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Nestled between Belgium, Germany and France, the tiny country of Luxembourg is known for being a pocket of wealth and for its many fairytale castles dotted the rugged terrain in the Ardennes. The capital, Luxembourg City, sits on top of a striking clifftop and its pretty historic quarter is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thanks to its location in central Europe, Luxembourg is easy to get to by plane, train or car. Luxembourg Airport is the country’s only international airport and the national airline, Lux Air, flies frequently between the country and many other European cities, including London, Rome and Stockholm. Luxembourg Railway Station has direct links to Paris, Brussels and Trier, and there are also regular buses running in between the capital city and Saarbrücken.
The weather in Luxembourg is never too extreme, and the landlocked country experiences sunny summers and mild winters, as well as less annual rainfall than Holland and Belgium. Most visitors head to Luxembourg during the summer months, though visiting in winter also has its advantages. Hotels are cheaper and there are many winter events, as the country’s theatres host many shows and productions during this period.
Luxembourg City effortlessly mixes history and modernity as contemporary buildings stand right next to historic architecture. It’s a small hub of culture with numerous internationally renowned museums, galleries and theatres, and there is also a large choice of high-end eateries – the city proudly lays claim to having the most Michelin stars per capita than any other city.
In the north of the country, the Luxembourg Ardennes region attracts visitors who want to stay in luxury rural retreats. There are many four and five-star hotels situated in the dramatic landscape, which is made up of picturesque valleys and rolling hills. Popular with hikers and cyclists, there are a number of routes snaking through the area that pass by the Ardennes’ famous castles and medieval ruins.
The Moselle River, one of Luxembourg’s major rivers, creates a natural border with Germany, and also gives its name to one of the country’s most famous regions. Known for its vineyards, the Moselle produces Luxembourg’s best wines, as well as a variety of fruity schnapps and liqueurs. A popular hiking route leads visitors to some of the area’s best vineyards, and is one of the best ways to discover the region’s popular drinks and stunning scenery.
Luxembourg’s main tourist attractions are its many castles and palaces. These fairytale fortresses are often located on cliffs overlooking sprawling green valleys. Vianden Castle, the country’s most famous stronghold, is one of Europe’s best examples of a feudal residence from the Gothic era, while the Grand Ducal Palace is situated right in the middle of Luxembourg City and visitors can join a guided tour to learn about its former residents and to get a glimpse of Luxembourg’s history.