The newly designed permanent interactive exhibition of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall was recently inaugurated in the village of Beaufort (Luxembourg) in the presence of Luxembourg’s Minister of Tourism, Lex Delles. The Geopark is striving for membership in the international network of UNESCO Global Geoparks and has come up with something special to bring its visitors closer to the network and the worldwide geological diversity and heritage: the Wall of Geoparks. It is in the centre of the exhibition and combines rocks from all over the world with didactic information that helps visitors to learn about the rock cycle. At the same time, the history of each rock is told: where it comes from, what kind it is and how old it is.
A stone from Magma Geopark can now also be admired in Luxembourg. The stone in question is an anorthosite that covers almost the entire surface of the Magma Geopark. It is a plutonic rock characterized by its composition: it consists mainly of the mineral plagioclase. The rock is responsible for the character of the landscape, as no plants grow on its surface. Thanks to the lack of vegetation, which marks the Geopark from a great distance, when entering the Magma Geopark you can see where the anorthosite begins.
In addition to the stone of Magma UNESCO Global Geopark, the exhibition in Luxembourg’s Beaufort includes stones from the following UNESCO Global Geoparks:
- Hateg (Romania)
- Natur- und Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen (Austria)
- Hong Kong (China)Jeju Island (Republic of Korea)
- Lanzarote (Spain)
- Magma (Norway)
- Parco delle Madonie (Italy)
- Stonehammer (Canada)
- Discovery (Canada)
- Terra Vita (Germany)
- Bohemian Paradise (Czech Republic)
- Terras de Cavaleiros (Portugal)
- Waitaki Whitestone (aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark, New Zealand)
- Charnwood Forest (aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark, Great Britain)
A visit to the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall in Luxembourg is definitely worthwhile. Steep rock faces, narrow gorges and fairytale forests make the region special. A unique geological heritage coupled with rich natural and cultural heritage makes the region of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall very attractive for visitors. Those who want to discover the region can do so, for example, on the 112 km Mullerthal Trail, which leads through the region and makes hikers’ hearts beat faster. The quality of the trail also convinced the European Ramblers’ Association, which awarded it the title “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”. Behind this label is a special system of criteria that considers the needs of hikers, makes the attractiveness of hiking trails tangible and thus guarantees a high standard.
For more information on the tourist offer in the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall region, please visit the website of the regional tourist board: www.mullerthal.lu. For more information on current projects and services of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, please visit http://www.naturpark-mellerdall.lu.