Official Language: Lëtzeburgesch, French and German are the three main languages of Luxembourg, with English being widely understood and spoken, especially in touristic hotspots
Welcome to the wealthiest nation in Europe and one of the founders of the EU! But the riches is not the end all and be all of Luxembourg, because thanks to rolling hills, verdant valleys and meandering rivers, it’s also a place of great natural beauty. Luxembourg City itself has two sides; the old romantic and charming side with its cobblestone streets and iconic buildings and then there’s the Kirchberg districts which screams out modern marvel with its entertainment complexes and malls galore. The rest of Luxembourg is also filled to the brim with marvelous attractions and sights such as hilltop castles, nature trails, wooded valleys and even winelands. It’s a destination abundant in natural beauty and stunning touristic exploration opportunities. For a country the size of Dorset, Luxembourg has a pretty extensive rage of offerings it brings to the table.Step inside and be inspired and intrigued by all things Luxembourg.
Must see places in Luxembourg
If it’s the sight of old castles you’re after, you’ll be more than pleased after a visit to Vianden with its breathtaking castle which was constructed between the 11th and the 14th century. There’s also a chairlift that takes you up to a stunning viewing platform on the hillside that allows for some of the most magnificent views of the area from 450 meters above the castle.
Also known as Eisléck by the locals, the peaceful region of Ardennes is filled to the brim with forested plateaus, wooded hills and lush valleys. Here you’ll find the small town of Esch-sur-Sûre surrounded by the River Sûre.
In the modern part of Luxembourg City you’ll be able to wine and dine al fresco in the charming square of Place d’Armes. There are also numerous shopping centers and entertainment venues scattered throughout the modern part of the city that are well worth exploring. On the Old Town side of the capital city you can discover the grand squares and the cobblestone streets as well as the underground tunnels. The old town is also home to the lace Guillaume, its twice weekly market and the famous Notre Dame Castle.
The medieval market town of Clervaux is home to the renowned 12th century castle that has been converted to government offices. The town also has a tourist office, a war museum and an impressive collection art by Edward Steichen.
The Müllerthal region is what is known as Luxembourg’s “Little Switzerland”. On offer here are dense forests, clear brooks and awe inspiring rock formations that all come together to make it one of the best spots in the country for nature walks. Close by you can also dig into a little history as you explore the scenic and intriguing Beaufort Castle with its awe inspiring architectural designs.
Plateau de Kirchberg
The modern district of Plateau du Kirchberg can be reached by the impressive Pont Grand Duchesse Charlotte Bridge to reveal an international finance center, the biggest cinema in Luxembourg and a shopping mall to keep you entertained.
In the northeast of Luxembourg near the village of Bourscheid you’ll find the impressive Bourscheid Castle. The medieval castle is most renowned for its archeological evidence of structures dating back to the Roman times and is a sight that is not to be missed.
Upper Sûre National Park
Lac de la Haute Sure is located in the far northwest corner of Oesling in Luxembourg. This park is mainly focused on conservation of the indigenous fauna and flora with special emphasis being placed on the protection of its wild bird population. With an 380 hectare artificial lake, a network of hiking trails spanning over 700km and various activities within the park, it’s a place you can’t afford to pass by.
Marked out by the Larochette Castle, the village of Larochette has an abundance of things to do and see. Also known as the Valley of the White Ernz is abundant in stunning natural surroundings, cozy cafes, splendid restaurants and off course, the historical castle that dominates the area.
Things to do in Luxembourg
Taste some wine
In the southeast of Luxembourg you can sample some fine wines in the Moselle district fed by the Moselle River. The large wineries offer tours through their cellars along with a wine tasting.
Sample the local brew
Breweries across Luxembourg offer great alcoholic produce tasting sessions. Pay a visit to the towns of Bascharage and Wiltz to taste some of the local breweries’ best produce.
Delve into the history
At the numerous galleries and museums of Luxembourg you can explore the cultural heritage of the nation. Some of the best spots to visit include the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of History and Art and the Museum of the City of Luxembourg.
Unwind a little
Luxembourg has some fantastic thermal health treatments on offer in the spa town of Mondorf-les-Bains that will surely help you destress and relax a little after a long day of sightseeing.
Best time to visit
Tourists visit Luxembourg from May to September
The warm season runs from May through to September in Luxembourg, with the winter months falling between October and March. The north is slightly wetter and colder than the south at all times of the year. Luxembourg doesn’t have a specific high or low season for tourists, but events such as National Day in June, Easter and Christmas sees a flock of tourists descending on Luxembourg.
Did you know?
Moien is the Luxembourgish word for Hello with Salut being the general greeting phrase
- Judd mat gaardebounen is a dish that consists of smoked neck of pork that is served with a stew of broad beans and potatoes sautéed with bacon.
- Bouchée à la reine is a dish that consists of chicken and mushrooms in a béchamel sauce that is served in a puff pastry case
- Weinzossis are light sausages usually served with mashed potatoes and mustard cream sauce
- Cochon de lait en gelée is jellied suckling pig
- Jambon d’Ardennes is famous smoked Ardennes ham that is usually eaten cold or served in a light salad
- Friture de la Moselle is a dish that consists of small river fish that is deep fried and eaten whole