Always follow the bat! The signposts with its picture lead us through former open-cast mining areas with mysterious caves and deep holes, through gorges in the red rocks, through secluded forests and even through allotment gardens. On the Natura 2000 nature trail in Ellergronn (Esch-Alzette) you will definitely learn a lot.  

The trail is divided into three different loops, each dedicated to a theme. The shortest loop is 2.5 kilometres long and starts at the Esch animal shelter. It is well suited for inexperienced hikers and families with small children and tells how nature reclaimed the former open-cast mining areas in the area in just a few decades.

Loop number 2 (4.5 km) starts at the Gaalgebierg Park and deals with the topic of the use of the ore mining areas then and now. Loop number 3 starts at the Ellergronn Nature and Forest Centre. It leads for 5 km mainly through the forest and questions the relationship of man to the forests.  

Of course, you can also combine the loops and complete them all one after the other. For the 12 km with some ups and downs you need about 3 hours, a little longer if you want to take a break sometimes. 

Information for parents:

  • The route map for the nature trail loops is available here. Loops A and B are rather not suitable for prams.  
  • You can find out more about the Ellergronn Nature and Forest Centre here.
  • There are large car parks at Ellergronn. You can also take the bus (TICE – Ligne 12, Arrêt Place Pierre Ponath) or borrow a Vël’OK.  
  • The centre offers regular activities. The annual programme can be found here.
  • From 3 to 6 June, the “Biodiversity Days” are coming up, and on 6 June there will even be a “Family Day” with exciting workshops. The programme can be found here
  • Speaking of biodiversity: Currently and until 6 June, all residents and guests in Minett are called upon to take part in the Minett UNESCO Biosphere’s “BioBlitz” campaign. You can upload pictures of animals, insects, plants and fungi via the iNaturalist app. In this way, you help science to get to know the diversity of species in the Minett better. Read more about this campaign here
  • You can learn about the industrial history of the area at the Cockerill mine Museum. It is located right next to the nature and forest centre.