Officially called the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the landlocked country of Luxembourg is a fantastic destination for those looking for a European holiday that is big on attractions, both man-made and natural. Despite its diminutive size, Luxembourg has an abundance of historic castles, various picturesque landscapes and the most Michelin Starred restaurants in one area.
The Grand Duchy’s only international airport is Luxembourg Findel Airport (LUX) which is situated about 30 km from the capital, Luxembourg or Luxembourg City. As Luxembourg is in close proximity to London, on average, a flight will take just over an hour. Flight prices fluctuate slightly throughout the year. During the low season, which runs from late summer through to early spring, a return flight to Luxembourg will cost around £55. However, if you plan on visiting the city between April and July, the cost of a return ticket will be closer to £90.
What to Do in Luxembourg
Most people holidaying in Luxembourg head to the capital city. In Luxembourg City you will find plenty of world-class galleries and museums, such as Mudam and Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. Mudam has a number of fascinating exhibitions showcasing ground-breaking modern and experimental art. Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg is an interesting museum housed in a stunning collection of 17th-century houses which has lots of interactive exhibitions that explore the history of the capital. No trip to Luxembourg is complete without a walk along Chemin de la Corniche, a promenade which offers unforgettable views of the river and nearby fortifications.
At the heart of the capital is a UNESCO-listed Old Town waiting to be explored. Here you will find a number of important landmarks including the Royal Palace which is the Grand Duchy’s official residence and Notre-Dame Cathedral, a stunning edifice which dates back to the 1600s.
The Ardennes is a fantastic holiday destination for those who love outdoor pursuits and want to immerse themselves in some of Luxembourg’s most majestic landscapes. In the Ardennes there are plenty of hiking and cycling trails of varying difficult which lead tourists through lush forests and rustic villages. In this northern part of the Luxembourg you will also find the country’s two largest nature reserves: the Nature Park of Our and Nature Park of the Upper-Sûre. As well as encompassing beautiful landscapes, these parks also include a number of small villages. There are numerous medieval castles to visit while on holiday in the Ardennes. In addition to having daily tours a number of these castles have medieval events and exhibitions throughout the year which bring these edifices back to life.
Affectionately known as Little Switzerland, Luxembourg’s Mullerthal Region is a hilly district which has frequently been likened to the landscape of Switzerland. In the Mullerthal Region there are plenty of trails to explore, from leisurely walks to challenging hiking, there is a route for everyone! In this picturesque region you will also find Echternach, the oldest town in Luxembourg which is home to a Benedictine abbey and the internationally-renowned Dancing Procession. Held annually of Whit Tuesday, the procession commemorates the abbey’s founder St. Willibond in Polka dancing and prayer.