||290 Route 34. GRUNDHOF. From Luxembourg
From Wallendorf a road leads along the left bank of the Our, via
Ammeldingen and Gentingen, to Roth and (7/2 M.) Vianden (p. 289).
Beyond the sudden bend of the Sure, the valley contracts (inter-
esting walk to Echternach), — From the station of Dillingen we may
reach Befort (see below) through the Mihlbach- Tal.
13 M. Grundhof (575 ft.; Réder’s Inn, rustic), at the confluence
of the Schwarze Erenz (p. 283) with the Sure, is the starting-point
for many interesting walks (marked paths).
About %/; M. from Grundhof, in the valley of the Erenz, a footpath
diverges to the right and leads to the romantic *Hallerbach Valley, with its
fantastic rocks, defiles, waterfalls, and luxuriant yv getation. The path
finally ascends wlong the Taupeschbach to Befort or Beaufort (1195 ft.; Hét.
Kessler; H6t. Bleser), a village on the plateau-edge of the valley, famed for
its cherry-brandy. It affords a striking *View of the Old Castle (16th cent.),
an interesting Renaissance structure, and of the New Castle (17th cent.),
both now belonging to the Even family.
The highroad ascending through the valley of the Erenz to the S.
leads from Grundhof through fine woods and past a new chateau (1906 ;
right) to (33/, M.) the Mirter-Tat, an expansion of the Erenz valley, with
the Hotel-Café des Touristes and a group of mills; to the right, on a rocky
pinnacle, are the scanty remains of the Heringerbusg or ‘Templars’ Castle’.
A little above this point, on the left bank, begins a series of most fantastic
rocky formations (the finest points made accessible by paths and pointed
out by finger-posts). The Erenz. the bed of which contains enormous
boulders, forms a pretty waterfall (25 ft. high) at the Promenaden-Briicke.
At the end of the gorge is a road diverging to the left, which passes below
the Bulenburg, a small circle of rocks affording a good view, and the huge
sandstone cliffs of the Goldfralay and the Goldkaul (footpath marked M),
and leads to the village of Consdovy (p. 288) and to (4'/4-1'/o hr.) the station
of the narrow-gauge railway. — Our road keeps to the right and ascends
through the ravine of the Kesseller-Bach to the village of Christnach (H6t.
Cloessener), the Roman Crucenacum. Thence we may proceed to the W.
on the shadeless highroad, over the watershed between the Schwarze and
the Weisse Hrenz, to (3 M.) Larochette (p. 283).
From GRUSDHOF TO EcaTERNACH VIA BeRDoRF, 31/4 hrs. (path marked B).
A path diverging to the left, near the mouth of the wooded valley of the
Hrenz, ascends steeply to (20 min.) the *Schnellert, a long row of sand-
stone rocks on the upper edge of the valley. Among the most striking
points in the fantastic rocky scenery are the Kasselt (1165 ft.; view), the
Sept Gorges or Siebenschliig?, a narrow gorge with smooth walls, the Wanter-
bachfelsen, the Héll, the Welrschrumschliif’, the Binzeltschliif#?, on the road
to Berdorf, and the Ice Grotto. From the Schnellert we cross the plateau
to (1/4 hr.) Berdorf (1245 ft.; Kinnen’s Inn, 80 R. at 21/2-3. pens. 5-6 fr.).
Beneath the altar in the old parish-church is a Roman ara’, with reliefs
of Hercules, Juno, Minerva, and Apollo (fee to the sacristan). To the S.
of Berdorf a path through the fields leads in V/, hr. to the Hohlie, in the
upper “Eisbach-Tal, an enormous rock with a cavern formed by the quar-
rying of mill-stones, and popularly supposed to have been first used by the
Romans; one pillar of rock has been left to support the roof. Hence a
good path leads down the valley, back to the Echternach road. At the
point where this is reached, the picturesque valley of the Halsbach (with
the Zigeunerlei and the Wilkeschkammer) opens on the left (path marked A).
At the angle of the two gorges rises the lofty Perekop, which may be
ascended by a kind of rocky ‘cheminée’ or funnel. Farther on in the
Ehsbach-Tal is the Labyrinth (right bank; w: y-post); the Getersweg (finger-
post), on the left bank, leads to a small rocky gateway with two openings,
one above the other. Farther on the higbroad reaches the station of Fels-
mithle (p. 294). An attractive path leads through the romantic Wol/sschlucht,
a curious cleft in the rock halfway up the slope, and past the pavilion
of Trosskneppchen (view) direct to Echternach (comp. p- 292).