The Sauer in Echternach

The Sauer ( Sure French ) is a 173 km long left tributary of the Moselle River in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

The very windungsreiche and important river in the south of the Ardennes, the hot in Luxembourg Ösling is, with a water channel in the middle of almost 54 m³ / s, the largest left tributary of the Moselle River. Its catchment area is 4259 km ².


The sour arises as Sure in the southeast of Belgium ( Province of Luxembourg ) in the Ardennes, the western part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. Your source area is located east of around 7 kilometers (direct distance) north of the motorway junction of the A26 and A4 in the eastern Belgian municipality of Libramont nearby farm Planchipont to about 510 m altitude.

From there, the oxygen flows to the east and crosses the Belgo-Luxembourg border at Martelange. On their way through the mountainous north of Luxembourg ( the Ösling ) it passes through the Lac de la Haute Sure west of Esch- Sauer ( French Esch- sur -Sure ) at the center of the Natural Park.

Below drake things opens the Alzette in the Sauerland, at the just above the mouth Ettelbrück is forming the small region Nordstad with the district capital of Diekirch and the surrounding communities.

In Walldorf ( about 30 km southwest of Bitburg ) opens the Our ​​and Sauer. The German -Luxembourg border is north of the estuary formed by the Our River, south of the Sauer to 50 km flow distance to water cheap. There, in the South Eifel, extends across borders of the German - Luxembourg Nature Park. Part of it is the Luxembourg Switzerland at Echternach. In Ralingen, 6 km east of Echternach, the main direction of the total tortuous river turns south. This area opens from the left, the largest tributary of the Sauer, the Prüm.

Finally, the oxygen flows between water cost (Canton Grevenmacher, Luxembourg ) in the west and Wasserbilligerbrück ( Rhineland -Palatinate, Germany ) in the east to about 133 m altitude in the Rhine Creek Mosel, considered from there, up the river, to the south east part of the German - Luxembourg border is. Beyond the mouth is located on the banks of the Moselle Upper Cheap ( Rhineland -Palatinate).


On their way between Walldorf and water cost is the sour, as well as further north the Our ​​River, south of the River Moselle, shared under the name German -Luxembourgian territory of a condominium, that is, the river belongs over its entire width to both the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as to the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

In recent years, the Sauer has several times led devastating flood, which has caused great damage in the surrounding villages.

In the southern part of the Sauerland was flanked on each side of the river from a secondary railway line on the Luxembourg side, it was the railway line Diekirch Echternach Water Cheap, on the German side of the Nims Sauer rollercoaster of Erdorf about Bitburg and Irrel according to hedgehog. Both tracks were shut down and demolished in the 1960s.


Not only because of the above-mentioned reservoir has the sour economic importance for tourism, but also because of the mountainous landscape that durchschlängelt throughout its run. It is possible to ride the river with canoes rented on site. These tours begin, for example, in Boll village and end in Echternacherbrück.


Villages on the Sauer - downriver considered:

  • Vaux- sur -Sure (B )
  • Marte Lange ( B)
  • Insenborn (L )
  • Esch- Sauer ( L)
  • Michelau (L )
  • Drake things ( L)
  • Diekirch (L )
  • Gilsdorf (L )
  • Bettendorf (L )
  • Moestroff (L )
  • Reisdorf (L )
  • Walldorf ( D)
  • Grundhof (L )
  • Dillingen ( L)
  • Boll village (D)
  • Because Erbach (D)
  • Echternach ( L)
  • Minden (D)
  • Steinheim (L )
  • Rosport (L )
  • Ralingen (D)
  • Winter village (D)
  • Born ( L)
  • Moers village (L )
  • Metz village (D)
  • Mesenich (D)
  • Langsur (D)
  • Cheap water (L )


Among the tributaries of the Sauer include - downriver considered:

  • Wiltz (left)
  • Alzette ( right)
  • Blees (left)
  • White Ernz (right)
  • Our ( left)
  • Gaybach (left)
  • Black Ernz (right)
  • Prüm ( left)


After the Ardennes offensive launched in mid-December 1944, the German army had collapsed - including lack of fuel and other supplies - led allied troops from the 3rd until January 28, a counter-offensive through the Ardennes. During the fights the Sure was at times a frontline.