Loveable Luxembourg

  • 5 Days

Little Luxembourg makes an unexpectedly complete destination. Accommodation prices in Luxembourg City fall dramatically at weekends, while midweek is better for the rural castle villages, with smaller crowds and less traffic on the country lanes.

Arrive in Luxembourg City on Friday afternoon to make the most of the city's vibrant nightlife, particularly at Rives de Clausen within a former brewery. Buy a Luxembourg Card on Saturday if you're planning to see all of the main museums, or just stroll the remarkable city ramparts and plunging gorges. On Monday strike out for Echternach, either via the village of Larochette or through the vine-ribboned Moselle wine country. Hike in the magical Müllerthal micro-canyons then head to Diekirch to learn about Luxembourg's WWII history at the country's national military museum. Consider visiting Bourscheid to admire one of the Grand Duchy's most impressive medieval castle ruins and its 17th-century neighbour. Head to Vianden, whose restored fortress looms above the charming little town, reached by a precipitous chairlift. Travel on to pretty Clervaux, whose castle contains Edward Steichen's extraordinary World Heritage–listed photography exhibition Family of Man, then continue to Liège in Belgium or return to Luxembourg City.