European Summit Challenge
Luxembourg - Kneiff 560m / Buergplaz 559m

Last updated December 2006

INTRODUCTION

The water tower on Burgplatz. Summit of Knieff.

Formerly Buergplaz (alt. spelling Buurgplaatz, Buurgplatz, Burgplatz, Burrigplatz) was regarded as the highest point in Luxembourg, and to this day there is a plaque next to the Château d’ eau (water tower), announcing this place as Luxembourg’s highest point at 558.35m.

However a survey in 1990 by the Luxembourg cartographers of the l'Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie found Buergplaz to be 558.8m high, and one metre lower that nearby Kneiff at 559.8m.

Both Kneiff and Buergplaz are an easy stroll through pleasant rolling farm land and forest from the town of Troisvierges (meaning three virgins). Why not visit both hill tops?

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Plaque on Buergplaz

AIR: The website for Luxembourg Airport may be useful, but is not in English.

RAIL: The town of Troisvierges is the “gateway” to the hills of this region, and fortunately has a regular rail service. Visit the website of the Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (Luxembourg Railways), however be warned that this also does not have an English language version, and you might be better of visiting the Die Bahn (German Rail) website which covers all of Europe and does have an English Language service (select on the International Guests from the top menu).

ROUTES


Though the summits of Kneiff and Burgplatz are accessible by road, the surrounding countryside is best explored via a network of quiet country lanes and farm tracks. The Syndocats d’initiative 1:20,000 map of Troisvierges & Weiswampach has a number of circular walks overlaid upon it, including a 19Km route starting and finishing at Troisvierges railway station and taking in Burgplatz.

Those looking for a longer challenge might consider a four day trek linking the three high points of Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

You can explore both Kneiff and Burglatz in virtual mountain tour.



ACOMMODATION

Camping - Camping Walensbongert is an excellent family campsite with areas for both caravan and tents. It is run buy a very welcoming couple and is within a short walk of Troisverges town centre and railway station. Phone (+352) 99 71 41.

Hostels - There was a Youth Hostel in Troisvierges but this is now closed.

Hotels - Opposite the railway station is the Hotel du Chemin de Fer. Phone (+352) 99 72 10.


MAPS AND BOOKS

Cover of 1:20,000 map of Troisverges & Wieswampach Sample of 1:20,000 map of Troisverges & Wieswampach

There is a good 1:20,000 map covering Troisverges & Wieswampach available in Troisverges and in the campsite shop at Camping Walensbongert. This has been extracted from the Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie maps and overlay added with circular walks.









Cover of 1:50,000 map of Limerelé 61 Sample of 1:50,000 map of Limerelé 61 The Institue Geographique National also produce good 1:50,000 maps. Limerelé 61 covers the northern tip of Luxembourg.

Institut Geographiquue National
Abbyaye de la Cambre, 13
B-1050 Bruxelles
www.ign.be (Dutch & French only)
Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.


For an alternative on-line, scaleable map visit MultiMap.


USEFUL LINKS

Website of the Luxembourg National Tourist Office.