Luxembourg: our favorite spots to (re)discover the country
For the ones who already know Luxembourg, revisiting Luxembourg city is going to be as much fun as it what the first time. For those new to the city, Luxembourg city has a lot in store for you!
To begin with, did you know that the Old city, set in a scenic location on top of a cliff, is a UNESCO listed site? It is big enough to keep you busy for half a day or more, according to your pace. All you need to do is walk around to soak in its history, its majestic castle and palace. Then, go up on the cliff to the must-visit Bock Casemates. If you have not visited it yet, you should! Set on top of a cliff, it is a military engineering marvel, a set of cannon emplacements, used to protect the city of Luxembourg from attacks in the past. Just before entering the Casemates, follow the Chemin de la Corniche and have a walk all the way to the Citadel of the Holy Spirit. It is a breathtaking pathway that gives you a different feeling each time. If you are looking to spend some quiet time, then walk down to the Grund, the lower section of the city, from the other end of the Chemin de la Corniche and stroll by the river.
If you want to travel back in time, we recommend you to go the town of Vianden, in the Northern Ardennes region, to witness the spectacular Vianden castle, one of the most well-preserved medieval sites of the country.
Exploring along the water – Upper Sûre lake
The Upper Sûre Lake is a haven for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts. You can indulge in a range of water sports (swimming, canoeing, diving, windsurfing and sailing). It is also a great place to set down a blanket for a picnic and make a BBQ. No wonder it is one of the youngster’s favorite spot to hangout. You can also explore the region by numerous hiking trails and thematic paths.
Hiking in Luxembourg
With so many green areas and beautiful natural settings all round, you are undoubtedly in the perfect place for nature walks and hiking. Not just this, Luxembourg also has cycling routes and mountain bike circuits. So, slip in your hiking boots, grab a picnic, and set off on these trails.
- The Mullerthal Trail
Did you know that Luxembourg has its very own set of long-distance trails? The Mullerthal Trail, one of the most popular trails, covers the best of the stunning Mullerthal region near the German border. In fact, Mullerthal is also known as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland for its incredible natural beauty. Besides hiking in these forests, it is also possible to go climbing, kayaking or mountain biking around the trail. It is great for families and kids. If you have not explored this yet, this is exactly what you got to do! For more information on this trail, please visit this website.
- Schiessentümpel Waterfall
Yet another dreamy and picturesque beauty is the Schiessentümpel Waterfall located along the Mullerthal Trail. It is one of the most picture-perfect places in Luxembourg. Do stop by to enjoy the surreal beauty.
- Escapardenne Lee Trail & Eislek Trail
These trails are guided by excellent trail signs through the Luxembourgish and Belgian Ardennes and are split up into different. stages. Both are certified as “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe“. For more information on this trail, please visit this website.
- NaturWanderPark delux circular walk
Luxembourg has this wilderness that attracts many hikers and nature lovers. The country’s vast network of trails will leave you enchanted. Discover exceptional hiking trails along the rivers Sûre and Our, in the NaturWanderPark delux. Varied itineraries are proposed to experience the unique landscapes.
For more information on this, please visit this website.
Camping in Luxembourg
For all camping lovers, Luxembourg has lots of motor home campsites all over the river Sûre. For ‘traditional’ campsites (tents) you may like to go to Martbusch in Berdorf, which also offers accommodation in wooden pods.
Another option for Luxembourg camping and glamping lovers is Kautenbach in the Ardennes, also offering wooden pods and safari tents!
Between the Natural Parks of Upper-Sûre and Our is located the quaint spot “Camping du Nord”. Highly recommended for families with young children, and all nature lovers. It offers a myriad of activities ranging from outdoor leisure, hikes, biking, fishing, sports to relaxation.
Echternach – Roman villa
If you have decided to set off on the Mullerthal trail, Echternach is the largest city in the Mullerthal region. It serves more than just a base for your hikes. Its pedestrian historic centre, market square, and the famous Echternach Basilica, first founded in the 7th century but rebuilt several times throughout history, is worth a visit. Furthermore, on biking all the way to Echternach Lake – there is a Roman villa, one of the best Luxembourg archaeological sites. It is an adventure park on an island and lots of playgrounds for families to enjoy. It is a wonderful place for children to learn about life in Roman times and architecture. It is worth planning a visit with the family.
Parks for you to unwind
Summer is the most appropriate moment to reboot your mind and focus on the most important things of your life. Luxembourg has magnificent green spaces to help you relax and unwind. Whether you want to relax with your family, with friends or on your own, there is the Gaalgebierg Escher Déierepark, Escher Bamhaiser Municipal Park and many others. Feeling the need to reconnect with yourself? Have a yoga session in the early hours of the day. Looking for a nice afterwork hangout? Enjoy a game of Molkky, pétanque, cricket, mini-golf or even field hockey with your friends and/or relatives.
Activities for children to do in Luxembourg
Aside from the above-mentioned nature trails and historical sites, if you want to find other activities to do with your kids, take them to the ‘’Parc Merveilleux’’ or Marvelous Park located in Bettembourg, six miles away from Luxembourg City. It provides several attractions like mini-train, mini-golf, pony-express, concerts, games, zoo. The beautiful municipal park in Esch-sur-Alzette, is also definitely worth a visit. You can also take them for a tour on the Pétrusse express, a cute mini-train that takes you around the City of Luxembourg. Even if you are from the country itself, you will learn a lot about the historical past of the City that you might have not known yet by the recorded commentary. The train is located at the Montée de Clausen and there is a departure every 30 minutes.
Relaxing and wellness
Self-care should be in your to-do list this summer, and you do not even need to travel this far: Luxembourg has some of Europe’s best thermal springs. You can stay at Mondorf le Domaine Thermal and treat yourself to its relaxing spa and wellness treatments. For all water lovers, Pidal spa, set within a lovely, landscaped area, offers a relaxing sea water pool.
Wine tasting in Moselle
The valley of river Moselle has a captivating charm. Begun in this region thousands of years ago, the cultivation of the vine dates to the Roman times. Along the “Wäistrooss” or “Wine Route”, visits to picturesque winegrowing villages, wine tasting straight from the cellar door, walks through the vineyards, and visits to the wine museum in Ehnen will ensure that your day is a delightful one. The Moselle is only 20 km far from Luxembourg City, making it the perfect option to spend a day.
Luxembourg’s richness is highly underrated and full of surprises. The best part being that you do not even need to travel too far to feel in a new world, with a wide range of activities matching with all preferences.