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Top Luxembourg Attractions

  • No Luxembourg tour is complete without a day or two in Luxembourg City’s Old Quarter - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and popping into the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
  • Boning up on Luxembourg city’s ancient history at the National Museum of History and Art,with a peek at historical tools, coins, weapons and more.
  • Getting “lost” in the tunnels of the Bock Cliff Casemates, while imagining soldiers and their horses of yesteryear hiding out here.
  • Strolling through the pretty riverside town of Echternach then touring the Benedictine Abbey, dating to the 7th century.
  • Getting up close and personal with the country’s royal family - the 16th-century Palais Grand-Ducal is the official residence of the Grand Duke.
  • Goofing off in postcard-perfect Vianden on the banks of the River Our - a pretty little city where you can explore Victor Hugo’s home while in exile, a 9th-century feudal manor and miles of hiking trails.
  • Playing with the locals at Upper Sure Lake on a sunny afternoon.
  • Relishing a romantic moment as you gaze up at illuminated Bourscheid Castle at night.
  • Listening to the amazing acoustics are you take in a concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg.
  • Getting your art on at the Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), with a huge array of photography, sculpture and digital media.

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One of Europe’s smallest (and wealthiest per capita) countries --sandwiched between France, Germany, and Belgium. – The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is largely pastoral with exceptional hiking and biking opportunities among its hills and valleys. Its capital, Luxembourg City, occupies a dramatic perch atop steep cliffs and gorges; nearby are World War II cemeteries where thousands of American GIs and General George Patton are buried. The beautiful Moselle River Valley snakes through part of the country.

A Brief History of Luxembourg

It may be smaller than the state of Rhode Island, yet the tiny country of Luxembourg has much to share with its visitors. The Count of Ardennes, Siegfried, can be credited with the town sprawl around his castle, Luxembourg Castle, that eventually developed into a small country. In fact, though diminutive, the country became a power in Europe in the 1300s, with three members of the House of Luxembourg being crowned as Holy Roman Emperors.

From 1437 onward about 400 years, various European nations took control of the country as the House had no male heir to take over the throne. Today the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the country was one of the six original charter members of the European Union in 1951 and is now home to people from a variety of backgrounds.

Fun fact: Reigned over by a grand duke and not a king, Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world! While the national language is Luxembourgish (a blend of Dutch, German and French), it is French that is used by the government, German by the press and English taught in school.

Major Regions

A perfect slice of northern European life, Luxembourg continues to rank among the world’s top three nations for wealth … and wine consumption. See for yourself what makes this slip of land between Belgium, Germany and France so enticing. Days of sightseeing include everything from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to rugged hiking in the Müllerthal region, somber moments in war museums that depict the widespread destruction of WWII to wine tasting in the Moselle River valley.

1. Luxembourg City - Dating as far back as 963, Luxembourg City is a sweetly compact capital city with a captivating modern quarter, high on a rocky plateau, and three older areas: Grund, Clausen and Pfaffenthal. Walk your way along “MuseumSmile,” an aptly named route for the happy grin created by the museums’ locations when looked at on a map.

There are seven cultural institutions to explore. Take time for the architecture and art of the European quarter on the Kirchberg plateau northeast of the city, where you’ll find evidence of such renowned architects of Richard Meier and Ieoh Ming Pei. Art lovers flock to the unique concepts of the Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM).

Head to Luxembourg-Ville for a dose of music, theater and cinema, including the The Grand Théâtre at the Schuman roundabout for fans of theater and dance, the Philharmonic Hall of Kirchberg for orchestral concerts and an annual international film festival.

2. The ArdennesBrimming with storied castles, charming villages, rushing rivers, placid lakes and two verdant parks, the Ardennes (or Éislek) region of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a haven for nature lovers. Hikers and walkers find their way along miles and miles of marked trails and dip into the towns of Wilt, Clervaux and Vianden. As with Luxembourg City, there’s plenty of cultural immersion here as well in the form of medieval fortresses, museums of all ilk and art galleries.

3. Müllerthal Region/Little SwitzerlandThis region’s hilly landscape - akin to Switzerland - lends itself to the nickname. Look around for surprising rock formations created by rock and soil erosion, leading to the unique landscape. There’s ancient history to explore, including the Museum of the Abbey Echternach in the oldest town in the country, the Henri Tudor Museum and the Aquatower Berdorf.

The Mullerthal Trail is a bucket list item for avid hikers - approximately 70 miles of glorious valley trails past rock formations with names that are definitely a mouthful - try to say Piteschkummer, Geyerslay and Hohllay! Foodies will want to sample the rich cheeses, sweet honeys and interesting liqueurs of the region and tuck into indulgent meals at the many first-class restaurants of the Lower Sure.

4. The Moselle River ValleyOne of the country’s main attractions for its beauty, mild climate and abundance of wine tasting opportunities, the Moselle River forms the border between Luxembourg and Germany. Easily explored by river cruise, on bicycle or on foot, the valley is home to countless vineyards, inviting villages and magnificent castles. Wine lovers, rejoice - here’s your chance to sample sparkling Cremants, renowned Rieslings, Pinot reds and whites and the ice wine, among many other varietals.

5. The Red LandsWith a landscape that is largely a result of iron ore mining, the “Terres rouges” (Red lands) region in the south of the country is centered around Esch-sur-Alzette (Grand Duchy’s second-largest town), Differdange and Dudelange. There’s a hip, young and dynamic vibe in these modern cities with music festivals and art exhibitions to take in, fine dining in former industrial complexes to enjoy and spectacular hiking and mountain biking.

