Live your unexpected Luxembourg

The tourist offer in the Grand Duchy has never before been as rich and diverse as today. With three tourist sites registered as UNESCO World Heritage, a thousand-year-old multicultural capital city and five tourist regions with their very own characteristics, the Grand Duchy offers on a small surface of 2.586 km2 a huge variety of tourist attractions. Alongside certified quality hiking trails and exciting mountain bike tracks the country features with the upcoming Tour de France another highlight for cycling fans.

Despite its spectacular modernization in the last few decades, Luxembourg remains a metropolis on a human scale, shaped by tradition and modernity and with great natural surroundings. Although the capital is only home to some 119.214 people, with its 150 different nationalities it is very multicultural. They all appreciate and enjoy the incentives of a city, built around a fortress more than 1.000 years ago.

The old town around the cathedral has been part of UNESCO World Heritage list since 1994. While visitors can marvel at the remains of the former commanding fortress around the Bock promontory, with the casemates set in the rock between upper and lower town, splendid examples of contemporary architecture are on display in the European quarter Kirchberg, including the much acclaimed Philharmonie and the light-flooded museum of contemporary art Mudam. The Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) offers several guided tours and other opportunities to discover the capital and its highlights.

Land of contrasts

Due to geological circumstances, Luxembourg is home to an array of different landscapes. These include the dense woodlands and valleys of the Ardennes or the bizarre rock formations in the Mullerthal region. The region of the “red earth” in the south (Minett) with its former mining landscapes, the vineyards of the Moselle region and the enchanted meadow landscapes in the Guttland region characterise the Grand Duchy’s territory.

With more than 50 castles, Luxembourg is somewhat of a fairyland destination. They range from smaller ones (used as residences) to big ones that can be visited, hired for events or are popular for group tours. To the North lies the castle of Vianden, one of the most acknowledged historic fortification at the western side of the Rhine river. The castles of Beaufort in the Müllerthal region and the castle of Clervaux, hosting the UNESCO World Heritage exhibition "The Family of Man", as well as the "Valley of the seven Castles" in the Guttland are just a few of the testimonies of Luxembourg’s glorious past.

Activ in nature

The Grand-Duchy has one of the densest certified hiking networks in Europe, all laid out in a breath-taking setting, with valleys, forests, rock formations, rivers, castles and waterfalls.

The Mullerthal Trail, acknowledged among the “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, stretches out on 112 km and divided into three routes, which lead through the enchanted Mullerthal. With its stunning landscapes and the spectacular waterfall “Schiessentümpel”, the region is often referred to as “Luxembourg’s little Switzerland”.

In the northern half of the country, in the Luxembourg Ardennes, the Escapardenne Eisleck Trail starts off in the village of Kautenbach and finishes in the Belgian town of La-Roche-en-Ardenne. Both the Escapardenne Eisleck Trail with its 104 km and the Escapardenne Lee Trail with its 53 km are certified as "Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe".

In the Moselle region, hiking trails lead through the vineyards: the perfect opportunity to discover various vintners or relax on a boat cruise on the river. The „Traumschleifen“ circular parts combine beautiful panoramic views over the vineyards and the Moselle valley with very interesting routes through nature reserves and the possibility to discover famous restaurants and enjoy wine tourism.

In the south of the country, the hiking trails of the “minette” reflect the region’s metallurgical industry past. On the “miner’s trail”, the route leads through former industrial sites, registered as nature reserves. The geology path “Giele Botter” (yellow butter) gives a detailed outline of the former iron ore stocks, the stone layers and the former surface mine. In the West of the Grand Duchy, known as Guttland, idyllic and beautiful hiking trails lead for instance through the "Valley of the seven Castles".

The Grand Duchy’s official cycling network stretches over more than 600 km and has an additional 33 mountain bike tracks. Cyclists can enjoy the favourite routes of professional road racing cyclists and those looking for more challenging terrain can explore the designated mountain bike tracks. Exploring the five regions by bike is a great way to visit the country in an authentic way.

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Facts on Luxembourg

  • As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarchy, Luxembourg is headed by a Grand Duke and is the only Grand Duchy in the world
  • Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe with a population of 613.894 of which 47% are non-Luxembourgers
  • Luxembourg borders onto Belgium, Germany and France
  • Luxembourg City, the capital, counts 119.214 inhabitants, is a cosmopolitan city with stunning contemporary architecture and a history that dates back to 963
  • Luxembourg ranks first of 221 cities for world's best personal safety (according to Mercer Ranking)
  • Luxembourg is a founding member of the EU and holds one of the three seats of the European Union’s main institutions
  • The country has three official languages – Luxembourgish, French, German – and English is also widely spoken
  • Luxair, the national carrier, is connected to all major European hubs. Luxairport is just a 10-minute drive from the heart of the city
  • Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are listed in Luxembourg – Luxembourg City Old Town, the permanent photo exhibition Family of Man (curated by Edward Steichen) in Clervaux and the Dancing Procession in Echternach
  • The Grand Duchy boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any country in the world
  • Luxembourg offers a wide selection of accommodation ranging from 1-5 Star Hotels, Youth hostels, Campings, Bed&Breakfasts and Guesthouses
  • The Schengen Agreement (Borderless Treaty) derives its name from a small winemakers’ village with the name of Schengen on Luxembourg’s Moselle where the treaty was signed
  • Luxembourg offers culture, history, fine food and outdoor living
  • Luxembourgers are creative, open minded, inviting and multicultural

A destination in the heart of Europe

European Cities Distance by car by plane by train
Amsterdam 417 km   1:30'  
Berlin 769 km   1:20'  
Brussels 216 km 2:00'    
Cologne 233 km 2:30'    
Frankfurt 276 km   0:50'  
Munich 532 km   1:10'  
Geneva 576 km   0:55'  
Hamburg 659 km   1:55'  
London 584 km   1:10'  
Madrid 1635 km   2:20'  
Paris 372 km   1:00' 2:05' (TGV)
Rome 1281 km   1:50'  
Strasbourg 220 km 2:10'    

 

Luxembourg Card App

The new Luxembourg Card mobile app is the quick way to save money during your visits of the country’s attractions. You can buy the digital Luxembourg Card for one person or groups, and this gives you either free or reduced-price entry to more than 60 locations and museums. It also gives free access to public transport.

Direct Links to download the app

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lu.ont.luxembourgcard
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/luxembourg-card/id1218194607?ls=1&mt=8