowned UM GRÉIN festival; draft beer, barbeque, and music are brought together in this summer festival for a few weeks.
Through the colder months, the municipality entertains festivals in a unique manner; the carnival of Ash Wednesday, CAVALCADE Carnival, an artisan Christmas market, and an ice rink. Street food festivals, small music, and artisan markets and many other temporary fairs take place in this ever-festive inhabitation.
Within the entire territory of the canton, Stadtbredimus represents the viticulture pole of the canton since ancient times and an ultimate destination for wine connoisseurs. Strolling on the stone-paved pedestrian ways of the small town, it is easy to come across breweries, restaurants with top-notch quality food served on sun-beamed patios; even a few hotels are themed with ancient wineries.
On a prominent rock, Stadtbredimus castle dates back to the early Middle Ages and was later owned and renovated by la Fontaine family. Today, the ancient fortification houses the headquarters of Domaines Vinsmoselle, presenting one of the most established wine seals across the globe.
Amid the southern jungles of the canton, Mondorf-les-Bains is a touristic hub with peculiar characteristics; it is one of the few natural hot springs in the grand duchy, home to the country’s only casino and sprinkled with stylish diners, posh hotel accommodations, and wellness spas- as the city’s main attraction. The historic evidence in the region testifies the presence of Celts in 600 BC, followed by Gallo-roman inhabitants.
During a war break out, the initial settlement was set on fire and recreated in the 19th century. Consequently, the oldest remaining structure is Saint Michael’s church, constructed through seven centuries. Notable features of the church are its rococo decorations, a magnificent organ, and remarkably sculpted masterworks.
Thermal spring spas are rather the result of an industrial endeavor in the 19th century, establishing a salt mining operation. Drilling the earth’s crust unsealed the way to highly mineralized aquifers. Though the project was assumed as futile, the murky waters were rich in iron and healing properties. This gave birth to the idea of hot spring spas and the formation of Société Anonyme des Bains de Mondorf.
Today, the town is famous for a range of curative treatments, massages, saunas, and beautifying wellness facilities.
A day trip from the thermal spas, Dalheim epitomizes an ancient Romanos colony known as Dalheim Ricciacum dating from the 1st century BC. The remains of a Gallo-roman theatre and foundation of a few villas are situated in the south of the modern city, encircled with an enchanting landscape.
A small hike from the roman ruins descends to the old quarters, crossing the 18th century Church of Saint Peter and Paul. Listed as one of the Grand’s Duchy most charming churches, the artistic elements of Église include pastel-colored frescoed depictions of the 18th century, prominent with Flemish influence, and several remarkable statues.
Perhaps the most important monument in the region is arguably the monument of Schengen, at a distance of 5 kilometers from Remich; the memorial marker of Schengen Agreement. Three monuments signify Freedom in efforts of Germany, France and Luxembourg at the border triangle, and its adjacent museum, European Centre of Schengen.
The museum harbors an elegant cafeteria, An der aller schwemm, at its entrance. Geographical vicinity results in inevitable cultural influence, which is found particularly in cuisine. The gastronomy of Remich is no exception; with substantial ingredients of German cuisine, cooked with French techniques; standing as a must-try among Luxembourgish typical cuisines.