Luxembourg is a small country in the heart of Europe, which borders on France, Belgium and Germany. Multilingual and multicultural, it can quickly be reached from its neighbour countries, which explains its popularity with French, Belgian, German and even Dutch tourists. Luxembourg’s currency is the euro.
The north of the country is part of the Ardennes, and, with the Upper Sûre and Our Nature Parks, an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists. The area, which is also called “Eislék”, lies at 400 to 500 metres. Flora and fauna are similar to that of the German low mountain ranges, featuring for example beech trees and spruces, red deer and wild boars, as well as all kinds of birds and fish – Luxembourg is in fact a popular fishing destination.
Luxembourg’s capital city should be part of everyone’s holiday itinerary. It is also called Luxembourg, and a visit to the old part of the city should begin on the Place Guillaume II. It is absolutely worth visiting the city’s old fortifications with its underground ‘casemates’ and the new Musée Dräi Eechelen, which explains Luxembourg’s history and that of its fortress. Other interesting sights include the Grand Ducal Palace, the Museum of Modern Art, which was designed by Ming Pei, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Abbey Neumünster and St. Michael’s Church.
Tourists who are particularly interested in culture and history might want to visit one or several of Luxembourg’s many castles. An especially beautiful example is the castle of Vianden, which counts among Europe’s most beautiful castle residences.
Luxembourg’s moderate central European climate is influenced by Atlantic sea currents, and features relatively mild winters and enjoyably warm summers.
Photos: Pierre Haas, divers