The Grand Duchy, a hidden gem

Why Luxembourg is the unexpected travel discovery of the year

It is known to many as one of the largest financial centres in Europe, home to international corporations and EU institutions, but the only Grand Duchy in the world has so much more to offer. Luxembourg is a cosmopolitan idyll with around 600,000 inhabitants, half of which are made up of more than 170 nationalities. The three official languages of Luxembourgish, German and French - with English spoken by almost everyone in the country - make the country an unparalleled multilingual and cultural (adopted) home.

Five regions share the 2,600 km², of the small country with borders to Germany, Belgium and France and offer citizens and visitors a great variety of recreational opportunities with a very good infrastructure. With one third of the country covered with forest in combination with dramatic rock formations and watercourses that carve their way not only through the countryside but also through the capital, Luxembourg’s landscape creates a harmonious interplay of nature and architecture. New technologies are part of the long-term project "Smart City", such as the world's first and only virtual travel tour "Urban Timetravel", digitise the unique landscape and bring Luxembourg’s eventful history to life in a fascinating way.

The concept of the new exhibition stand at ITB enables guests to get to know multiple aspects of the travel destination and its innovative technologies in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere:

Urban Experience - Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette and other cities and towns in the Grand Duchy regularly host music and cultural festivals. Attractive shopping possibilities, including established designer boutiques as well as young designers from the region, alongside a budding bar and club culture, contribute to the style and dynamism of the capital. Short distances allow most people to walk, cycle or use public transport, which has a positive impact on the quality of life. From March 2020, the use of buses, trains and the tram will be free, encouraging more and more people to reduce the use of cars. Tourists can already enjoy free public transport with the Luxembourg Card, as well as free and reduced access to many attractions nationwide.

Culinary Delights - Local wines and Crémants from the Moselle River are known beyond the country's borders and are proudly served in local restaurants. The density of Michelin-starred restaurants is unparalleled in international comparison and many restaurants receive a high rating in the Michelin Guide and Gault&Millau guide. Specialties from all over the world can be found in the Grand Duchy and the local cuisine and pastries delight even the most discerning gourmets.

Outdoor Activities - With its exceptional rock formations, lush forests, barrage and bathing lakes, the wild and romantic nature make Luxembourg a paradise for active holidaymakers and families alike. Hundreds of hiking trails, certified routes, water sports and theme parks mean the offer is boundless for all ages, hikers, mountain bikers and campers.

Culture - Cityscapes and landscapes are characterised by historical as well as modern architecture: palaces, castles, abbeys, historic industrial sites and the old town of Luxembourg City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are joined by 21st Century architecture designed by nationally and internationally renowned figures. You can admire and discover several centuries of history. Museums and galleries make aesthetes' hearts beat faster, while the Philharmonie concert hall, the Conservatoire and theatres delight demanding culture fans.

25 Years of World Heritage

On 17 December 1994, UNESCO declared the "Old Quarters and Fortifications of Luxembourg" a World Heritage Site. The end of 2019 will mark its 25th anniversary with such a title. The Luxembourg City Tourist Office offers a variety of ways to get to know the cultural sites, such as guided historical walks or the 9.5 km UNESCO bike tour. Themed exhibitions, lectures and events for adults and children will complement the existing programme this year and next. For the main jubilee year in 2020, the UNESCO Commission, together with the city and its partners, has created a varied programme to both preserve and develop World Heritage as an essential part of Luxembourg for citizens as well as guests from all over the world. An overview of the offer can be found on www.visitluxembourg.com  and www.unesco.lu

European Capital of Culture Esch-sur-Alzette in 2022

Luxembourg is European by nature, especially in its border regions. Esch-sûr-Alzette is the largest city and capital of the south of Luxembourg which borders France and is well-suited for the title of European Capital of Culture 2022. Today, more than 120 nationalities live in the old industrial heart of Europe, giving a glimpse of ??the continent’s future. The mix of different cultures and the change from an industrial society to a knowledge society is already a reality. At the same time, when developing the infrastructure - for example the creation of the University of Luxembourg campus and creative industries such as the "Creative Hub" 1535 - the country ensures respect for history. The current application of Luxembourg for the admission of the south of the country, which is characterised by historical industrial culture and biodiversity, to the UNESCO programme "Man and the Biosphere", is also in line with the series of measures taken. For further information visit www.esch2022.lu and www.minetttour.lu.

 

The Luxembourg partners at the ITB stand are:

• Luxembourg City Tourist Office • Mondorf Domaine Thermal • LUXAIR Group • Voyages Emile Weber • City of Luxembourg & Urban Timetravel by Digital Devotion Group.

 

Publication date
04 March 2019
Author
Luxembourg for Tourism
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