The biggest of the dwarf states of Europe is a Grand-Duchy with a flag that is almost, but not quite the same as the Dutch flag. This landlocked nation has three official languages, German, French and Luxembourgish and its economy is mainly based on financial institutions with Luxembourg being known as a tax-haven for the super-rich.
Despite being small, there is still plenty to do, the country has hills, forests, valleys with vineyards and picturesque villages, and the capital conveniently called Luxembourg, like the country, has a World Heritage Listed old town to rumble around. Good food and wine complement the good vibes, and an international atmosphere ensures a cosmopolitan feel.
So don’t skip this little Grand-Duchy, but hike around in search of medieval castles and hidden gorges, a friendly local, or a glass of wine from the Moselle Valley. Then make your way to the capital and mingle with the bankers, or stroll along the Chemin de la Corniche with its beautiful views.
Highlights from Luxembourg
- Walk around Luxembourg City (aka Stad Lëtzebuerg, Ville de Luxembourg, or Stadt Luxemburg) , with its Royal Palace, the old town and the Chemin de la Corniche
- Visit Chateau de Vianden
- Hike around the Müllerthal full of small ravines, forests and little rivers
- Stroll around pretty Echternach
- Try some wine in the Moselle Valley
- Trek through the Ardennes in the north of Luxembourg
- Learn about Luxembourg’s industrial past in the Land of the Red Rocks in the south
- Admire little Larochette
- Celebrate the Grand Duke’s birthday together with the locals on the 23rd of June
- Meander around Esch-sur-Sûre with its beautiful location
Hints and Tips for Luxembourg
- You shouldn’t have any problem with communicating, apart from German and French, most people also speak English.
- Camping will save you money and will bring you closer to nature.
- Don’t drink the water from the creeks and rivers anywhere, no matter how clean they look.