6 reasons to visit Luxembourg for a vacation
Here are 6 of the most interesting things to see and do in Luxembourg as suggested by Tim Skelton, author of Luxembourg - the Bradt travel guide.
1. Culturally rich capital
Built around the meeting points of the two rivers Moselle and Sûre, Luxembourg city is as beautiful as any European capital and is well worth the stay. Luxembourg has a great importance in terms of culture, the city's old quarter was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in December 1994.
Surrounded by museums, hotels, and restaurants, Luxembourg is attractive enough to hold anyone in for a few days. The visitors who love shopping can go to the store with a variety of prices suitable for all wallets.
2. There are castles everywhere
Luxembourg's strategic location at a major crossroads of Europe (bordering Belgium, France, and Germany) makes for a dense network of defensive castles that can be found anywhere.
The most beautiful castle of Luxembourg is Vianden. Built in the 11th century, Vianden Castle has been destroyed but has been restored to its glorious splendor.
3. Echternach - the oldest city in Luxembourg
Offering a wealth of accommodation choices, the beautiful city of Echternach - Luxembourg's oldest city (dating back to 698 BC) is a perfect destination for travelers wishing to explore the area.
Visitors will find a karst area with steep ravines, creating spectacular views at every angle. In late October, this place is vibrant with the colors of autumn is extremely fascinating.
4. Fine wines
The wine-lovers certainly can not overlook Europe's smallest wine region, stretching 42 kilometers along the Moselle. This is where the finest white Alsace wine is made, increasingly delicious.
Do not forget to try the premium crémants, which are commonly served as an aperitif and other affordable champagnes. Two other local wines are also worth a try: Veiner Nëssliqueur - a sweet walnut-flavored drink and Cassero - a deliciously brewed fruit drink. Other wines such as Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc are also popular.
5. World-class restaurants
Culinary is a topic of discussion for the people of Luxembourg and it is always close to the soul of people. Luxembourg is home to one of the smallest European countries, with more Michelin starred restaurants than any other country - 12 restaurants.
At the restaurants of Luxembourg, guests can enjoy French-style dishes and are served in large German-style portions - a perfect combination for hungry gourmets. In addition, there are many eateries with immersion history, especially from Portugal and Italy for those with modest budgets.
6. Bicycle route
Luxembourg is a country that values cycling. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails for bicycles if you want to spend extra energy.
Travelers who do not like to venture can bike on some of the routes that follow old railroad tracks and river valleys. Tourists can enjoy the mountain landscape while riding.
By: Gitta Russell