Want a winter break that captures the magic of Christmas and combines it with culture, fairytale castles, outstanding natural beauty and gourmet cuisine – then look no further than Luxembourg!
From late November to early January Luxembourg City hosts Winterlights, transforming the cobbled streets and medieval fortifications of this UNESCO World Heritage City into an enchanting winter wonderland.
Christmas markets and thousands of Winterlights
Thousands of lights and decorations sparkle in the City’s main squares, home to a variety of Christmas Markets. In the Place Guillaume an 800m2 rinks invites ice-skaters of all ages, whilst the 32m Ferris wheel at Place de la Constitution provides wonderful views of the Petrusse Valley and the historical old town of Luxembourg. Feast on traditional fare including fried potato cakes (Gromperekichelcher) and dumplings with cheese and bacon (Kniddelen) washed down with a glass of Glühwäin (spiced hot wine).
Luxembourg’s chalet-style Christmas markets are never too crowded and offer a host of unique gift ideas. During Winterlights, designer shops and boutiques are open on Sunday, and the streets are brought to life with some 250 concerts, events, street performances and animations for children including magicians and balloon sculptors. Bargain-hunters should come for the January sales.
Enjoy free access to more than 60 museums and tourist attractions in Luxembourg.
Art, history, theatre and music
If you want to catch some winter culture in the Capital, the Museum of Art & History, the city art gallery Villa Vauban, and the Museum of Natural History are located close to the Christmas markets. A few kilometres away you can also visit the MUDAM (contemporary art) or watch a performance from the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Theatre-lovers can catch world-class performances at the Grand Theatre, whilst less mainstream dance, theatre and comedy is performed in Rotondes, or if you prefer pop – Den Atelier and Rockhal host big name artists. For some memorable magic, the Advent Circus brings together acrobats, fire-eaters, trapeze artists and clowns from around the world to provide an authentic festive family experience.
Castles, spas and gourmet cuisine
Serious culture vultures will appreciate the Edward Steichen Collections, particularly the Family of Man collection, housed in Clervaux Castle, in the beautiful north of Luxembourg. History lovers can visit the fairytale castles of Luxembourg, many still in amazing condition and featuring stunning examples of Romanesque, medieval, gothic, and baroque architecture. Those who prefer some fine dining can sample the menu at the Michelin-starred Bourglinster Castle, whilst you can treat yourself to a spa and overnight stay in Urspelt Castle.
Gourmet cuisine lovers can taste local and international food at numerous fine-dining establishments in Luxembourg City, whilst those looking for relaxation can take advantage of the many spa retreats located a stone’s throw from the city centre.
Hiking, walking and biking in outstanding beauty
Nature lovers will fall in love with Luxembourg’s little Switzerland, the Mullerthal region, where enchanting cascades and fairytale forests filled with moss-covered rocks await you on numerous walking, hiking and cycling trails. To the northwest, the Upper Sûre Nature Park in the Ardennes offers numerous lakes and waterways and picture box snow covered landscapes and villages.
Be at home in multi-cultural, multi-lingual Luxembourg
The Luxembourgish motto “We want to remain what we are”, invites all visitors to make themselves feel at home, whatever the budget or winter leisure preferences. A multi-national residential population means that most Luxembourgers speak four languages, including English, and that the country’s capital, home to 170 different nationalities, has food, wine, entertainment and cultural pursuits to suit all tastes and create an unforgettable winter break.