Spotlight on Luxembourg

October 12, 2017

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Although the smallest country in Europe, Luxembourg packs a punch.

Stumble across ancient towns with cobbled lanes, wander amongst the trees in the stunning countryside, discover magical castles. This enchanting country seems to cast a love spell upon any that visit, with travellers coming away deeply infatuated Luxembourg’s history, culture and beauty.

Things to do

  • Luxembourg’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Expect a plethora of adorable houses, shops and taverns, as well as church spires and an unexpected amount of greenery.
  • The 23km of Bock Casemates in Luxembourg City create an entire network of tunnels beneath the surface. Built by the Spanish in the 17th century, they make for an eerie yet historical tour.
  • Haven’t had your medieval fix in Luxembourg City? Meet ancient Vianden, a town typified by its spellbinding castle nestled within forestry. The candy-coloured buildings below are just as fairy tale-esque as the château.
  • Hidden deep within a mining cavern is St Michel’s captivating waterfall. The water cascades through a narrow hole, bringing with it an iridescent blue light.
  • Luxembourg’s oldest town, Echternach, sits right on the German border. Narrow, winding streets lined with historical architecture is protected by an ancient city wall. The summer sees a range of events, including the International Festival of Echternach.
  • Follow Luxembourg’s 42km wine route. Not only will you witness some of Europe’s most exquisite scenery, you’ll also get to taste the country’s excellent wines.
  • Educational yet sombre tours are available for the Battle of the Bulge, which took place through Luxembourg. Monuments and museums also serve as important reminders to Europe’s military history here.

What to eat

  • Ma Langue Sourit, just outside the capital, is a treat for the taste buds. Michelin-starred, it comes with a price tag but is certainly worth it. Their rather new-age menus include ‘the Expression of Moment’ and ‘the Invitation to Discovery’, with local as well as international flavours.
  • Vianden’s cosy and comfortable Hot-Stone Chalet restaurant offers a Swiss, rustic interior where diners can enjoy food served on hot stones.
  • A traditional tavern with modern touches, An Der Brauerei in south west Luxembourg is homely without losing any of its cool. The menu is demonstrative of Luxembourg’s ranging influences, with crème brûlée as well apple strudel.
  • Sweet tooths need to visit Kathy’s in the capital. This deli and cupcakery is ideal for breakfast or lunch. Options include pancake stacks, Caesar salad and New York cheesecake.

What to drink

  • Whether a wine bar or a vineyard, look out for bottles with the National Mark. You can guarantee wines from the Moselle region will be good. Keep an eye out for Pinot Gris or Riesling.
  • Excellent brewers, too, Luxembourg have a history in crafting beers. See for yourself at the National Brewery and Tannery Museum in Wiltz. It’s set in the castle’s ancient stables and boasts a mini brewery. You can even take some beer away from the museum shop.
  • Independent Café in Luxembourg City keeps everyone happy. Though designed like a bar, and serving an extensive list of wines, you can pick up soft drinks, teas and coffees here, too. So whether it’s a cheeky tipple or a perky coffee, head to Independent.

How to get there

Travel on our Dover-Dunkirk or Calais crossings and once you’re in France you’re approximately 3 and a half hours from Luxembourg. Also, less than 4 hours from our Dutch port, Luxembourg is easily accessible with a Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry crossing.

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