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Musée Dräi Eechelen
Fortress, History, Identities
An exceptional historical building, the restored keep of fort Thüngen, built in 1732-33, houses the Museum Dräi Eechelen since 2012.
In the permanent exhibition, each casemate illustrates a period of the fortress’ past, focussing in particular on its links to the history of the country. The tour begins towards the end of the Middle Ages with the capture of the town by the Burgundians in 1443 and ends with the construction of the Adolphe Bridge in 1903. Throughout the visit, 600 original objects and documents, most of which have never been exhibited, indicate the richness of the collections. In a particular room historical photographs of the city and the fortress can be seen.
The architectural complex of the historical keep constitutes in itself the principal object of the exhibition. With its spectacular system of underground galleries and mines, it has largely been retained in the state of its last construction phase of 1836/1837.
A multimedia area invites visitors to consult an interactive database as well as audiovisual documentation that recapture the topics discussed in the museum. Additionally, free audio guides in German, French, English or Luxembourgish are available to the public and provide detailed explanations for a selection of objects.
The auditorium is availablefor conferences or audiovisual projections.. The first floor is assigned to temporary exhibitions.
A Roman site in the lands of Treveri
On the periphery of the small idyllic town of Echternach, there is a Roman villa - one of the largest and richest rural properties in the surrounding areas of Roman Trier - Augusta Treverorum.
Amongst vast tracts of agricultural land, the farm surrounded by walls extends over 10 hectares. This manor house was discovered in 1975/76, when diggers who were building an artificial lake hit remains of walls a few centimetres underground. After 15 months of excavation, the Roman manor house was cleared.
A genuine palace, it contained no less than 40, later even 70 rooms on the ground floor, with porches, courtyards, water basins, marble veneers, mosaic tiling, and underfloor heating.
Visitors can inspect the manor house, of which the basements, cellars and ornamental ponds were preserved. In addition, one can wander through a pergola covered in grapevine and a Roman garden in which over 70 medicinal and ornamental plants are presented.
A small information centre provides an explicit and vivid picture of daily life in a Roman villa. Reconstructed scenes with life-size figures and models provide insight into the villa: luxurious spas, sumptuous reception rooms, a kitchen and private living room...
For younger visitors, the villa offers a variety of school-related and extracurricular activities. Video projections about life in Roman times and a gift shop form part of the offer for the visitor.