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The areas of Luxembourg

Good things do come in small packages: Weave your way through a medieval town where you’ll discover magnificent castles from the Middle Ages, satiate your appetite for great food and conversation at a quaint bistro, or jump on your bike to experience the expansive valleys, rugged cliffs and unique rock formations. It’s all within reach – it’s all here in Luxembourg.

LUXEMBOURG CITY

FAIRYTALES CAN COME TRUE

The name Luxembourg appeared for the first time in the year 963 when it denoted a simple castle built by Count Siegfried on a hill known as the Bock. Today, you can observe some of its remains on a visit to the popular Bock casemates and the archeological crypt of the Count’s castle. Continue the day on a historical note as you explore the old city with its cobbled streets and imposing walls, and feast your eyes on ornate windows or jewel-like medallions. Come back to modern day as you pass contemporary constructions of glass and steel that house the many banking and business establishments in the capital. Take a lovely walk through Useldange where you can’t miss the feudal castle surrounded by rolling plain. The restoration of this historical centre earned this Village the prestigious Europa Nostra prize. Satiate your appetite for good food and conversation at the colorful cafes, from Irish pubs to cozy bistros, situated in nearly every square. Or, catch a performance at a nearby theater, wander through galleries displaying the works of national and international artists, and sign up for a tour by foot or by train to get the whole picture. The Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean conceived by I.M. Pei. The impressive collection will feature 200 works of art by more than 100 international artists.

While you’re here, visit:

  • Flea market held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in Luxembourg
  • Strawberry and apple festival in Steinsel
  • Pottery Museum in Nospelt

MULLERTHAL: LITTLE SWITZERLAND

CALLING ALL MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Situated on the River Sure, Little Switzerland is an explorer’s paradise. This area centers around the medieval town of Echternach and is brimming with artifacts from the Mesolithic era which can be viewed at the Museum of Prehistory at the “Hihof” in Echternach. Excavations in this area have uncovered remnants from eras gone by, including vestiges of the first church built around 700 in Echternach and an ancient Roman camp. History enthusiasts can also tour the remains of the 12th century Beaufort Castle. Here you’ll find everything from graceful swans to a torture chamber. After leaving the throne, opt for a glass of Cassis blackcurrant liquor, a Beaufort specialty. Little Switzerland’s expansive valleys, rugged cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, and unusual rock formations make it the perfect setting for hiking, cycling, and rock climbing. Or, follow the signs to one of several walking paths in the area.

While you’re here, visit:

  • Wonderful views from Consdorf
  • Colorful flower village in Haller
  • Walking paths through fantastic rock formations in Christnach

ARDENNES

NATURE'S PLAYGROUND

Many consider the Ardennes to be synonymous with magnificent landscape – winding valleys, endless rivers, and invigorating green landscapes. The skillfully restored Vianden Castle takes you back to the Middle Ages and is equipped with antique weaponry and armour, Gobelin tapestries, and majestic furniture. Reach new heights as you get a glimpse of the unforgettable character of this scenic region from the Vianden chairlift. Head to the city of Clervaux where you’ll find yet another castle with parts dating back to the 12th century. The Castle was restored after its destruction during the Battle of the Bulge in the mid 1940s. The 12th century feudal castle, that ranks among the world heritage sites of UNESCO, also reveals Edward Steichen’s photo collection “Family of Man”. The National Museum of Military History offers visitors a glimpse of the most significant events of the Battle of the Bulge. Reaching an altitude of 559 meters, the highest peak in the Grand Duchy is also in this area as is the German-Luxembourgish natural park that runs along the river. The area’s churches and chapels are worth a look with their beautiful frescoes, sculptures, and mosaics. Take a stroll through Diekirch with its old world charm and big open terrace square that serves up public concerts in the summer and Diekirch beer all year round. What’s more, The National Museum of Military History offers visitors a glimpse of the most significant events of the Battle of the Bulge.

While you’re here, visit:

  • Museum of the Battle of the Bulge and the Museum of Art and Handicraft in Wiltz. It’s also home of the International Open-air Theater. Check out the celebrated Musical Festival in July where you’ll catch jazz, operas, operettas, musicals, and plays
  • Three charming villages in Weiswampach
  • Memorial to General Patton and Patton Museum in Ettelbruck
  • The Nut Market (Veiner Nëssmoort) is held on the second Sunday in October

LAND OF THE RED ROCKS

BUILT TO LAST

Sophisticated mansions boasting Art Nouveau and Art Deco style give this area a touch of class. This “red earth” mining area gave way to the development of the iron and steel industry that is responsible for much of the Luxembourg’s affluence. Extensive hiking trails run through awe-inspiring wooded and grassland areas, as well as through challenging plateaus. Esch-sur-Alzette, the second largest town in the country, is a prominent business center, and is also known for its local theater and expositions.

