(L-R) Lex Delles, Luxembourg’s Minister for Tourism; Marco Schank, Mayor of Esch-sur-Sûre; Luc Wagner, from the “WW+ ARCHITEKTUR + MANAGEMENT” architect office; Credit: MECO

Luxembourg’s General Directorate for Tourism recently presented the feasibility study for a sustainable tourist accommodation project in Lultzhausen to the press.

This project was found to be in line with Luxembourg's tourism policy priorities aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable tourist accommodation offer in rural areas. Luxembourg's rural regions offer an intact natural environment, varied landscapes and an important cultural heritage, according to Luxembourg’s General Directorate for Tourism. The Upper Sûre Nature Park with its 3.8 km2 dam lake is both a reservoir of drinking water and a relaxation and leisure area. Because of this potential, the development of tourist accommodation in this area was reported to be a political priority.

Located in a health protection zone of the Esch-sur-Sûre dam, this tourist accommodation project aims to highlight the site’s nature. To ascertain the land’s architectural potential, to rule on the feasibility of such a project and to assess its viability, a feasibility study notably identified the supply of commercial accommodation in the region, produced a sketch summarising the possible construction volume, analysed environmental constraints and proposed several innovative tourist accommodation concepts. The feasibility study’s results indicated that a sustainable tourist accommodation project in Lultzhausen has notable potential. The market, environment and site analysis emphasised the economic profitability of the project as well as the Lultzhausen site’s natural appeal.

An ecological concept, both in the field of construction and in the field of project governance, was identified. The feasibility study suggested a concept of tourist accommodation which takes account of its environmental impact, which uses renewable energies and which is in conformity with ecological standards (the protection of nature, water and the landscape of the region) also noting the integration of local and regional actors.

Following these conclusions, a call for projects will be drawn up in a next step. This is aimed at any investor interested in starting a sustainable and innovative hotel project in Lultzhausen.

Luxembourg’s Minister for Tourism, Lex Delles, stated that "the sustainable tourist accommodation project in Lultzhausen has the potential to play a driving role in the development of tourism in the Luxembourg Ardennes region and the territory of the Nature Park of Upper Sûre. By integrating harmoniously into nature and respecting the quality of life of the local population, this project could enhance Lultzhausen both as a tourist destination and as a place to stay. It is, therefore, a project which highlights that any investment in tourism is also an investment in the quality of life of the residents of Luxembourg.

Marco Schank, Mayor of Esch-sur-Sûre, stressed that "a sustainable and innovative tourist accommodation project in Lultzhausen will be able to enrich a rather declining offer in terms of accommodation in the region of the Esch-sur-Sûre Lake and fit perfectly into the philosophy of the Nature Park of Upper Sûre ”.

Luc Wagner, from the WW+ ARCHITEKTUR + MANAGEMENT architect office, indicated that “the complexity of the land reveals its potential to carry out an exceptional project. The topography allows harmonious integration into nature and reveals breathtaking panoramas of the lake and the landscape. The Natura 2000 area and the lake water protection area require an unfailing commitment to a sustainable project, without compromise, from its design, through its construction, to its commissioning. It will be a model project”.