The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a varied country, rich of lovely environment and magnificent ancient sites, despite being one of Europe’s smallest countries. Its tumultuous past is littered with tales of emperors and counts, as well as many wars and disagreements. Today, the almost fairy-tale-like castles and fortifications remain a faint but impressive reminder of bygone days, and they provide for some excellent and beautiful views in their lovely natural environment.
The majority of the country’s population lives in rural regions, and towns are generally tiny, with the exception of the charming ancient city of Luxembourg, which serves as the country’s capital. The capital, on the other hand, is a must-see destination. It is perched high on a rock, with panoramic views of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers’ deep and narrow valleys. UNESCO has designated many sections of the old town as World Heritage Sites, including the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame, the town walls, and, of course, the Grand Ducal Palace, which is encircled by beautiful cobblestoned alleys, among the most fascinating. The Bock casemates, Neumünster Abbey, and the Place d’Armes are just a few of the sights to visit. There are many World War II memorial sites and a number of high-end museums, but strolling around the old town, taking in the magnificent views from the Chemin de la Corniche, and crossing bridges to the nearby plateaus is just as enjoyable.
Echternach, Luxembourg’s oldest city, is a bustling hub of activity. The basilica of the Abbey of Echternach, where the country’s patron St Willibrord is buried, is the country’s most famous ecclesiastical building. The annual Whit Tuesday festivities in his honor, which take place in the old town centre and are a major tourist attraction, include a large number of dancers. Apart from its own attractions, Echternach is an excellent starting point for exploring the lovely Müllerthal, often known as “Little Switzerland.” Hike or bike through the thick woods, which include many streams and caverns.
Despite the summer throng, the charming hamlet of Vianden with its magnificent medieval castle remains a tourist favorite and well worth a visit. The fortress’s lovely setting in the Our river valley, surrounded by dense woods and a swan-filled lake, gives it a classic fairy-tale castle appearance. Visit the Victor Hugo home after you’ve wandered the streets and seen the Gothic cathedrals and fortified towers of this beautiful town. Following that, the lovely cafés of the Grand Rue are a great spot to relax and unwind.
Start your own journey along the Route du Vin in Remich and experience the numerous excellent wines made in the Moselle Valley.