Download GPX file for this article
49.4666676.366667Full screen dynamic map

From Wikivoyage
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Autumn view of the vineyards around Schengen
Promenade along the river Moselle
For the common travel area covering a large part of Europe, see Travelling around the Schengen Area.

Schengen is a village of 4,800 people (2018) in far south-eastern Luxembourg near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. Schengen is known because the Schengen Agreement, which abolished passport controls between most EU members, was signed here in 1985.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Schengen is located along highway A13, which connects to the Land of the Red Rocks and Mondorf-les-Bains. After the border crossing into Germany, it becomes Autobahn 8, connecting to Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. When travelling from Luxembourg City, use the E29 heading for Remich. Just before the bridge over the Moselle into Germany, a sign will direct you to take a right turn onto the Route National 10. Schengen will be on the signs from this point on, though reaching it is as simple as following the road.

By public transit[edit]

From City of Luxembourg, it's possible to reach Schengen by public transport in just under an hour. Catch Bus 175 towards Remich and disembark at "Mondorf - Christophorus". From that stop, it is possible to catch the connecting Bus 185 towards Remich which stops in Schengen. The buses are timed to connect, with a transfer time of 5 minutes, although the latter bus will wait if the former is running late. Bus 185 runs hourly throughout the week.

The train station of Perl, which is the German town on the other end of the river Moselle, connects to Koblenz, Trier and Wittlich, as well as Nennig (for Remich), Wellen (for Grevenmacher) and Oberbillig, from which you can walk a few minutes, take a ferry, take the train one stop south and end up in Mertert.

By boat[edit]

Schengen shares a harbour with Remich, 1 Port de Schwebsange, which is in between the towns, near Schwebsange. Prices per day are €10 for boats up to 6 m in length, €12.50 for 6-8 m, €14.50 for 8-10 m, €16 for 10-12 m, after which every additional meter is €2 more expensive. Electricity costs €2.50 per day. Check-in is possible after 14:00, check-out must be before 11:00.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is the Luxembourg airport (LUX IATA), 31 km by road. Other possible airport to use include Hahn airport (120 km) and Frankfurt airport (220 km).

Get around[edit]

Map of Schengen

The town of Schengen can easily be travelled on foot. Along the Rue Robert Goebbels you will find a small structure in the Moselle, which services as a bike rental point, 1 Rentabike Miserland.


  • 1 European Museum, Rue Robert Goebbels (When using the N10, take the last exit on the riverside before the bridge over the Moselle. When using the N152 (Waistrooss), take a right towards the river, turn left onto the N10 and then immediately right again. Follow this road and you will see the museum appear on your left.), . 10:00—18:00. Between 2 November and Easter the museum closes at 17:00. This museum was opened in 2010, 25 years after the signing of the Schengen Treaty, in the building "Centre Européen". Free.
  • 2 Schengen Castle. Dating from 1390 but almost completely rebuilt in the 19th century, it is now a hotel and conference centre. Schengen Castle (Q7431167) on Wikidata Schengen Castle on Wikipedia
  • 3 A piece of the Berlin Wall. It was put up to honor the "borderless" Europe that originated here.
A piece of the Berlin wall, looking pretty much like it did in 1989
  • 4 Monument commemorating the signing of the accords.






Schengen itself has no hotels, though Perl, which is a simple walk or bike ride across the Moselle, has many hotels and pensions on offer.

  • 1 Winandy, Biringerstraße 2a, Perl (D), +49 6867 364.
  • 2 Central-Hotel Greiveldinger, Bergstraße 1, Perl (D), +49 6867 271. €82.
  • 3 Residance Hotel, Hubertus-von-Nell-Straße 19, Perl (D). €82, €58 when using a double room alone.
  • 4 Perler Hof, Bergstraße 2-4, Perl (D), +49 6867 561594, fax: +49 6867 1251, . All 6 single and 19 double rooms have a TV and internet access. Smoking is prohibited. Double room: €85 Single room: €58.

If you're already set on sleeping in Luxembourg, then consider hotels in nearby Mondorf-les-Bains or Remich.


Go next[edit]

  • Follow the Moselle downstream via either the water or the N10, and you will find yourself coming by Remich, Grevenmacher and Mertert, eventually passing Trier and ending at the merge point with the Rhine, Koblenz.
  • Follow the N10 entirely and you will find yourself in Echternach, Luxembourg's oldest city, followed by Vianden, the castle of which is one of Luxembourg's biggest tourist attractions.
Routes through Schengen
Esch-sur-AlzetteMondorf-les-Bains  W Highway A13 E  MerzigSaarlouis
ViandenEchternachGrevenmacher  N Route National 10 S  Schengen

This city travel guide to Schengen is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.