Luxembourg is an intriguing country in Western Europe. Its residents enjoy an outstanding quality of living thanks to its status as the third-richest country in the world, and it has wine consumption statistics to match. The enchanting capital city and charming countryside work their patient magic on visitors; few people return from a holiday in Luxembourg having not fallen in love. Contradictory to its current peace and tranquillity, Luxembourg has a violent history, particularly in the Second World War. Luxembourg City has many museums and memorials paying tribute to this chapter of its past. You can also enjoy more light-hearted cultural attractions in the UNESCO-listed Old Town.
The capital of Luxembourg sits in a dramatic location between the gorges of the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers, and its old town is one of the most picturesque in Europe. The historic architecture creates a maze of narrow lanes and spectacular hidden buildings waiting to be discovered. The heavy fortifications that grew up around the city in medieval times still remain, creating a distinctive skyline. Walk the Chemin de la Corniche along the 17th-century ramparts for stunning views across the river valley – this route has been given the accolade of ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony’.
There are countless absorbing museums in Luxembourg City, and two of the most interactive are the Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and Am Tunnel, which exhibits photographic art. Food-lovers will find plenty to get excited about, particularly novel dining experiences like Le Sud. To get to this restaurant, you walk through a copper brewing still and take a lift. Its specialities are pigeon and truffles, which are served against a panoramic backdrop over the city. For a proper brasserie, try Mousel’s Cantine, which is wood-panelled and serves up delectable rustic delicacies.
The unusual rock formations and clear, gushing streams of Müllerthal make it ideal hiking country, and there are endless trails to explore. Head west from the town of Echternach to find this region. Cycling is also very popular, with bikes for hire and maps of the best trails. In summer you can canoe gently down the Sûre for a totally unique perspective on this spectacular country.
Echternach itself is a great base for outdoor enthusiasts. This historic town specialises in relaxed summer afternoons and its central square is the ideal spot for refreshments in the sunshine after a morning of activities. The surrounding countryside is criss-crossed with well-maintained tracks and paths which creates a haven for hikers and bikers, particularly those with children or who are less confident.
The Moselle Valley produces many high-quality white wines, including Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Rivaner. Many of the villages in this picturesque valley offer wine tasting, and throw gregarious festivals to celebrate the season’s wine production.