What Luxembourg lacks in size, it more than makes up for in friendliness and a wealth of things to do. This diminutive nation, snuggled between France, Germany and Belgium, is a European powerhouse when it comes to holidays and city breaks in Luxembourg City, the capital which is almost equidistant from Brussels, Reims and Cologne, are a great way to start exploring.
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Combining the ancient with the modern, Luxembourg City packs a lot into its 50 square kilometres, not least around 160 different nationalities, with increasing numbers of foreigners flocking to the country every year to enjoy the relaxed pace of life and stunning scenery on offer.
Luxembourg City’s Old Town is incredibly charming and a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right. Winding alleys, cobbled streets and ancient city walls combine to form one of the most picturesque and quaint capital cities on the continent.
History lovers will want to make a beeline for Casemates du Bock, a vast complex of underground tunnels, originally constructed in the 1600s, which were used as bunkers during the Second World War. Today, the tunnels are a UNESCO World Heritage site and can be accessed via the old castle at Montee de Clausen. Perfect for memorable city breaks in Luxembourg.
Elsewhere, the Letzebuerg City Museum provides further fascinating insight into the history of the capital and wider nation, dating back to the 10th century, while the 17th century Chemin de la Corniche – often referred to as the ‘most beautiful balcony in Europe’ – is an absolute must to enjoy jaw-dropping views of the city.
And the city’s architecture isn’t bad either. The beauty of the Baroque-style Notre Dame Cathedral and the spectacular combination of Romantic and Gothic styles in the construction of the Grand Ducal Palace, built during the Flemish Renaissance – are perfectly complimented by the modernity of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra concert hall and the chic bars, restaurants and offices of the Kirchberg neighbourhood.
On top of all that, Luxembourg City also boasts a thriving nightlife scene, particularly around the Clausen and Grund areas of the city.
The great thing about holidays in Luxembourg is that you’re not restricted to only experiencing one small part of the nation. With the ability to drive from the north to south in just a couple of hours, the whole country is at your fingertips.
And with excellent wine regions, gorgeous medieval castles, quaint villages, rolling hills and UNESCO World Heritage sites galore, it’s well worth venturing beyond the city limits.
Keen sommeliers should head to the Moselle Valley, located in the south-east corner of Luxembourg, where neighbours Germany and France join the party.
To the north, along the German border, Chateau de Vianden is reminiscent of something out of a Disney film. Only an hour’s drive from the capital, the castle was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and restored to its former glory in 1977.
The town of Echternacht is also worth a visit, especially during late May to late June, when it hosts an international music festival, while on Whit Tuesday, a centuries-old dancing procession attracts visitors from around the world.
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