While Luxembourg is a landlocked country and has no access to the seas, its terrain and scenery are not only gorgeous but varied too. It’s interestingly split into two parts – its northern region is hilly and filled with plateaus and low mountains, and this area is part of the Ardennes, a beautiful stretch of forests and raw soil. Its southern parts are filled with valleys and rivers, and long stretches of fertile soil.
Like with many countries of similar size and stature, Luxembourg’s cuisine is intrinsically connected with its larger, and influential, neighbours. Maybe the roots of the food found in Luxembourg come from the peasantry from ages past, there’s still a touch of refinement that was influenced by France, and an interesting German element when it comes to heartier more meat-based dishes. It’s not uncommon to find elegant pastries served beside bacon and vegetables, all alongside the more modern influence in food caused by Italian cuisine.
Maybe not as internationally renowned as its neighbours, Luxembourg’s culture is nonetheless refined and unbelievably interesting. Its territory was a sort of the centre of the wider region, and in the past, its more powerful neighbours coveted Luxembourg’s position which led to occupation and domination by foreign forces, that in turn caused a fascinating amalgamation between German and French culture and art. Today, all of those influences from the past can be easily witnessed, as Luxembourg is a country that proudly displays its works of arts which are definitely of the highest calibre.
As a country with long and detailed history, as well as a founding member of the European Union, the capital of the country – Luxembourg City – is one of the three capitals of the European Union. The cities of Luxembourg are absolutely breathtaking with numerous peculiar sights to see, like fascinating architecture and beautiful displays of art, cities like Echternach and Ettelbruck are chock full with life, and easily convey the spirit of Luxembourg.
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For a small country, Luxembourg packs a punch when it comes to world-class sites and attractions. There are almost more castles than houses, and even the old quarter of Luxembourg city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Vianden Castle, sitting gracefully atop its hilly perch, looks straight out of a Disney tale.
Luxembourg City has multiple districts weaving through its river carved levels. Each one offering a different vibe. There's something to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for fabulous architecture, inspiring modern art, or a delectable food scene. The city is a hub of eclectic cultivation that has taken the best of its own culture and that of its neighbours.
As one of the smallest countries in Europe. You can drive from the Northern border to the South in less than 2 hours. Making it a great place to enjoy the delights of the city and the quaint countryside on foot. So be sure to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes. If you do want to venture out beyond, Luxembourg is well connected to its fellow European neighbours. France, Belgium and Germany are a mere train ride away from Luxembourg City. A trip on line 10 is also one of the best scenic rides through the northern countryside.
The visit Luxembourg Pass is a must for first-time visitors. Giving you access to most of the attractions on the tourist path and all of the main public transport.
Best Time To Visit
If you want to beat the crowds before the peak season and still discover the best of Luxembourg's appeal. May is a great month as the countryside bursts into green and many of the hiking trails open.
Summer (June to August) is the best time to visit for glorious weather. The start of a suberb host of outdoor activities, festivals, and public events. It's the peak tourist season so be sure to book accommodations early.
Though the nights are long and the days are held in a frosty clutch. Luxembourg has a special charm in winter when the stacked colourful buildings get a pretty dusting of snow. The Winter Lights Festival is the main draw from November to early January. It's a good time to quietly enjoy the country's many museums in the low season.
What To Expect
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your travels to Luxembourg.
Currency - Luxembourg is a founding member of the Eu and the official currency is the Euro
Language - Luxembourg is a melting pot of cultures and many people speak multiple tongues fluently. The official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish.
ATMs - ATM's are abundant in Luxembourg and simply marked with ATM.
Plugs & Sockets - Luxembourg uses the Europlug, or Type c style plug with 2 round pins. The standard voltage is 220v and 50Hz frequency.
Safety - Luxembourg is considered one of the safest places in the world.
Climate - Luxembourg has a continental climate with mild winters and cool summers, averaging 17 degrees celsius. Rainfall is common at all times of year but can pass quickly in the summer months (June to August).