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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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Linked to the old town by the imposing Red Bridge, the Kirchberg plateau contains cutting-edge architecture, its glass-defined facades housing various official institutions (including the Luxembourg seat of the European Union), as well as the Philarmonie and MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, designed by the architect whose work includes the iconic glass pyramid of the Louvre in Paris.


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, Luxembourg City

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. Treat yourself to an oyster platter, or opt for the excellent value offers of the day.

Brasserie Ossada
35 Rue Laurent Ménager, Luxembourg City

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

27, rue des Capucins

A family patisserie with routes going back to the mid-19th century, Namur is still run by descendents of the founding father, and continues to delight with delectable pastries and deserts in Luxembourg and beyond. There is a very broad selection of sweets on offer, as well as artisan chocolates to bring home as souvenirs.

Chocolate House Bonn
20, Rue du Marché aux Herbes Luxembourg

Luxembourg's most respectable chocolatier runs a popular cafe 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.

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) travelers 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 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 bets 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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