The historic part

The ancient farm Misère, located between Arsdorf and the pont Misère, in the area of the lake of Upper-Sure, was bought by the Luxembourg State on January 9, 1992 for availability of the Federation des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Luxembourg (FNEL).

There indeed, the FNEL was since years in the search of a trainee center in the Ardennes to be able to organize the training courses of their leaders. Its request was accomodated favorably by the President of the Government Jacques Santer. After negotiations with various members of the Government, a contract was signed between the Amicale des Anciens Guides et Scouts Luxembourgeois a.s.b.l. (AAGSL) represented by Michel Wurth and Carlo Schockweiler on the one hand and the State represented by Mrs. Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Secretary of State to Youth, and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, Minister for Finance, on the other hand.

This contract granted to the AAGSL the right of surface on the site in question as well as the property of the buildings of the farm and the dependences.

In accordance with article 7 of the contract concluded with the State, the AGGSL constituted on December 2, 1993 a public utility company called Fondation FNEL, to which it brought the right of surface and the property of the buildings as mentioned foregoing. The aforementioned establishment was approved by decree Grand-Ducal of December 11, 1993.

The house was inhabited until the moment when the FNEL entered in posession.


The project was carried out into different phases:

  1. In a first phase the dwelling house was renovated.
  2. In a second phase the barn and the cattle sheds were restored and transformed. The outer jacket of the building was stabilized, the principal flagstone as well as the roof were replaced. The sanitary facilities of the house are operational.
  3. The third phase consisted in restructuring the hangar and of construction the dormitories as well as the installation of the neighbourhoods, the camp and the garden

All this work were carried out under the monitoring of a specialized architect charged by the Foundation, as well as various offices of engineers.

Main stages

1992 9 janvier acqusition par l'Etat luxembourgeois de la Ferme Misère située dans la commune de Rambrouch, section Arsdorf
1993 été début de la restauration de la maison d'habitation
  20 juin 1ère porte ouverte

29 octobre

signature d'une convention entre l'Etat et notre fédération, en vertu de laquelle l'Etat cède à la FNEL le droit de superficie sur la propriété "Ferme Misère" pour une durée initiale de 25 ans.
  novembre installation du chauffage et des installations sanitaire
  2 décembre création d'un établissement d'utilité publique dénommé " Fondation FNEL "
1994 24 mai début des travaux d'aménagement de la grange principale (2ième phase
  10 juillet Pow-Wow
  23 septembre achèvement des travaux de gros oeuvres. "Straussfeier"
1995 avril travaux de menuiserie et de chauffage /sanitaire
  mai terrassement extérieurs
  2 juillet Inauguration de la maison du fermier
1996 janvier début des travaux de l'installation de la station d'épuration
  mai installation des fosses septiques
  juin la station d'épuration est opérationelle
installation de la cuisine professionelle
1997   installation d'un système de détection d'incendie
    tous les travaux de peinture, la fourniture et la pose des plafonds et la mise en place des lampes sont terminés
  juin aménagement de la cour interieur
  juin-juillet travaux de façade
  9 novembre Inauguration 2ième phase
1ère action "Un arbre pour la vie - un arbre pour le souvenir
1998 22 novembre 2 ième action "Un arbre pour la vie - un arbre pour le souvenir
1999 avril approbation des plans de al phase III
  21 novembre 3 ième action "Un arbre pour la vie - un arbre pour le souvenir
2000 19 novembre 4 ième action "Un arbre pour la vie - un arbre pour le souvenir
2001 3 juillet autorisation d'ériger les dortoirs et sanitaires
  fin septembre début des travaux
    5 ième action "Un arbre pour la vie - un arbre pour le souvenir
  29 novembre travaux de raccordement aux réseaux d'eau, du téléphone et de l'électricité
2003 3-4 mai Inauguration 3ième phase

Getting Here

The Misaershaff is located in the northwest of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The best way to reach the Centre de formation by car is via the CR309, which connects .... with .... (Belgium). Even though the Nature Park is not near any major highways, you may be surprised to learn just how near so much recreation is:

  • Luxembourg: 49 km
  • Brussels: 170 km
  • Maastricht: 147 km
  • Cologne: 165 km
  • Trier: 70 km
  • Metz: 114 km

The international airport at Luxembourg-Findel is about a one-hour car drive away.

If you are coming by public transport, take the train to Ettelbrück, where a bus can bring you to the villages in the Nature Park. You can find the timetable and the most suitable connections at

You can get your own directions here:

Public Transport

The centre is situated several kilometres from the nearest village or town. It is therefore necessary to think ahead when planning transport. Several buses pass the farm during the working week. Information can be obtained from the local council offices in Rambrouch or from the transport company CFL. It is possible to travel from Luxembourg City by train to Ettelbruck and then continue by bus to the farm.

At the weekend there is a bus from Luxembourg City to Ettelbruck and from Ettelbruck to Bilsdorf/Misärshaff.

Esch-Sûre Lake Water Conservation Area


Esch-Sûre Lake Water Conservation Area

The reservoir area has been designated as a water conservation area in accordance with the law of 24th June 1953. This water conservation area comprises two zones as indicated on the map. All camping is prohibited within these two zones (with the exception of Ferme Misère and subject to ministerial approval). Any infringement of this law will result in imprisonment or the imposition of a fine. It is therefore requested that all hikes be organised outside these two zones.

Please consult the map below. The zone surrounding the farm is marked by points 6,7,8,9 and 12. A copy of this map is available at Misärshaff.