City break: Luxembourg

Bordered by France, Belgium and Germany, Luxembourg sits at the heart of Europe. Although famous for its ancient medieval castles and picturesque landscapes and valleys producing some of the world’s best wines, it is not a well-known tourist destination. It nevertheless has a lot to offer as your next holiday spot!

Luxembourg City

This splendid capital city lies on two levels, with the old town rising from the 10th-century fortress which is now perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by lush greenery. The best way to see this part of the city is to walk along the famous “Promenade Wenzel” which takes visitors along the ancient walls and historic sites, through cobbled streets lined with towers and churches. Make sure not to miss the Place d’Armes, a little square in the pedestrian area, the Chemin de la Corniche, the “most beautiful balcony in Europe”, and Casemates du Bock, the underground galleries dug into the stone cliffs dating back to the 17th century. The highlight of the city, however, is its spectacular castles, like the former castle of the Counts of Luxembourg from the Middle Ages, and the castles of Differdange and Vianden.

Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland

The Eastern region of Mullerthal, also known as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, owes its name to the Swiss-style mountain landscapes. Its capital, Echternach, is one of the oldest towns in the country. Nine years ago, in 2010, the town earned an international reputation as its hopping procession became part of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage. If you choose to visit the region, don’t forget some of the main sites like the Roman villa, the Trifolion cultural centre and the Abbey of Echternach.

The best way to discover its intact nature has to be the Mullerthal Trail which invites the most experienced hikers on a 70-mile route along valley trails through a spectacular rocky landscape. The paths will lead you through forests and fields in a preserved natural environment where you can admire breathtaking panoramic views.

Cycling paradise

Luxembourgers are passionate about cycling. They’re very proud of their champion Charly Haul, nicknamed the “angel of the mountain”, who participated in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. The country boasts more than 500 miles of cycle paths and 400 miles of mountain biking routes which, if you stop to take in the intact nature and magnificent landscapes, offer an unmissable experience.  Throughout Luxembourg, cycle paths and routes are well signposted and generally located in areas far from traffic. All that’s left for you to do is to prepare yourself and start your journey. If you don’t have your own bike, don’t worry, there are many bike rental companies across the country!

Luxembourg cuisine

Luxembourg cuisine is principally determined by its geographic conditions and the melting pot it is today, making it truly unique. You’ll find German dishes like Kaesespaetzle (a cheesy pasta bake), Rosti (Swiss potato fritters) and even the famous Italian carbonara. We mustn’t forget Apfelstrudel, the Austrian cake made with apples and succulent French croissants. The chefs of Luxembourg, however, have their own traditional recipes, generally passed down from their grandparents and slightly adapted for the modern market. So treat yourself to delicious traditional Luxembourg dishes like Judd mat Gaardebounen, pork collar with broad beans, Träipen, fried black pudding with apple sauce, and ‘Luxembourg-style’ crayfish.

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