While you’re here, visit:

  • Art Deco and Art Nouveau style homes

MOSELLE VALLEY

A REFRESHING RETREAT

Wine has been the main attraction of the Moselle Valley for centuries, dating back to the Romans. The vineyard is mostly known for its dry white wines, such as Rivaner, Auxerrois, Riesling, Pinot bland, and Pinot gris. Tour myriad wine cellars, participate in wine tastings, mingle with the locals, or kick back at a charming café. Become a wine connoisseur with a visit to the Wine Museum or by taking a guided tour of the area. After working up an appetite, indulge in small fried fish (Friture) or baked pike, two area specialties. Check out the colorful Grape and Wine Festivals – complete with parades – in Spring and Fall. A boat trip from Schengen to Wasserbillig is another great way to spend a day. Moselle Valley is also home to Mondorf-les-Bains where you’ll find a glorious park and Mondorf Le Club, the biggest fitness and sauna facility in the Grand Duchy. If you’re feeling lucky, stop by nearby Casino 2000.

While you’re here, visit:

  • Mondorf Le Club and Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Baines
  • Local Grape and Wine Festivals (Spring and Fall)
  • Wine Museum in Ehnen
  • Bernard-Massard wine cellar in Grevenmacher
  • St. Martin wine cellar in Remich

SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS

Catch up on history, take in an art exhibition, pick up some fine china, and end the day on a hearty note with a generous portion of wild boar as you sip a glass of Pinot Noir. Jump on a “Hop On-Hop Off” tour bus – commentaries are given in seven languages – to experience the full flavor of Luxembourg City. Here’s a sampling of the colorful Sights and Attractions that make Luxembourg a must-see destination.

BACK IN TIME - HISTORY AND LANDMARKS

Long for Yesterday
Travel back in time as you witness 1,000 years of history in a mere 100 minutes. The Wenzel Walk takes you through Luxembourg’s oldest quarters, allowing you to experience the culture and history of this rich city. Its oldest sections were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Among other fascinating sights, you’ll view the Bock Promontory; Castle Bridge, built in 1735 from red sandstone; and the Church of St. Ulric, the city’s oldest parish church. To learn more about the development of this multi-faceted city, history enthusiasts can view audio-visual programs in the archeological crypt of the Bock Promontory and in the Jacob Tower.

That’s History
Get the inside scoop on military operations in the Ardennes at The National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, which emerged from the Diekirch Historical Museum. The Museum offers an in-depth education about the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg. There’s an extensive collection of weapons, uniforms, military equipment, along with soldiers’personal belongings, photographs, and maps. Another part of the museum caters to the history of Luxembourg’s own armed forces.

In Remembrance
The General Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck contains more than 1,000 photographs and documents pertaining to the German invasion in May 1940, the period of occupation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, and the liberation of the country by American troops in September 1944. You’ll find weapons and equipment that were discovered or excavated on the Ardennes battlefield. Take a photo next to the larger-than-life size statue of General George S. Patton Jr., commander of the 3rd U.S. Army, whose troops liberated the town of Ettelbruck on December 25, 1944. Many have come to know Ettelbruck as “Patton Town.”

Just in Case
Wind your way through a network of several levels of underground fortifications dating back to 1644 that are known as the Bock Casemates. Originally 14 miles of underground defensive passageways, some as deep as 131 feet, the casemates have earned the title of “Gibraltar of the North.” The archeological crypt is the site of an audiovisual presentation conveying the history of this massive site, deemed the cradle of Luxembourg. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Making a Splash
Overlooking the River Our, you’ll find the bold, brilliant, and skillfully restored Vianden Castle. Enter this enchanting 11th century gem to admire antique weaponry and armour, ornate furniture, and Gobelin tapestry. Afterwards, stroll through the charming medieval town of Vianden with its gothic churches, quaint lanes, and fortified towers. French Writer Victor Hugo stayed in Vianden during his exile. Stop by the newly renovated Victor Hugo House – operating as a museum since 1935 - where you’ll find original works and furniture, along with other personal documents. As you approach the museum, look for Rodin’s famous bust of Victor Hugo.

City Slickers
In the heart of the old part of the city, the Luxembourg City History Museum reveals the city’s history through original objects and through interactive multi-media technology. Check out the scale models depicting the city’s evolution from the 10th century and onwards. Be sure to inquire about special exhibitions on display.

Swan Lake
The ruins of the Beaufort Castle in Echternach are a great tribute to medieval times. The 12th century feudal case is situated near a lovely lake graced with delicate swans. For more daring visitors, there’s even a torture chamber. Summertime brings plays and concerts to this cherished area.

