With just over half a million inhabitants, Luxembourg may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t brimming with things to see and do. Whether you’re after fairytale castles, Unesco-listed ancient fortifications or a multitude of Michelin-starred restaurants, Luxembourg holidays are guaranteed to offer something a little different.
This landlocked destination may share borders and influences with neighbouring Belgium, Germany and France, but it benefits from a strong and unique cultural heritage. Luxembourg’s capital, Luxembourg City – just a 15-minute transfer from the airport – is an ideal base for any trip, offering plenty to see and do in the way of shops, museums, cinemas, bars and restaurants, while its Old Town conceals a network of historic underground caves which can still be explored today. Beyond the city centre, Luxembourg’s verdant landscapes will delight keen walkers and nature lovers – think waterfalls, lakes and rolling hills in abundance – while wellness fans will delight in the country’s thermal springs. Head to Mondorf-les-Bains, to the south of Luxembourg’s capital, to experience them for yourself. If you’re a keen restaurant-goer, Luxembourg City has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. Crémant, Luxembourg’s equivalent of champagne, should definitely be sampled, too.
While Luxembourg’s warm summers will be a big draw for many visitors, come winter, the country transforms into a picture-perfect winter wonderland with Christmas markets and snow-covered turrets. Despite Luxembourg’s small size, there is always something to do, and never a bad time to visit.
See in spring by celebrating Buergbrennen, an annual ritual which sees a huge bonfire being lit to symbolise the end of winter. It takes place on the first Sunday after Lent.
23 June marks Luxembourg’s National Day. Expect to see all manner of celebrations, from live music to processions and fireworks, taking place across Luxembourg City and beyond.
Pick up a hand-crafted souvenir or two at one of the pretty Christmas markets that adorn the squares of Luxembourg City. It’s also a great opportunity to try some local delicacies.
Visit Vianden Castle
In the quaint town of Vianden to the north of Luxembourg City, this restored 10th-century castle offers a glimpse into the country’s past. Don’t miss the views.
Explore ancient caves
Luxembourg City boasts over 17 kilometres of underground tunnels – which once served as the city’s fortifications – known as the Bock Casemates. Just remember to watch your head!
Visit a vineyard
Wine museums and wineries dot the grape-growing region between Wasserbillig and Schengen, along the banks of the Moselle. The crémants and rosés are particularly good.