Ever ridden on a mining train? You can in the Red Lands - an inside glimpse of a once-thriving industry as evidenced by its rolling mill train and railway station, electric power station, old grocery store and other historic outbuildings.

Top Experiences on a Luxembourg Tour

1. Constitution Square/Old Town, Luxembourg CityFrom Constitution Square and the Golden Lady Memorial, explore the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Crypt, contemporary art at Casino Luxembourg, the pedestrian-friendly shopping area near Place d’Armes and the Palace of the Grand Duke, and, nearby, The “Lëtzebuerg City Museum,” Fish Market and National Museum of History and Art. The Old Quarter is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site unto itself.

2. National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg CityTucked within the Fish Market area of Old Town, this engaging museum is a wealth of information about the country’s centuries-old history. Look for Gallo-Roman-era art, historical documents, tools, coins, weapons and photographs that tell the story better than any lecture ever could.

3. Bock CliffWalk through the many tunnels of Bock Cliff and Casemates, a series of underground passages. These amazing feats of engineering, dug out of rock cliffs, stretch on for miles and were intended to hide soldiers and serve as a place to keep horses and equipment. Up top, on the plateau, are the remains of a castle that was actually only discovered in 1963.

4. Echternach Benedictine Abbey - Dating from the 7th century and housing an interesting museum, the religiously significant Abbey contains a crypt with the sarcophagus of St. Willibrord. Look for the colorful frescos adorning the vaults, painted in the 10th century. The town of Echternach itself will lure you in with its pretty riverside setting on the River Sure, winding streets, medieval architecture and old-fashioned houses.

5. Palais Grand-Ducal, Luxembourg CityThis is the official residence of the Grand Duke and Luxembourg’s royal family - and a gorgeous example of 16th-century architecture with its range of romantic, medieval and gothic designs.

6. Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), Luxembourg CityCutting-edge museums contrast with the many medieval monuments throughout Luxembourg, not least of which is this expansive art museum with a distinct design - the art here ranges from photography and sculpture to textiles and digital media. From the complex in the Parc Drai Eechelen, the views of Old Town are breathtaking.

7. ViandenPretty as a picture Vianden and spreads along the banks of the River Our. Explore the 9th-century feudal manor, medieval outer wall with guard towers, Victor Hugo’s former home while he was in exile and the miles of trails that lead from the river into the Our Valley. Hop on the chairlift that takes you up the (smallish) mountain for sweeping views of the town, castles and forests of Luxembourg.

8. Bourscheid Castle Take a tour of the 10th-century, well-preserved castle - we suggest visiting in the evening when you can see the illuminated palace, high up on the plateau, from the village. Simply stunning. There are two rivers running past the village - the Wark and the Sure.

9. Upper-Sure LakeThis popular lake  near Esch-sur-Sure is one of the top spots for sunbathing, swimming and sailing, so you can be leisurely with the locals. Bring a picnic and stay awhile during the warm months.

10. Philharmonic of LuxembourgMusic enthusiasts will recognize this as one of Europe’s premier concert venues and the home of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. If at all possible, arrange your Luxembourg tour to include one of the concerts by the philharmonic or any of the famous conductors and orchestras who visit here to play in a building renowned for its powerful acoustics.

11. Passerelle Viaduc, Luxembourg CityNot just any bridge, the Passerelle Viaduc, completed in 1861, is one of the most historically significant bridges in the country. While it was cutting-edge at the time of its creation by the Waring Brothers, linking to the center of the city, now it’s most popular for its amazing vistas of the city.

12. Valley of the Seven Castles, GuttlandPop back in time to the medieval period as you explore castle after castle in Guttland. Over the course of 15 miles, you can visit Mersch, Schoenfels, Koerich, Hollenfels, Septfontaines and two castles in Asembourg.

Top 10 Things to Eat in Luxembourg

In a country so compact, you could drive its whole length in just a few hours, there’s no excuse not to try food and wine of every town you pass through. The cuisine in Luxembourg has been heavily influenced by neighbors France, Belgium and Germany, and more recently, Italy and Portugal.

Large portions are a juxtaposition of hearty, rustic Germanic food and French haute cuisine. While the emphasis is on meat and fish, there are vegetarian specialties almost everywhere. Try the following:

  1. F’rell Am Rèisleck (trout in Riesling sauce), fried then cooked in a wine and cream sauce

  2. Bouneschlupp, a soup of green beans, potatoes, bacon or sausage, and oftentimes carrots, leeks and milk or cream

  3. Friture de la Moselle, similar to fish and chips, and always eaten with a touch of lemon

  4. Gromperekichelcher, potato fritters with onions and parsley eaten with ketchup or applesauce

  5. Huesenziwwi, stew of hare that has been marinated for as many as 72 hours, then fried and flambéed in cognac

  6. Éisleker Ham, from the northern part of Luxembourg, marinated then smoked before serving

  7. Judd Mat Gaardebounen, salted pork and broad beans, considered by many to be the national dish of Luxembourg

  8. Paschtéit, puff pastry stuffed with chicken, mushroom and béchamel sauce

  9. Rieslingspaschteit, a hearty winter pie of meat and Riesling aspic

  10. Thüringer, a spicier version of a German bratwurst

And one more for good measure … save room for dessert!

  1. Quetschentaart, a fruit tart of plum, peach, cherry or pear

Surprisingly, traditional Luxembourgish food can be hard to find in typical restaurants. Check in with your Luxembourg tour guide, who should have insider intel on where to find these delicacies. The good news is that if you’re in the mood for Italian, Portuguese or French food, there are plenty of those restaurants!

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