Roth an der Our

On the track of the Knights Templar – part 3

While Ouren lies on the Our River near the Belgian-German-Luxembourg border on Belgian territory, Roth an der Our stands a bit lower on the map, again exactly on the German-Luxembourg border (the river marks that border) on German territory and 2 km. away from the ‘knight town’ of Continue reading

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Orval

A legend tells that Countess Mathilda of Tuscany dropped her wedding ring in the water while she was sitting on the edge of a fountain. After a long and fruitless search, she prayed to God and a trout emerged from the water with her ring in its mouth. (Today this is the symbol and coat of arms of the abbey). The Countess exclaimed: „Truly, this place is a Val d’Or“ (Val d’Or translated from the French means Golden Valley). And to express her gratitude, she decided to build a monastery on the spot.

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Ulflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges

There is something very mysterious about the small town of Ulflingen/Ëlwen/Troisvierges that remains unnoticed. It is its name in the first place. The German name Ulflingen, by which it was known from its very beginning (mentioned for the first time in 1353), as well as the Luxembourg Ëlwen, derives from the word for ‘elves’ and refers to the old folk tales about the founding of the town by elves.

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