Show Me the Money
The Bank Museum (Musee du Banque) offers a golden history - nearly 150 years - of banking from the good ol' piggy bank to the ATM. There's even an exhibit about bank robbers. You won't need to use the ATM (or your piggy bank) - admission is free.

IN LIVING COLOR

In Flight
Nature lovers will delight in the brilliance of the Butterfly Garden in Grevenmacher. In just a single visit to this unique hothouse, you’ll discover everything you need to know about butterfly species from all over the world. You’ll even find exotic tropical plants. If you time it right, you may very well witness butterfly births in the “hatchery.”

AN EYE ON ART

The Power of Faith
Where else but Luxembourg can you view world-class photography inside a 12th century feudal castle selected by UNESCO for inscription on the “Memory of the World Register.” Created by Luxembourg-born Edward J. Steichen, “The Family of Man” is now a permanent exhibition at the Castle of Clervaux that boasts more than 500 black & white photos by 273 photographs from 68 countries. The theme of this powerful imagery is love and faith. Before its arrival to the Castle, the photos were on display at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, where Steichen served as Director of Photography from 1947 through 1962. He organized “The Family of Man” collection while holding this position.

Modern Art
Conceived by I.M. Pei, The Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean opened its doors in 2006. The collection will boast 200 works of art – from the 1980s to the present – by more than 100 artists from around the world.

IT'S OKAY TO WINE

A Bottle of White
Dry white wines are a big draw for the Moselle Valley. For starters, order a glass of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, or Elbling. Take a guided tour and participate in wine tastings at the numerous wine cellars in this scenic and fresh region.

THE ROAD TO WELLNESS

Health Is Wealth
At Mondorf le Domain Thermal, relax at Europe’s most modern and expansive spa situated near a magnificent park in Mondorf-les-Bains that is truly a greenery wonderland with its rich assortment of plants, woodlands, and well-manicured lawns. Get medicinal benefits from a mineral spring that’s 25 degrees Celsius. Let a fitness coach devise an exercise regimen to meet your unique needs. Wellness is king here with 70 weekly classes and a generous supply of cardio equipment and weights. Head for the climbing wall or to the squash courts. There’s also a Sauna Pavilion complete with Turkish bath, sauna, footbaths and whirlpool. Let your worries just float away. Mondorf-les-Baines is also home to Casino 2000, Luxembourg’s only casino. First-class restaurants are also on the premises so dress accordingly.

IN GOOD TASTE

Star Performances
Luxembourg has more Michelin-star (13-star) restaurants per capita than any other country in the world. Many describe the country’s cuisine as a blend of French finesse and German heartiness. Local dishes include “Judd matt Gaardebounen” (smoked collar of pork with broad beans), “Friture de la Moselle” (small deep fried river fish), “Pike in Riesling Sauce,” “Ardennes Ham,” “Wild Boar,” among other sumptuous specialties. Don’t forget to order a side of sausage and sauerkraut, and a bottle of wine. Or, opt for a beer, preferably Diekirch, Mousel, or Bofferding. Top it off with a cup of Luxembourg’s fine coffee and a slice of cake at one of the city’s many patisseries.

SHOP AROUND

Table Talk
For nearly 250 years, Villeroy & Boch has set the scene for elegant meals. You’ll see the finest antique porcelain on display as you discover the inner workings of this household name in fine china. And, they haven’t stopped spinning their wheels. Choose from a vast selection of tableware, crystal, and cutlery - in a wide variety of patterns, shapes, and colors - that will certainly add a touch of class to any recipe.

Well Worth It
Roam through the upscale boutiques in the Old City spotlighting clothes from European designers, along with galleries selling fine art. There’s also an abundance of souvenir shops brimming with handcrafted items, porcelain plates, paintings, and other items that are sure to bring a smile to the folks back home.

NATURAL BEAUTIES

One Step at a Time
Luxembourg is a hiker’s paradise, and there are countless opportunities to witness its many assets on foot. This is especially true in “Little Switzerland", a region with a network of marked trails that allows hikers to embark on peaceful strolls or opt for more challenging routes with rope-climbing and bold cliffs. There are also unique rock formations, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and delightful valleys. The Good Land is another area ripe for walkers who want to stroll along the Attert or Eisch rivers, or just meander from village to village. Brilliant apple trees and orchards are in full bloom every spring.

Spinning Wheels
The Ardennes region is ideal for mountain bikers who want to feast their eyes on the marvels of this scenic region. Whether your emphasis is on strenuous exercise or an easy ride , you can choose from fifteen routes. Routes vary with intensity so you’re sure to find something that suits your fitness level. Each route, ranging from 6.2 to 26 miles long, is clearly marked with user-friendly signage revealing the highlights of each specific route. There are even routes specifically designed for kids. The Ardennes is also a great place for avid hikers.

Source: www.visitluxembourg.com

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