Have you considered Luxembourg for a short break? Although small in size, the world’s last Grand Duchy, Luxembourg might surprise you with just how much it has to offer its visitors. Luxembourg is a diverse country that boasts a rich history and an abundance of beautiful nature from forests to vineyards. The rich history is evident today from the stunning castles set against wonderful natural backdrops that bring to mind the classic European fairytales. Indeed the Old Town of the city of Luxembourg, which is the nation’s capital, is home to protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Considering it is a city that is most associated as a European financial centre, you will be pleasantly surprised at just how picturesque the streets of Luxembourg city are. The city is set high on a cliff that overlooks the valleys of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers. Some of the highlights of Luxembourg City include the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dam, the Bock casemates and the Grand Ducal Palace. A walk around the city centre is a treat and will see you take in some of the best views as you walk the cobblestone streets and cross some of the many pretty bridges. Luxembourg is a country that enjoys a standard of living that is among the highest in the world and as a result accommodation and restaurants can be a little on the pricey side but it is worth noting that at the weekend many hotels offer better rates as many professionals return to their respective homes. And speaking of restaurants, Luxembourg’s international nature means that you can enjoy a wide range of high quality and diverse cuisine.
Of course, there is more to Luxembourg than its capital city and one of the best places to start outside of the capital is the town of Echternach which is the oldest city of Luxembourg. The country’s pantron saint Willibrord is buried at the basilica of the Abbey of Echternach. Many visitors use Echternach as the start point for exploring Mullerthal, a forested area where you can find some of the best natural beauty in the country.
The village of Vianden is another place that is very popular with tourists and it is most associated with its fabulous medieval castle. The Chateau de Vianden underwent an almost complete restoration during the 20th century having fallen into disrepair since being built from the 11th to 14th century.
The Moselle Valley which is located in the countries of France, Germany and Luxembourg is a famous white wine producing region. The Luxembourg part of the region is home to several fine vineyards and wine aficionados can begin their tour of the region in the town of Remich. The town itself is a picturesque tourist town that is sometimes known as the ‘Pearl of Moselle’. There are many fine restaurants as well as wine cellars in Remich and it is perfect for arranging your tour of the wine region.
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