Luxembourg’s size makes it one of the forgotten countries in Europe, but if you are traveling through the region you could do far worse than to spend a little time in this historic duchy. Sandwiched between France, Belgium, and Germany, it definitely takes on characteristics of its neighbors, but there is plenty to make it unique at the same time. With one of the highest standards of living in the world, the locals are probably fine with being ignored, but let’s have a look anyway, shall we?
What To Do
Luxembourg City is the largest city and obvious focal point. The location itself, perched on a hill overlooking two valleys, makes for some stunning views. There is a cathedral and palace in the center that are both worthwhile attractions and a series of military caves known as casemates are open for tours and provide excellent views in addition to the fascinating history of the caves themselves. For something a little different there is a huge American war memorial and cemetery within the city where General George Patton is among the buried.
The Moselle Valley is one of the area’s more famous wine regions. Known for their sweet and fruity whites, the areas wineries are a big draw from spring through autumn. There are several prominent wineries along the Moselle River and tours and tastings, of course, are available.
Many will arrive in Luxembourg by train using their Eurail Pass or by car, but Luxembourg also has an international airport. You can book a flight into Luxembourg (code:LUX) from many European cities as well as limited service from other continents. Being a small airport, good deals tend to be hard to come by so usually it’s best to check prices into Paris or Frankfurt as well. The airport is close to the city and buses between the two are frequent.
Where To Stay
There are hostels in Luxembourg City as well as plenty of hotels to choose from. The city is small and the center is very nice so consider paying a bit more for a great location. There are hostels in other cities and regions as well, but as with anywhere, the better and cheaper ones tend to book up in advance so plan ahead.