Owing to its location, when eating out you’ll find many French and German influences, but keep an eye out for the local spicy sausages and the deep fried potato cakes. Slimmers look away now.
Small is beautiful. Luxembourg is just 51 miles long by 32 wide. Yet despite bordering Belgium, Germany and France, this Grand Duchy has a flavour all its own. It emerged over a thousand years ago, and today it’s still merging, into the great Ardennes forest to the north and the lush, rolling hills to the south, bordering the glorious Moselle valley.
Wherever you go there’s a feeling of history, calm and refinement. The country’s neat proportions make this a great place for walking, and that is a favourite activity with locals as well as visitors. The star of the show is Luxembourg City, a fortress, with ramparts sometimes called ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony’. But even without a Juliet, you’ll fall in love with its picturesque charms.
The capital’s cobbled streets are lined with art galleries and museums, and wherever you turn there’s an appealing pavement café or restaurant. And if you should crave a surfeit of scenery, there’s some of the most unspoiled scenery in Europe. Just a bus ride away you’ll find medieval towns, vineyards and nature reserves. And Luxembourg’s own wineries that sit alongside the banks of the Moselle are just the ticket (unless you want to travel to them by pleasure boat along the river).
A place rich in culture, the City’s historic monuments sit alongside modern architecture, and landscaped green spaces.
Mullerthal is known as Luxembourg’s ‘Little Switzerland’ for its amazing landscapes of hills and rock formations. Echternach, the region’s capital, is Luxembourg’s oldest town. Amongst the many attractions are a Benedictine abbey and the remains of a Roman palace.
Do what comes naturally in the Ardennes’ two large nature reserves. With carefully restored ruins and fortifications from the area’s medieval past, it is a hiking and cycling paradise.
This residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg is, fittingly, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, with a 16th century Flemish façade and a spectacular interior for you to admire on a guided tour.
Luxembourg produces its own lovely wines from ancient vineyards, situated alongside charming medieval towns. So why not take a wine themed hike? Now try saying that after a few Pinot Gris or Riesling.