Which European nation, just 84km long, rates among the world’s three richest countries? Remarkably the answer is Luxembourg. That’s some achievement given its wholesale destruction during WWII, a sad history remembered in war museums across the country. The country’s economic miracle started with steel but is now based particularly on banking – Belgians joke that visitors only go there to get their money out. But don’t leave Luxembourg to the bankers and Eurocrats. The capital has a fairy-tale quality to its Unesco-listed historic core, dramatically perched on a once-impregnable cliff top. Beyond, you’ll rapidly find yourself in rolling part-forested hills where a string of beguiling villages each form attractive huddles beneath medieval castles. Then there’s all the fun of the fizz in Moselle wine country and some loveable walks to take in the pretty micro-gorges of Müllerthal. All in all, this little country has plenty of surprises.
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