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Luxembourg

Luxembourg, with its modest 1000 square mile area, holds many unexpected treasures. From UNESCO-recognized medieval fortifications to the prized Moselle wines, a lively arts scene, cutting-edge architectural marvels, and influential EU institutions, this tiny European country has something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy skiing on the excellent slopes of the northern Ardennes and exploring the scenic trails of the Valley of Seven Castes or Mullerthal with its unique sandstone formations.

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Kirchberg
Kirchberg

Situated in the northeast of Luxembourg City, Kirchberg is the city’s business district overlooking the historic city centre, Ville Haute. Linked by the iconic Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge, also known as the ‘Red Bridge’, Kirchberg showcases a gallery of contemporary architecture designed by renowned architects. Noteworthy landmarks include the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean MUDAM, crafted by the acclaimed architect Ieoh Ming Pei, creator of the Louvre's glass pyramid. The district also features cultural gems like a glass cathedral adorned with Wim Delvoye's stained glass and the Philharmonie, renowned for its world-class acoustics. Kirchberg is also home to several key European Union institutions, including the European Court of Justice, the European Investment Bank, and the European Court of Auditors.

Grund

The charming area of Grund in Lower Luxembourg is one not to be missed on a city tour. Take the Saint Esprit lift and descent into the valley, where historic monuments, such as the UNESCO-listed Neumünster Abbey and 14th-century houses forge an inviting atmosphere – especially so when the Grund comes alive at night. There is some excellent dining to be had here, including the Michelin-starred Kamakura and Mosconi.

Brasserie Guillaume
12 Place Guillaume II, Ville-Haute Luxembourg

Located smack in the heart of Luxembourg City's old town, Brasserie Guillaume is an incredible address to remember for seafood lovers. Seafood quality is taken very seriously here, with regular deliveries from the region's best suppliers and fishmongers. Treat yourself to an oyster platter, mussels, or opt for their signature carpaccio.

Brasserie Osada
35 Rue Laurent Ménager, Pafendall Luxembourg

For a taste of traditional Luxembourgish fare, try this local eatery serving up specialities such as 'kniddelen' (boiled potato dumplings) that come in several varieties (try the sampling platter for two if you're interested in having a few).

Chocolate House Nathalie Bonn
20 Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, Ville-Haute Luxembourg

Luxembourg's most respectable chocolatier runs a popular café right across from Palais Grand-Ducal, in a beautiful historic building dating back to the 15th century. Although the boutique stocks a plethora of hand-crafted chocolates and sweet spreads, the speciality here is hot chocolate: take a pick from the impressive spoon display featuring a variety of flavours, each individually packaged and ready to become an excellent souvenir or a drink to have right then and there. Treats sold are all-natural, with no artificial additives or palm oil.

Marché Luxembourg

Every Wednesday and Saturday Luxembourg City's Place Guillaume II (and Place de Paris on Wednesdays) transform into a fresh produce market featuring the finest products from the region: fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, spreads, jams, and more. Many of the towns and villages across Luxembourg host their own weekly produce markets; the exact days of the week may vary by location.

Passport / Visa

Luxembourg can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

Luxembourg can be visited at any time of year. Keep in mind, however, that some attractions, especially in the Ardennes area, may only function at full capacity during the high season months of July and August (for example, guided tours to some castles/museums may only be available during those months). Do not let this be a decisive factor though, since most attractions can still be visited on your own. If you're looking for active pastimes, such as hiking, late spring or early autumn may be your best bet with regard to comfortable temperatures. While the summer season may be better for trips and excursions, the pre-Christmas period with its atmospheric markets is another good time to go, and temperatures rarely drop below zero even in the winter.

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