Summer has arrived in full swing, the skies are blue and temperatures scorching. Looking for alternatives to outdoor swimming pools and lake beaches? Kayaking may be for you!

There is a moment in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when the young protagonist is sickened by society and seeks to retreat from the outside world. His raft becomes a symbol of freedom, simple pleasures, and companionship. "We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft," Huck explains. In times of a global pandemic, a little retreat into nature might seem appealing to many....

It therefore comes in handy that Luxembourg is home to several scenic waterways where you can admire the stunning natural beauty from a kayak or canoe. Let's dive right in.

The classic: Upper Sure Lake

Luxembourg's Upper Sure Lake is undoubtedly one of the country's natural gems. Even though you need a reservation on weekends to go to one of the lake's beaches, you don't need to worry about that restriction if head to the lake to kayak.

The youth hostel in Lultzhausen organises kayak and canoe trips on request. You don't need to bring your own kayak as equipment can be hired on site. You can find more information here.

We highly recommend an early-morning tour - it's worth the lack of sleep.

The hidden gem: Dillingen - Echternach

Fancy paddling down the Sure lake all the way to Echternach? This one may be for you. Rent rent a kayak in Dillingen (more information and contact details here - book in advance) and enjoy the smooth watery ride to Echternach. This stretch of the river is not very fast-flowing so it's definitely an option to take your kids. If you're more of a thrill-seeker we recommend renting a kayak after a period of rain - the river will be faster-flowing.

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RTL Today's hairiest member Pipo enjoying the views.

Note: you can park your car in Dillingen and then take a bus back to your point of departure from Echternach. The rental company will pick up the kayaks.

Something for everyone: Diekirch

Diekirch is not only known for its beer... you can also rent a kayak and enjoy a smooth ride on shallow water upstream of the local dam. Dogs are permitted on board. Contact details and more info here.

For daredevils, there is also a wildwater training canal - it's the only one in Luxembourg!

If you have your own kayak...

If you're lucky enough to own a kayak or canoe (even if it's an inflatable one), there are several options but we highly recommend the one and only Moselle valley. There are a handful of landing places and you can easily combine them to discover the scenic region at your own place.

Depending on your own preferences, you can start in the small village of Born, in Wasserbillig, in Grevenmacher, in Ehnen, in Remich, in Schwebsange, or in Schengen. Please note that there are strong currents and occasional waves in the Moselle river. You must be a decent swimmer to kayak in safety on the river. And no alcohol on board!

Detailed information sheet here.

Do you know of another lake or river where you can kayak that we have not mentioned? Lets us know in the comments!