Top Destinations in Luxembourg
Population: Approx 455 000
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1
Iceland is on Greenwich Mean T
Driving side: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Languages: Luxembourgish, Letzeburgesch, French, Ger
Religion: 97% Roman Catholic
1.5% other religions
Emergency #: Call tel. 113 for the police
tel. 112 for fire and ambulance
Luxembourg Local Customs
Drugs: Possession or use of drugs is illegal in Luxembourg, with severe penalties imposed on offenders
Luxembourg Popular Destinations
Luxembourg City - overlooking the Pétrusse and Alzette Valleys, the Grand Duchy's capital forms the cornerstone of a fortress that would become Luxembourg City. Of the fortress' remnants, the labyrinthine casemates are the most impressive to modern visitors. Its miles and miles of defensive passageways have earned it the nickname 'Gibraltar of the North'. Today, the casemates are a World Heritage Site, and 17km (11mi) of them are open to the public.
Chemin de la Corniche - a stunning attraction winding down from the Bock, is the pedestrian promenade known as the Chemin de la Corniche, which has been dubbed 'Europe's most beautiful balcony'. At its southern base, the Citadelle du St Esprit provides unmatched views of both the valleys and the lower town, (called Grund) a picturesque, cobble stoned quarter where the nightlife of the city is happening.
Luxembourg Ardennes - known as the Eisléck or Oesling, the Luxembourg Ardennes are the Grand Duchy's northernmost and most spectacular region. Featuring valleys, rivers, towering castles and three main towns, this area continues to be immensely popular. Of the towns - Clervaux is the most accessible, Vianden is the touristy town, and Wiltz is close to the hamlet of Esch-sur-Sûre, another very popular attraction.
Wine tasting - this is the top attraction of the Moselle Valley, especially for sweet, fruity white wines. The spectacular Moselle River marks southern Luxembourg's border with Germany, and is known to locals as the 'Wine River'. Then there is also Müllerthal (Little Switzerland), the playground of the people of Luxembourg for hiking, cycling and rock climbing.
Moving Around Luxembourg
Trains - Unlike its Benelux partners, Luxembourg does not have an extensive railway system, therefore moving around outside the main north-south line may be time-consuming.
Buses - The bus network is extensive and reliable.Almost all railway stations have luggage storage facilities, but many bus terminals do not.
Cars - Luxembourg's road network is also very good. Car rental is expensive, but still a good option for short stays.
Bicycling - Bicycle rental is an option, though it's not as popular here as in the rest of Western Europe.
National festival and holidays
For a small country, Luxembourg has an array of festivals. The most popular national events are:
Carnival - held six weeks before Easter
Burgsonndeg (Bonfire Day) - the following week
National Day - on 23 June, which is celebrated with parties and revelry akin to those on New Year's Eve, particularly in Luxembourg City.
Octave - a Catholic festival held from late April to early May - street parade headed up by the royal family
Schueberfouer - a fortnight's worth of fair-type fun held in late August that features a cavalcade of decorated sheep joining in the streetside revelry.
Whitsunday - east of the capital, the Müllerthal town of Echternach celebrates the 7th Sunday after Easter
Broom Flower festival - that same weekend of easter, up in Ardennes, the town of Wiltz celebrates its yearly flower festival with parades and colourful floats.
Wine festival - the Moselle Valley's wine festivals begin in August and run through November's 'New Wine' celebration in Wormeldange.
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