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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


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Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east, and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.

History

The present-day state of Luxembourg first emerged at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The Grand Duchy, with its powerful fortress, became an independent state under the personal possession of William I of the Netherlands with a Prussian garrison to guard the city against another invasion from France. In 1839, following the turmoil of the Belgian Revolution, the purely French-speaking part of Luxembourg was ceded to Belgium and the Luxembourgish-speaking part became what is the present state of Luxembourg.



BEST TIME TO VISIT:


The best times to visit Luxembourg are Spring and fall. The months of May to September witness the peak of tourists. Luxembourg can be a very cold and wet place to visit in early winter. Generally speaking, early winter (from November until early January) is not considered the best time of year to be in Luxembourg by locals. The possibility of inclement weather makes it difficult to plan and the few hours of sunlight can make exploring quite limited. But if that doesn’t deter you, there are still lots of fantastic things to see and do in Luxembourg during winter.



FEW PLACES YOU CANNOT MISS VISITING HERE-


1. Clervaux

The small village of Clervaux is located in the north of Luxembourg. It has a magical appearance, as it lies in a valley between green forests. The pretty town looks like a scene straight from a fairytale with a cluster of white buildings nestled around the hills.




2. Ettelbruck

This town lies at the heart of Luxembourg, and it’s traditionally been the second-most important transportation hub for the country. Ettelbruck is an ideal place to spend a pleasant and relaxing holiday. Given its central location at the very heart of the Grand-Duchy, it is a picturesque town through which the major road and rail arteries pass to link the north and the south of the country.




3. Diekirch

This elegant town, sitting on the banks of the Sauer River, is the perfect country idyll: surrounded by lush greenery, these charming cobbled streets and historic passageways give visitors a glimpse into authentic Luxembourgish town life. Traditional squares in the town center play host to summer public concerts and folklore readings. The town is also home to the National Museum of Military History, which is well worth a visit year-round.



4. Larochette

The crumbling ruins of Larochette Castle dominate this small medieval town, visiting here feel like stepping into an ancient myth or legend. Located on the White Ernz River and surrounded by well-maintained walking paths, Larochette is the perfect starting point to explore the Luxembourg countryside. In the distance, you can glimpse the nearby (and better preserved) castle of Meysembourg; formerly a royal abode, it’s a charming architectural mixture of old French and Neo-Renaissance styles.



5. Esch-sur-Sûre

This tiny settlement is surrounded by craggy sandstone cliffs, giving the area a dramatic quality not often associated with the gentle landscape of Luxembourg. The cliff faces plunge sharply into the surrounding Sauer: avid geology buffs will be able to identify the different types of rocks from their vivid colors. Aside from the beauty of the natural landscape, the town is home to a ruined ancient castle of the same name, and there’s a popular horse-riding circuit; head for the hills to gaze down at exceptional panoramic views.





Ways to reach

By Air

Luxembourg City’s Findel Airport is well connected to all other countries across the globe.


By Rail

Several trains connect Luxembourg City with Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels.


Transportation In Luxembourg


By Road

Luxembourg has an excellent network of roads. There are regular buses that operate between all major towns. Eurolines is the main international bus service.



SOME RECOMMENDED PLACES TO STAY:

1. HOTEL LE ROYAL

2. SOFITEL LUXEMBOURG LE GRAND DUCAL

3. PARC HOTEL ALVISSE

4. MELIA LUXEMBOURG

5. DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON LUXEMBOURGH

6. NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG KIRCHBERG



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