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Map of Luxembourg with Esch-sur-Sûre highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Coordinates: 49°54′40″N 5°56′05″E / 49.911°N 5.93467°E / 49.911; 5.93467Coordinates: 49°54′40″N 5°56′05″E / 49.911°N 5.93467°E / 49.911; 5.93467
Country  Luxembourg
Canton Wiltz
  Mayor Gilles Kintzelé
  Total 51.26 km2 (19.79 sq mi)
Area rank 7 of 105
Highest elevation 529 m (1,736 ft)
  Rank 10th of 105
Lowest elevation 238 m (781 ft)
  Rank 48th of 105
Population (2014)
  Total 2,435
  Rank 54th of 105
  Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
  Density rank 91st of 105
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00005002

Esch-sur-Sûre (Luxembourgish: Esch-Sauer, German: Esch-Sauer) is a commune and small town in north-western Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Wiltz, which is part of the district of Diekirch. At one point it was the second smallest commune by area in Luxembourg (after Remich), until Neunhausen and Heiderscheid were merged into it in 2011.[1]

As of 2005, the town of Esch-sur-Sûre, which lies in the north of the commune, has a population of 314.

Esch-sur-Sûre is situated by the river Sauer, just east and downstream of the artificial Upper Sûre Lake. The town's prominent castle, and the main part of the town below, sit on a spur of a land within a sharp meander of the river.

The suffix to its name distinguishes Esch-sur-Sûre from the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, which is often known just as Esch.

Immediately above the town, the river has been dammed to form a hydroelectric reservoir extending some 6 miles (10 km) up the valley. The Upper Sûre dam was built in the 1960s to meet the country's drinking water needs.

Bridge over the Sûre


  1. "Fusion des communes d'Esch/Sûre, Heiderscheid et Neunhausen". Legilux. Government of Luxembourg. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
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