Panoramic Lift Luxembourg City
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Destination Luxembourg

Small country, big variety!

Luxembourg entices visitors with variety and diversity! The multicultural, modern capital city that dates back a thousand years; five tourist regions with their own special charms; and not forgetting four sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List – and that’s just for starters. The Grand Duchy has a lot to offer across its 2,586 km². Certified high-quality hiking routes and thrilling mountain-bike trails also make the country very appealing to outdoor adventurers.

Although Luxembourg City has experienced breathtakingly fast modernisation in the last few decades, the nation’s capital remains a metropolis on a human scale. Despite counting only 125,000 souls, people from over 170 different countries call it their home, treasuring the community spirit in the green, fortified city that dates back over a millennium.

The historic old town stands out through its striking topography between the upper and lower parts. It is very close to the Grand Ducal Palace, while its impressive fortifications and unique underground casemates make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, the European quarter is characterised by its larger-than-life contemporary buildings, under which stand the popular Philharmonie and Mudam, the Contemporary Art Museum, designed by I. M. Pei. The best way to get to know the city is by going on one of its many walking tours.

A land of contrasts

Due to geological conditions, the Grand Duchy has many different landscapes in a small area: heavily forested ravines in the Luxembourg Ardennes, bizarre rock formations in the Mullerthal region (known as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland), idyllic vineyards along the Luxembourg Moselle, enchanting meadows in the western Guttland region, and old mining territory in the south of the country, known as the Land of the Red Rocks or the Minett.

The restored palaces and castles exude their former splendour once more. When you visit, you can experience cultural heritage and picture-perfect scenery at the same time. Vianden Castle, in the north, is one of the most highly regarded historic fortifications. The Beaufort Castles in the Mullerthal region, Clervaux Castle with its The Family of Man exhibition, which is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register, and the grand edifices in the Valley of the Seven Castles in Guttland, are just a few examples of Luxembourg’s varied and fascinating history.

Luxembourg city
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Active in nature

The Grand Duchy has one of Europe’s densest certified hiking trail networks. The paths cross through breathtaking landscapes: valleys, forests, cliffs, rivers and waterfalls.

The 112 km Mullerthal Trail, which has been distinguished with the “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe” label, is the headline hiking trail of the Mullerthal region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Three circular routes lead hikers through the unusual rock formations and past castles and palaces, as well as affording splendid panoramic views. Numerous accommodation providers offer “luggage-free hiking” and other services designed especially for hikers. A note of comfort for walkers: public transport in Luxembourg is free. So you can board any bus or train, at any time, knowing you won’t have to pay a cent.

Mullerthal Trail
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National hiking trails run through the Luxembourg Ardennes, including past the Upper Sûre Lake and through the Our and Upper Sûre Nature Parks. As a cross-border hiking trail, the Escapardenne Eislek Trail starts in the Luxembourgish village of Kautenbach and ends in the Belgian town of La Roche-en-Ardenne. Both this 106 km trail and the 53 km Escapardenne Lee Trail are also certified “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”.

Trails along the Moselle guide hikers through vineyards, and can include stop-offs at one of the many winegrowers or a boat trip on the river. The “Dream Loops” around the Moselle towns of Schengen and Ahn combine stunning views over the vineyards and the Moselle valley with a heavenly route through highly esteemed nature reserves, with the possibility for stops at renowned gastronomic addresses.

In the south, the former mines, with their literally red earth, form a spectacular hiking corridor. The Prënzbierg - Giele Botter Nature Reserve gives hobby geologists a good chance of finding some fossils. And the Haard, Luxembourg’s largest nature reserve, invites visitors to view the fascinating growth and decay process in the natural forest reserve. A particularly idyllic hiking trail leads through the west of the country, the Guttland region, along the Valley of the Seven Castles.

Cycling paradise

Luxembourg has over 600 km of cycle paths and an additional 700 km of mountain-bike trails. Whether you want to experience professional racing cyclists’ favourite routes, ride established mountain-bike trails, or amble along former railway tracks through disused tunnels and alongside rivers, you can have an authentic experience of the five holiday regions on your bike.