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About the Minett Trail

90 km(56 mi)
Type of trail

Difficulty is highly personal. Be aware of the weather conditions as bad weather turns easier trails in difficult trails especially in the mountains.


Lodging means a mix of hotels, hostels or AirBnB’s.

Elevation gain
1064 m(3491 ft)
Hills, Countryside
Most of the time
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The Minett Trail is a fairly new, 90-kilometer long-distance trail through the nature reserves of southern Luxembourg, a region historically significant for its iron ore (minett) extraction. This area, known as Minett, has been influenced by industrial activities, which have shaped its landscapes, culture, and natural environments.

Nowadays, you can hike through 10 stages where nature has taken over again the region where there was such great industrial influence. You’ll even hike through several former open-pit mines. These sites, inactive for over 40 years, have gradually been overtaken by natural regrowth, transforming the ecosystems back to their natural glory.


Elmar Teegelbeckers

Passionate hiker Elmar spends months of his time on the trail. He’s usually on the lookout for hidden gems in one of his favourite countries such as Slovenia, Switzerland and Japan. He founded hiking-trails.com in need for a community and detailed information about the trails. Before this, he worked for the Alpine asscociation in the Netherlands[ (NKBV) but lost his heart to the trails.

With this website and socials, he hopes to shape an inclusive community for hikers all over world. No matter your speed, experience or level, you can get out there to enjoy the trails and connect with the heartwarming hiking community. Life is so much better outside and he hopes to inspire hikers to take their first, or next, step on the trail.

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The Trail

The Minett Trail spans 11 municipalities, starting in Clemency and ending in Bettembourg, and features a variety of landscapes including rocky outcrops, lush vegetation, and former mining sites. The industrial sites you’ll hike through are enriched by a mild microclimate that fosters biodiversity. Furthermore, it is also recognized by UNESCO.

The region of the Minett Trail has been recognized by UNESCO as a “Man and Biosphere” reserve. Today, the goal is to ensure the greater sustainability of human activity in the region, so as to protect nature in the area.

Along the 90-kilometer route, you will stay at a series of uniquely designed lodges, called Kabaisercher, which are really unique, cool, architectural concepts. These include a floating lodge on a lake near the water tower in Dudelange, temporary mobile lodges in Esch-sur-Alzette, a lodge set within a former water basin in Schifflange, and a repurposed old railway carriage at Fond-de-Gras in Pétange.


As this trail consists of ten stages in total. Of course, you can always link two (shorter) stages together or decide to stop your day earlier. These are the suggested official stages.

Stage 1:

Clemency – Pétange, 7 km | 4 mi

Stage 2:

Pétange – Differdange, 16 km | 10 mi

Stage 3:

Differdange – Belvaux, 8 km | 5 mi

Stage 4:

Belvaux – Esch-sur-Alzette, 7 km | 4 mi

Stage 5:

Esch-sur-Alzette – Tétange, 12 km | 8 mi

Stage 6:

Tétange – Rumelange, 8 km | 5 mi

Stage 7:

Rumelange – Dudelange, 11 km | 7 mi

Stage 8:

Esch-sur-Alzette – Schifflange, 9 km | 6 mi

Stage 9:

Schifflange – Bergem, 6 km | 4 mi

Stage 10:

Bergem – Bettembourg, 12 km | 7 mi


As for places to stay, you’ve got a pretty wide selection depending on what you’re looking for. There are cozy bed and breakfasts set up in old buildings that have been fixed up to keep their charm. If you prefer something a bit more up-to-date, there are plenty of modern hotels that offer more luxury.

Stay at the Kabaisercher

Have you ever thought about spending the night in a little castle, or maybe an old school building? How about a floating cabin or a train sleeping compartment? It might not sound too fancy, but the “Kabaisercher” on the Minett Trail are something special. These hiking lodges mix their interesting histories with modern materials, design, and technology, offering stylish and comfortable accommodations.

There are eleven different “Kabaisercher,” each selected for its historical significance and its integration into the Minett Trail. These places are historic sites or buildings that have been renovated or constructed to enhance your experience on the Minett Trail.

Best time of the year

The best time of the year to hike the Minett Trail and general in Luxembourg is from late spring to early autumn, specifically between May and October. During these months, the weather is most favorable for hiking, with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. Note that it can be snowy and temperatures drop dramatically in the winter months here.

Safety & Gear

Always bring your essentials for a better trail experience. Before you go, make sure you have shoes with enough grip and have broken them in at home. Especially when it rains and the paths can be muddy, you’ll want a comfortable shoe. Bring your layers, at least a baselayer, mid-layer, and a hardshell rain jacket for occasional rain showers. Take enough water and food with you and always put the GPX in an app for navigation on your mobile phone.

Good to know

The Minett Trail is a perfect trail for beginner long-distance hikers and is best walked from April to October. The trails are well-marked and not too technical. It’s a wonderful area to get away from it all, recharge, and enjoy nature. In the winter months, it can be quite cold and snowy. One thing that is great about Luxembourg is the free public transport in the whole country.

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