Overview of Luxembourg

 

Luxembourg lies dwarfed between its much larger neighbours of France, Germany and Belgium.

Throughout its history, the Grand Duchy has had to ward off or withstand many an invasion, occupation and siege. Its national motto proudly proclaims: 'We want to remain what we are'.

However, Luxembourgers are far from staunch conservatives. In the city and countryside you will find they grab every opportunity to hold a festival or parade, and there are plenty of warmly welcoming bars and cafes where the good times roll.

Luxembourg suffers today not from the threat of invasion but from a laziness of perception. It is often seen as a place that is great for business, but not particularly exciting for the leisure traveller. While it is true that there will usually be more trips to Luxembourg booked through our corporate Travel Managers than by sightseers planning a tour of Europe, Luxembourg has much more to offer than a change of scenery for institutional bankers and European Union bureaucrats.

Luxembourg is located at the crossroads of several major highways, and, if you are going to travel through the country, you should definitely stop and stay a while. Behind those glass office blocks and flags flying outside official buildings, you will find fascinating medieval fortresses, rolling woodlands, sun-drenched castles and atmospheric villages.

The entire country takes up less space than a major city, measuring just 51 miles (85km) in length and 32 miles (52km) in width. Yet those who take the time to unwrap this small package will reveal a surprising wealth of activities and attractions.

The Ardennes region is hilly, densely forested and dotted with medieval castles that help to lend a powerful sense of history – as does the site of the famous World War II ‘Battle of the Bulge’.

The Mullerthal area is where you should head if you are interested in hiking. Here you will walk through dense forests and see curious sandstone rock formations that were created over millennia by cascading waterfalls.

The Moselle is the wine-growing region that offers picturesque views and some extremely quaffable white wines.

Luxembourg City developed around an ancient fortified citadel, in a setting that is unique and strangely beautiful.

In addition, wherever you are in Luxembourg, fine dining is wonderfully effortless to come by. The Grand Duchy has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other country in the world.

Climate

Luxembourg's weather is generally temperate, with the warmest months from May to September. The average temperature in the hottest summer month of July is 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit), falling to around freezing point in January’s winter depths. Snow can fall in winter, and the northern area is wetter and colder than the south.

Language

The official language in Luxembourg is Letzeburgesch, which is a dialectal mix of German and French. Thankfully for tourists, French and German are also widely used, and English is commonly spoken.

Passport Visa

Luxembourg is a member of the European Union. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Non-EEA visitors should hold onward or return tickets.

Safety

Travel to and around Luxembourg is very safe and likely to be trouble free. Of course, you should still take all the usual, sensible precautions.

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