Belgium and Luxembourg: travel books to read before you go
Few foreigners have taken up the challenge of penning travel tales about Belgium…and only one man has tackled Luxembourg. Still, what’s on offer is well worth reading...
Places in Luxembourg
A fine base for hiking and biking, Echternach also sports Luxembourg’s prettiest town square, its holiest basilica-church and it's most internationally famous folkloric festival. Site of a 1st-century Roman villa, Echternach passed to the Merovingian kings, who in turn presented the area to Northumbrian missionary St-Willibrord who founded a church here in AD 698.
Palace, citadel or fortified cathedral? At first glance it’s hard to tell just what it is that towers so grandly amid the mists and wooded hills above historic little Vianden. In fact it’s a vast slate-roofed castle complex whose impregnable white stone walls glow golden in the evening’s floodlights, creating one of Luxembourg’s most photogenic scenes.
Across a pretty, part-wooded valley behind Beaufort village (www.beaufort.lu) lies the very imposing five-storey ruins of a medieval stone fortress. Once the site of a Roman camp, the sandstone castle expanded from 12th-century origins but never recovered from WWII bombing during the Battle of the Ardennes.
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Destination at a glance: Luxembourg
Luxembourg is one of those wonderful little European countries that can easily be undressed from head to toe in a week – many a traveller's dream...