Forum of Civilizations-Echternach Days - The city of Echternach




The city of Echternach

The Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg as a significant financial capital is, next to Brussels and Strasbourg, the third seat of government in the European Union. At the same time Luxembourg is a center of the greater region of Saar-Lor-Lux next to Metz, Saarbrucken and Trier.

Echternach (population of 5,400) is the oldest city of the Grand Dutchy and has a direct borderline to Germany in the East. It is also just 27 km away from Trier, the oldest city in Germany. Echternach is not least of all renowned because of its book painting and the spring procession which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

The devlopment of Echternach as a religious, intellectual and artistic center started with the founding of the Benedictine Abbey in the 7th century (698) through the canonized friar Wilibrord, an Anglo-Saxon missionary. The epitome of this development was the famous and well known (all over Europe) Echternacher Book Painting of the 10th and 11th century. A splendid piece of that time is the Golden Evangelical of Echternach (Codex Aureus Epternacensis), which is on display in the Germanic Museum in Nuremburg.

Echternach developed magnificently throughout the centuries and was not just culturally but also politically a focal point of the whole country up until the 13th century, even more important and larger than the capital city of Luxembourg.

But it is not only the historic sites that make Echternach annually a magnet for thousands of tourists. On a cultural level it is the international music festivals of Echternach which offers classical and jazz concerts since 30 years. Another cultural institution is the Trifolion Centre Culturel, Touristique et des Congrès Echternach. It was opened in 2008 and hosts next to its own cultural program, a lot of local events and conventions.
The visitor in and around Echternach feels the unique atmosphere in the combination of architecture of the past with the lifestyle of the present, embedded in a not least prominent natural background. Visit Echternach and be enchanted by its extraordinary flair.