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Looking east across Echternach.
Looking east across Echternach.
Coat of arms of Echternach
Coat of arms
Map showing, in orange, the  Echternach commune
Map showing, in orange, the Echternach commune
Country  Luxembourg
Canton Echternach
Commune Echternach
 • Mayor Théo Thiry
 • Total 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Highest elevation 393 m (1,289 ft)
Lowest elevation 154 m (505 ft)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 5,249
 • Density 256.0/km2 (663.2/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU2 LU00006005
Website Official website

Echternach (Luxembourgish: Iechternach) is a commune in south-eastern Luxembourg, capital of the Echternach canton. It is the oldest town with city rights in Luxembourg.

History[change | change source]

Basilica of Echternach

The town grew around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, which was founded in 698 by St. Willibrord, an English monk from Ripon, Northumbria (in present-day North Yorkshire, England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians.

The abbey were closed during the French revolution in 1797. Echternach was given city rights in the year 1236.

Geography[change | change source]

Echternach is in the east of the country near the border with Germany, on the banks of the Saar River.

The commune has an area of 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi).[1] The altitude is 154–393 m (505–1,289 ft) high. At the city hall, the altitude is 230 m (750 ft) high.[3]

Echternach is surrounded by four communes of Luxembourg: Rosport to the east and south, Bech to the southwest, and Berdorf and Consdorf to the west. To the north, the commune borders the Echternacherbrück municipality of the Bitburg-Prüm district in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate; and to the northwest the Bollendorf municipality, also in the Bitburg-Prüm district of the Rhineland-Palatinate.

Population[change | change source]

As of 1 January 2016, there are 5,249 persons living in the commune,[2] for a population density of 256.0 inhabitants/km².

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Surface area of the cantons and municipalities". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Population by canton and municipality 1821 - 2016". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  3. "Altitudes of the different localities per cantons (in m)". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 

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